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Trucker denied knowing about $20M in marijuana in border bust

Details emerge in record drug seizure at U.S.-Canada border as trucking company defends driver.

A trucker charged with attempting to smuggle $20 million worth of marijuana from Canada into the United States told investigators he didn’t know about the nearly 9,500 pounds of drugs hidden in storage containers in his trailer, according to a court document.

Prabjot Nagra, a truck driver for Highway Secure Transport in Ontario, was arrested after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers inspected his tractor-trailer after it crossed the Peace Bridge near Buffalo, New York, on June 25. 

“My driver and my company had no involvement in this,” a man who identified himself as the owner of Secure Highway Transport told FreightWaves. “He’s an innocent man.” 

Nagra, 26, was ordered to remain in U.S. custody Wednesday as he faces charges stemming from the record seizure of marijuana at the U.S.-Canada border. 

Investigator: Trackers found with marijuana

CBP officers found the marijuana in vacuum-sealed bags hidden in wooden crates, according to the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York on Friday by a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations. Investigators found three trackers with the marijuana shipment, according to the complaint. 

Nagra told investigators he didn’t know about the marijuana or its intended destination, according to the complaint. However, the special agent contended that a “criminal organization involved in the smuggling of controlled substances would not risk a $20 million drug load” with a driver who didn’t know about the illicit load. 

Nagra’s lawyer, a U.S. federal public defender, did not respond to FreightWaves’ request for comment. 

Marijuana seizures have surged at the Canada-U.S. border since it closed for non-essential travel in March because of COVID-19.

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  1. This is so stupid! How can a company or the driver know what the shipper is shipping across border? Packages are sealed and the trucking companies or drivers cannot even check if there’s something abnormal. I feel so bad that instead of figuring out who the shippers were who put all this weed in the trailer hiding in the containers with the trackers have not even been caught. Just to get a few likes and appreciation stupid websites like this write an article bringing the driver down and his trucking company! Nothing has been proven yet, the company hasn’t been proven guilty nor the driver but again anything for a little fame!!! This is the most stupid and incomplete news I’ve ever come across! Publish when you know who the real offenders are… Don’t just post anything with no legitimate information. You are misleading the public

Nate Tabak

Nate Tabak is a Toronto-based journalist and producer who covers cybersecurity and cross-border trucking and logistics for FreightWaves. He spent seven years reporting stories in the Balkans and Eastern Europe as a reporter, producer and editor based in Kosovo. He previously worked at newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the San Jose Mercury News. He graduated from UC Berkeley, where he studied the history of American policing. Contact Nate at