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Meth bust is largest ever at Canadian border

Driver charged with possession and trafficking

Canadian authorities seized a record-breaking 502-pounds of methamphetamine at Coutts port of entry in Alberta, Canada, on Christmas Day 2020. (Photo: CBSA)

A record-breaking $28.5 million worth of methamphetamine was found hidden in a shipment of produce at the Montana-Canada border, authorities reported Thursday.

The incident occured Dec. 25 at the port of entry at Coutts, Alberta, Canada, directly across from the U.S. port of Sweet Grass in Toole County, Montana.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) uncovered 502 pounds of methamphetamine while checking a tractor-trailer hauling produce.

The amount of methamphetamine translates to 2.28 million individual dosages with an estimated street value of $28.5 million. It is the CBSA’s largest ever seizure of methamphetamine at a land border crossing in Canada. 

CBSA officers arrested the driver. The RCMP Integrated Border Enforcement Team charged Amarpreet Singh Sandhu, 38, of Calgary, with importation of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Sandhu was released from custody on Jan. 14 and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 11.

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Noi Mahoney

Noi Mahoney is a Texas-based journalist who covers cross-border trade, logistics and supply chains for FreightWaves. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English in 1998. Mahoney has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working for newspapers in Florida, Maryland and Texas. Contact [email protected]