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Canadian pleads guilty in cross-border cocaine smuggling

A British Columbia man has pleaded guilty in connection to what the U.S. Attorney says is another major drug trafficking organization, this time operating in Canada. Thirty-five-year-old Alvin Randhawa pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export cocaine from the United States into Canada, a charge that carries a 10-years-to-life prison sentence and a $10 million fine. Assistant

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Lynch says that between July 2010 and May 2011, Randhawa conspired with others to smuggle cocaine across several international bridges, including in the Buffalo-Niagara region. Investigators believe that this organization trafficked approximately 2,000 kilograms of cocaine - approximately $80 million in value - during the course of the conspiracy.

Randhawa was indicted along with Gursharan Singh and Harinder Dhaliwal. Singh has been convicted. Charges are pending against Dhaliwal.

Also charged in the conspiracy were Ravinder Arora, Michael Bagri and Parminder Sidhu. All three defendants have been convicted.  

Sentencing for Randhawa will be scheduled for a later date.