Federal prosecutors have dropped charges, at least for now, against a Canadian trucker. Law enforcement arrested Tasbir Singh at the U.S. border early last month with more than a ton of marijuana in his rig. His lawyer says he was an unwitting victim of a drug smuggling scheme.
Border agents stopped driver Singh, 32, on July 7. They found more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana, a $3.2 million value, stowed away in his truck.
Singh told authorities that he believed he had picked up compression springs in North York, Ontario. The delivery was going to Ohio. According to attorney Ellen Michaels, Singh stayed in his truck while it was being loaded, because of COVID rules.
“I had not done anything wrong,” Singh told the Detroit Free Press.
Was Trucker A ‘Victim of Marijuana Dealers’?
Michaels said Singh was the victim of marijuana dealers who hacked into the trucking company’s computers. She sai the hackers created a fake order for springs and packed the trailer with marijuana.
“He had no knowledge of what was in his truck,” Michaels said, reports the Associated Press.
The U.S. attorney’s office filed a request with the court on July 22 to have the criminal complaint against Singh dismissed without prejudice. That prosecutors could potentially refile the charges at a later date.
According to spokeswoman Gina Balaya of the US Attorney’s Office, the government is investigating further. Their investigation will “decide whether criminal prosecution of Singh is appropriate,” she said.
“The government needs additional time,” according to prosecutors. They said they will “identify all other individuals who should be held criminally responsible.”
Authorities released Singh, a native of India, from custody on July 23. During his 16 days behind bars, he missed his naturalization ceremony in Canada. He has since returned to his home in Windsor, Ontario.
“They gave me justice,” Singh said.