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CBSA seizure of suspected cocaine at Blue Water Bridge, Sarnia leads to criminal charges by the RCMP

Blue Water Bridge August 2021     Photo: B. McCall for RWN

POINT EDWARD, ONAug. 13, 2021 /CNW/ – Canada Border Services Agency / Royal Canadian Mounted Police

On August 9, 2021, a commercial truck driven by an Ontario resident entered Canada at the Blue Water Bridge in Point Edward, Ontario, and was referred for a secondary inspection. During the examination, border services officers discovered and seized approximately 83 kg of suspected cocaine.

The CBSA arrested Gurdeep Singh Mangat and transferred him and the suspected cocaine to the custody of RCMP officers from the Border Integrity Unit, Windsor Detachment, who are conducting the investigation.

The RCMP charged 46-year-old Mangat of Brampton, Ontario with:

  • Importation of a controlled substance, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Mangat’s next scheduled court day is on August 19, 2021 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sarnia. The investigation is ongoing.

The RCMP wishes to recognize the invaluable assistance provided by the Lambton County Ontario Provincial Police at the onset of this investigation.

If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Line at 1-888-502-9060.

Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact their local police, the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.