Prabjot Nagra Arrested for Attempting to Smuggle Over 9000 Pounds of Marijuana into the U.S.
June 29, 2020 - Prabjot Nagra (26) a citizen of India was arrested today and charged by criminal complaint for attempting to smuggle more than 9000 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Prabjot Nagra:
....the defendant attempted to enter the United States at the Peace Bridge Port on Entry just before midnight on June 25, 2020. Nagra was driving a commercial truck with Ontario, Canada license plates. According to an electronic manifest, the truck was carrying a shipment of 55 storage containers.Prabjot Nagra was arraigned before a magistrate and is being held pending a detention hearing on July 1, 2020.
The commercial truck was referred to the Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System for a non-intrusive x-ray exam. The x-ray showed inconsistencies of the cargo within the entire trailer. As a result, the truck was referred to the Peace Bridge warehouse loading dock for physical examination. During the physical exam of the crates, Customs and Border Protection Officers recovered multiple packages of vacuum sealed bags containing a green leafy substance, which field tested positive for the presence of marijuana. Approximately 8,320 vacuum sealed packages of suspected marijuana weighing approximately 9,472 pounds were removed from the original shipment containers. The marijuana is valued at approximately $20,000,000. This represents the largest marijuana seizure ever in the Western District, and one of the largest—if not the largest—ever at the northern border.
Charges & Potential PenaltyThe charges against Indian national Prabjot Nagra filed through a criminal complaint include:
- Possessing with the intent to distribute 1000 kilograms or more of marijuana and importation of marijuana into the United States
The charges against Indian national Prabjot Nagra are mere allegations, and he must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.