Canadian NRIs must learned by now that the Amercian system is
a lot tougher than their Canadian systen
Delta, BC, Aug. 12, 2009
NRI Davinder Singh, of Delta, was well-known for his involvement
in the sport of Kabaddi - both as a coach and a player, entered
the guilty plea in a Fresno, California court - just six weeks
after co-accused, Thai Hoang Nguyen, of Surrey, also pleaded guilty.
The Vancouver pair and two American co-accused had put together
$1.4 million to buy 85 kilos of cocaine to sell in B.C. But the
plot was foiled by the DEA.
- Davinder Singh of Delta, scheduled for sentencing on October
- NRI SOKHA BHOPAL, 50, of Valencia, Calif. is scheduled to appear
again before Judge Wanger on August 31, 2009.
Delta NRI Kabaddi Player
Admits Guilt in $1.4 Million Bakersfield Drug Bust
Aug. 05, 2009
United States Attorney Lawrence G. Brown and DEA Special Agent-in-Charge
Anthony Williams announced today that DAVINDER SINGH, 41, Delta,
British Columbia, Canada pleaded guilty to conspiring to purchase
and then resell 85 kilograms, or about 187 pounds, of cocaine in
SINGH is a professional kabaddi player and coach in Canada. Kabaddi
is a team sport involving wrestling, popular in India and Bangladesh.
SINGH’s guilty plea is the second in the federal prosecution.
On June 29, 2009, THAI HOANG NGUYEN, 32, of Surrey, British Columbia,
Canada pleaded guilty to the drug conspiracy. SOKHA BHOPAL, 50,
of Valencia, Calif., and VATH LIM, 34, of El Monte, Calif., are
also charged in the conspiracy.
This case is the product of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement
Task Force (OCDETF) investigation by the Bakersfield DEA and Kern
County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
According to Assistant United States Attorney Karen A. Escobar,
who is prosecuting the case, DEA agents seized over $1.2 million
in cash in Bakersfield after SINGH, BHOPAL, LIM, and NGUYEN brought
it to a drug deal to pay for 85 kilograms of cocaine. The cash and
another $106,806 from an account maintained by BHOPAL are being
forfeited as drug proceeds.
SINGH is scheduled for sentencing before Senior United States District
Judge Oliver W. Wanger on October 19, 2009. NGUYEN’s sentencing
is scheduled for September 14, 2009. BHOPAL and LIM are scheduled
to appear again before Judge Wanger on August 31, 2009.
SINGH and NGUYEN face a minimum prison term of 10 years and a maximum
of life, along with a maximum fine of $4 million. The actual sentence,
however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after
consideration of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into
account a number of variables and any applicable statutory sentencing
In a similar operation in Bakersfield, the DEA and the Kern County
Sheriff’s Office seized over $1 million from Canadian citizens
attempting to purchase cocaine for distribution in Canada. HARJEET
MANN, SUKHRAJ DHALIWAL, and GURMEET BISLA were found guilty following
a three-week jury trial in June 2009. A third defendant, JASDEV
SINGH entered a guilty plea before trial. As a result of these two
cases, the DEA and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office have seized
over $2.4 million in U.S. currency derived from drug sales.
NRIs denied bail for attempting to buy 85 kilo of cocaine
Delta, BC, Oct. 07, 2008
NRI Davinder Singh of Delta, 40, of Delta, British Columbia, Canada
and American associates, NRI Sokha Bhopal were denied bail last
week after allegedly attempting to buy 85 kilo of cocaine in Bakersfield,
Calif. Thai Hoang Nguyen of Surrey, BC, Canada was also arrested
along with Davinder Singh.
In Davinder and Nguyen of Surrey, BC's bust, the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration followed two American associates, Sokha Bhopal and
Vath Lim, last month as they allegedly arranged and completed a
cocaine for cash deal worth $1,487,500 U.S.A tip about the deal
came from a confidential informant who told the DEA that Bhopal
was looking to buy cocaine from Mexico. The DEA then engaged in
a sting in which an agent posed as the cocaine supplier arranging
meetings and phonecalls with the suspects through the informant.
The four men allegedly packed the money into two separate vehicles
and met the agent in the parking lot of a restaurant.