Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cocaine Smuggler Harinder Dhaliwal pulls 20 years

Harinder Dhaliwal, 47, of Brampton has been sentenced to 20 years in a U.S. federal prison for his role in a massive smuggling operation that sent more than $130 million worth of drugs between the United States and Canada. Prosecutors say the operation involving Dhaliwal and at least six others sent cocaine from the United States into Canada and marijuana and ecstasy from Canada to the United States between 2006 and 2011. The drugs were hidden in secret compartments in the floors of tractor-trailers.
Dhaliwal admitted he helped transport more than 3,000 kilograms of cocaine, mostly through New York, in transport trucks crossing several international bridges. 230 kilograms of cocaine was seized.
Richmond resident Alvin Randhawa was sentenced to over seven years in jail following his conviction in the cocaine smuggling ring. Randhawa's older brother Alexie was also in a US prison from another cocaine smuggling operation. He served four years before returning to Canada and his $55 per hour job as a Vancouver dockworker. The fallout from Alvin and Alexie Randhawa's drug smuggling hit their brother Arun Randhawa who is also a longshoreman. Arun argued in court that it's unfair to deny him a special security pass because of his brothers' crimes. He lost. Like most wholesale drug operations the Hells Angels were involved according to police.
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