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NRI of Brampton, has been charged with possession of a uncut cocaine worth $8 million

Toronto, February 7, 2007
Sohan Sahota & J. Gill

NRI, Avtar Sandhu, 39, a truck driver of Brampton, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. More than 200 kilos (packed in one-kilo bricks) of cocaine was hidden in a load of vegetables in the back of a tractor trailer.

Police said the drugs are worth about $8 million
and it could have been turned into $20 million worth of street sales.

It happened on Sunday morning when an Ministry of Transportation Officer (M.T.O) saw the two vehicles parked by the side of the road and stopped to see if he could be of any assistance. One was a tractor trailer that southbound on James Snow Parkway from Steeles Ave., heading toward the 401. From there, it could have gone anywhere, Mannella said.

MTO officer noticed the driver became nervous and he decided to take a closer look and called the police. As soon as reinforcements arrived, the driver was immediately taken into custody. He has been held in custody without bail.

"It was just a suspicious conversation with the driver of the truck," Mannella said. "We have no indication right now what it was doing in our region.

Today, the police displayed package after package of the illegal drug to the world at a press conference. It is the largest seizure of cocaine in the history of the Halton Police.

Police and Investigators are still trying to determine where the drugs were coming from and where they were heading. It is believed that the shipment could be connected to a larger drug ring.

"What you see here represents a lot of potential criminal activity," explains Det. Insp. Chris Perkins of Halton Regional Police. "Not only from crimes committed in order to make individual purchases, but from the clearly sophisticated group responsible for transporting a shipment of such size and value."