Indian held for smuggling marijuana

Washington, June 17:

An Indian national has been arrested for smuggling about 3,346 pounds of marijuana worth approximately $ 5 million into the US from Canada, a US attorney said on Tuesday.

Arrested on charges of importing and possessing with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, Gurpreet Singh, 30, faces mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life sentence on being convicted.

Singh was arrested driving a commercial truck on the Peace Bridge from Canada to the US at Niagara Falls in the upstate New York.

A commercial truck carrying 22 skids of peat moss and bearing Ontario, Canada license plates attempted to enter the United States at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry.

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