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CBSA officers seize $28.5 million worth of meth at Coutts border

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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.

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“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.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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