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Drug trafficking in Canada - 7 Punjabi NRIs Arrested for the fraud

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7 Punjabi NRIs held for fraud, drug trafficking in Canada

Jalandhar, September 6, 2018: In an eight-month-long joint operation, the Peel Regional Police in Canada’s Ontario province has arrested 10 persons, including seven Punjabi NRIs, for their alleged involvement in drug trafficking and fraud.

The police had initiated an investigation about a year ago, focusing on a group of persons operating from Peel in Greater Toronto Area and South Western Ontario. They tracked the links of the arrested persons with criminals based in the US and Pakistan. “These arrests exemplify the excellent work our officers are doing to take drugs off the street and put criminals behind bars. Criminal operations today are borderless, and the partnerships we have are vital to our success,” Peal Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans was quoted as saying.

The arrests were made following eight search warrants executed across Ontario on the basis of allegations ranging from importing and trafficking of heroin and opioids, possession of property by way of crime, traffic and possession of stolen property, and fraud.

Those arrested include Ravi Shanker (56), Gurinder Bedi (52), Bhupinder Raja (64), Satnarine Ori (35), Sukhveer Brar (28), Gurpreet Dhillon (39), Dilbag Aujla (70) and Karan Ghuman (44) — all from Brampton, besides Azadali Damani (63) from Kitchener and Darshan Bedi (71) from Woodstock city.

The investigation has led to the seizure of 2.6 kg of opium with a street value of $65,000 and 1.4 kg of heroin valued at $1,40,000, 17 gm of methamphetamine worth $1,700, 1 kg of marijuana valued at $4,500, $4.5-million stolen tractor trailer cargo and $50,000 in Canadian currency.

The Peel Regional Police investigators had partnered with 13 Canadian and US police and other organisations to carry out the investigation, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canada Border Services Agency, US Department of Homeland Security and the US Drug Enforcement Agency.
7 Punjabi NRIs held for fraud, drug trafficking in Canada

Source of Information: The Tribune