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Toronto NRI Lacchman Chahal could face 20 years in prison
His partner NRI Hans fled during the trial
Tried to smuggle 147 kilograms of cocaine/ worth $14 million


Tornoto, July 08, 2010
Staff Reporter

It was one of the biggest drug seizures in the history of Canada at the crossing of the Ambassador Bridge, Windsor, should go to prison for up to 20 years, a prosecutor, Richard Pollock said Wednesday.

NRI Lacchman Singh Chahal, 41, tried to smuggle 147 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the cargo of California vegetables, worth an estimated $14 million into Canada, on the morning of Feb. 19, 2007

The prosecutor said:

  • Mr Lacchman Chahal and Hans were working as team, were charged with importing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Hans fled during the trial.
  • The authorities have identified importers as “the critical link” between foreign suppliers and domestic distributors of illicit drugs in Canada

Chahal’s lawyer said:

  • He is a first-time offender and confirmed that he was “not a key player” in the operation.
  • He is simple man  and uncomplicated family man
  • He should be sentenced of 12 to 14 years..

Lacchman Singh Chahal  will be sentenced on Sept. 10. 2010


Two NRIs charged with importation of 147 kilograms cocaine at Ambassador Bridge

One of the largest cocaine seizures to have occurred at a land border crossing in Ontario, Canada

Toronto, February 22, 2007
J. Gill, Windsor and Ramesh in CA

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that officers at the Ambassador Bridge seized approximately 147 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated value of $14 million.

One officer of the CBSA said the contraband was arranged in 109 bricks contained in seven bags and a suitcase and they were within the load itself, in the trailer. It is the largest cocaine seizure to have occurred in Windsor and as well, this is one of the largest cocaine seizures to have occurred at a land border crossing in Ontario

NRI Lachhman Chahal, 37, of Brantford, Sandeep Hans, 29, of Mississauga, and face charges of importation of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Both NRIs in the truck cab are Canadian nationals and Ontario residents.

On Monday, just before 7 a.m. drug was found in a routine examination of a truck carrying mixed produce that originated in California. The tractor-trailer was unloaded, sniffed by detector dogs, and subjected to the agency's mobile X-ray system.

Another officer of the CBSA said, "This seizure is an excellent example of our unwavering commitment to preventing illegal drugs from crossing our border and entering our communities.Thanks to the exceptional work of our CBSA officers, our streets are safer and illegal drugs are being kept out of our country.”

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

Over the past several years, the CBSA has spent approximately $70 million dollars on detection equipment to meet the challenges and demands of securing Canada’s border. The emphasis on border security is interdependent with the need to allow the free-flow of legitimate people and goods across the border.

The VACIS™ unit detects cross-border shipment irregularities like this cocaine pack
hidden in a crate of lettuce

The mobile VACIS™ is a truck-mounted, gamma-ray scanning system that captures an image of a marine container, rail car or truck’s contents. The images are similar in many ways to an X-ray. This technology allows shipments to be scanned quickly and safely and helps officers identify hidden compartments and detect contraband, weapons and other potentially dangerous goods. The CBSA also has the Pallet VACIS™, which is used to scan pallets and large pieces of freight at marine container examination facilities. This technology is invaluable as it allows officers to see what the human eye cannot.

Anyone with information about this case or any other suspicious cross-border activity is asked to contact the CBSA's toll-free Border Watch hotline at 1-888-502-9060.

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