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ISP: Truck inspection here leads to $1.5M drug seizure

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A truck inspection on Monday at the eastbound I-94 weigh station in Porter County led to a large drug seizure, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 1:15 p.m. inspectors were completing a Level 2 inspection of a commercial vehicle when the trailer’s contents raised their suspicions. The “2016 Volvo, owned/operated by American Roadies Inc., based out of San Jose, Calif., was pulling a trailer loaded with 18,000 pounds of minced garlic,” police said. “As the inspector looked in the trailer, he observed what appeared to be a black case which was inconsistent with the rest of the freight.”

The case proved to contain several packages of a white substance, which subsequently field-tested positive for the presence of cocaine, police said.

“The occupants of the truck were taken into custody without incident,” police said. “A total of 50 kilos of suspected cocaine"--approximately 110 pounds of it--"was recovered from the trailer. The inspection was completed with numerous violations being noted and the truck’s being impounded. The estimated street value of this seizure is approximately $1.5 to $2 million.”

The truck’s occupants, Baljinder Singh, 37, of Indio, Calif., and Gurwinder Singh, 32, of Riverside, Calif., were charged with possession of cocaine and transported to Porter County Jail, police said.

Assisting at the scene was the Porter County Sheriff’s Police.


Posted 12/9/20




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