SEATTLE – Border officials busted two men Wednesday who allegedly tried to smuggle over 60 pounds of cocaine from the United States to Canada.
It all started when investigators tailed 35-year-old Harminder Singh Rai of Surrey, B.C., after he came into the country through Blaine, Wash. Rai led agents to a Marysville motel where he allegedly picked up a duffle bag loaded with cocaine and headed back toward Canada.
The bag of blow was allegedly planted in the motel by Rai’s would-be accomplice, 38-year-old Tuan Van Dang of San Diego, according to Andrew Munoz with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Rai was stopped at the border by U.S. Customs agents who found 24 vacuum-sealed bags of coke stashed in various locations of his vehicle, Munoz said. He was promptly arrested.
Homeland Security investigators swarmed the Marysville hotel and arrested Dang.
On Thursday, both men appeared in Seattle federal court on conspiracy to distribute charges. Both suspects face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years in federal prison.