Indo-Canadian among two held in drug bust

Ottawa, Aug 8 (IANS) An Indian-origin man and his accomplice have charged with several offences after drugs, weapons, cash and a stolen motorcycle were seized from their apartment in Canada’s Calgary province, a media report said.

Gurnazbir Singh Sandhu, 25, and his accomplice Richard Julies Rysdale, 28 were arrested in from their Taradale city apartment with the help of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers, a report in Calgary Herald said.

The police were working out modalities to deport Sandhu to India.

Following a two-week investigation, drug unit officials were called to Sandhu’s residence on July 28 to execute a search warrant.

The two residents were at home at the time of search.

The police found 11,645 Canadian dollars ($8,866) cash, including 42 different types of foreign currency totalling about 2,800 Canadian dollars ($2,131).

About 104 grams of methamphetamine — an extremely addictive stimulant drug — with an estimated street value of 10,460 Canadian dollars ($7,964) and over 11 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of 1,200 Canadian dollars ($913) were also recovered.

The police also recovered 57 undetermined pills which were sent to Health Canada for analysis.

Apart from these, three vials of steroids, three knives, three replica handguns, seven cellphones were found at the partment.

A stolen 2011 Kawasaki ZX600 motorcycle, scales and packaging material, some documents items were also found in the fourth-floor suite in which they were staying.

Sandhu and Rysdale were charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of stolen property and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, the report said.

Sandhu, studying in British Columbia on a student visa that had expired eight months ago, was also charged of breach of probation.

“Pending the outcome of court, CBSA has issued an exclusion order, which ultimately will remove him from Canada,” drug unit Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta was quoted as saying.

“At this time, we don’t believe that they’re connected to any larger organised crime groups,” Schiavetta added.



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