Canadian arrested with load of cocaine at border
Federal agents at the U.S.-Canadian border have arrested the owner of a Canadian trucking firm and confiscated 192 pounds of cocaine they say was hidden in a truck he was driving from California into British Columbia.
Sukhvinder Shoker, the driver and owner of a firm advertised as Careful Movers and Delivery Services," is expected to appear for arraignment before a U.S. magistrate judge in Seattle this afternoon.
His truck was stopped on Saturday at the Pacific Highway Port of Entry and agents observed what appeared to be a false wall hiding a compartment in the back of his truck, according to a complaint filed today in federal court. Agents found 24 cardboard boxes containing 87 kilograms of cocaine, the complaint alleges.
According to the documents, Shoker picked the boxes up in California after a man he owed money to said he would work off the debt by moving several loads across the border. Shoker, the complaint says, told the agents he didn't know what was in the boxes, but knew it was illegal and probably contained drugs.
Federal prosecutors say the seizure is the largest cocaine interdiction at the border since July, when agents seized 238 pounds of the drug.
Shoker has been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
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