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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
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Jury finds couple guilty in Coutts drug smuggling trial

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – A jury found a husband and wife guilty Monday night (Apr. 26) of attempting to smuggle nearly 100-kilograms of cocaine into Canada from the United States.

Back in December 2017, Gurminder and Kirandeep Toor were stopped at the Coutts border crossing so officers could inspect the commercial vehicle they were driving. The Toors said they were hauling produce from California to a business here in Alberta.

However, CBSA officers uncovered 84 bricks of cocaine that was stashed away in the cab of the truck. At the time of the offence, it was believed that this was the largest-ever drug bust at Coutts.

Gurminder was found guilty of two charges – importing a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking – while Kirandeep was only found guilty of a much lesser drug possession offence.

They’re expected back in a Lethbridge courtroom on May 10 to set their sentencing date.

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Sam Borsato

I started my radio career in 2015, shortly after graduating from Lethbridge College. I have a very strong passion for local news.

Proudly born in 1994, I grew up most of my life in Sylvan Lake, AB and I’ve lived in the Lethbridge since 2012. I’m a below average golfer on a good day, I take as many hiking trips to Waterton as possible in the summer and I love my two cats, Outlaw and Jynx, and my dog, Maverick, more than most people I know.

I look forward to providing accurate, timely news coverage in southern Alberta for plenty of years to come!

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