CBSA officers seize $28.5 million worth of meth at Coutts border
CBSA officers seized a record-breaking 228 kgs of methamphetamine at Coutts port of entry on Christmas Day 2020. (CNW Group/Canada Border Services Agency)
COUTTS, AB. – A massive drug bust at the Canada/U.S. border in southern Alberta late last year has prevented a large amount of methamphetamine from hitting our streets.
Border guards at Coutts referred a semi truck hauling produce for further inspection on Christmas Day 2020.
While examining the shipment, CBSA officers uncovered over 228 kilograms of meth worth an estimated $28.5 million.
RCMP say this amount of methamphetamine translates to 2.28 individual hits of the illegal drug.
“While many Canadians were celebrating Christmas at home, border services officers at Coutts remained on the front line to protect our country. It is because of CBSA officers’ diligence while screening essential goods that this record amount of methamphetamine did not reach our streets or cause harm to our communities,” stated Ben Tame, Director, Southern Alberta and Southern Saskatchewan District, Prairie Region, Canada Border Services Agency
Police have charged the truck driver, 28 year old Amarpreet Singh Sandhu of Calgary with drug trafficking and importing a controlled substance.
Sandhu will appear in court in Lethbridge on February 11th.
Both the CBSA and RCMP say seizing and effectively preventing this enormous amount of meth from reaching our streets will have a positive impact on the safety of all Alberta communities.