PIO arrested in one of biggest US drug busts

A 29-year-old Indian-origin truck driver was arrested by US authorities for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs worth nearly USD 3.6 million, in one of the largest cocaine bust in the country`s history.

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2010, 21:45 PM IST

Washington: A 29-year-old Indian-origin
truck driver was arrested by US authorities for allegedly
trying to smuggle drugs worth nearly USD 3.6 million, in one
of the largest cocaine bust in the country`s history.

Canada-based Ravinder Kumar Arora was arrested as he
appeared "extremely nervous" during primary questioning when
attempting to leave the United States at the
Lewiston-Queenston Bridge on the US-Canadian border. As a
result, he was targeted for an outbound enforcement
examination, according to federal officials.

Lewiston-Queenston Bridge is an international bridge
between the United States and Canada.

Authorities examining the empty commercial trailer,
which was headed for Canada, found the floorboards of the
truck had been tampered with. Officers noticed that
"non-factory screws" had replaced originals in the
floorboards, Buffalo News reported.

When the boards were removed, authorities found the
cocaine packed into 97 vacuum-sealed bricks.

Authorities seized 239 pounds of the drug from his
possession.

Buffalo Port Director Joseph J. Wilson called the
cocaine seizure the "largest ... to date in the Port of
Buffalo."

"This interdiction demonstrates Customs and Border
Protection`s dedication to securing our borders and
safeguarding our country from the dangers of inbound and
outbound narcotics smuggling," Wilson said.

Arora, who was arrested on drug possession charges,
was being held in custody pending federal court action.

-PTI