Interprovincial Cocaine Smuggler Arrested in Edmonton
Posted: March 2, 2016
Edmonton… A British Columbia man is facing drug trafficking charges after ALERT intercepted a shipment of cocaine that was concealed in a vehicle outfitted with a hidden compartment.
Rajwinder Singh Gandham, a 27-year-old man from Abbotsford, B.C. was arrested by ALERT Edmonton on February 26. The RCMP Roving Traffic Unit assisted with the arrest, pulling over Gandham’s Jeep SUV as it was travelling into Edmonton on the Yellowhead Highway.
Gandham’s SUV was equipped with a hydraulic hidden compartment, which contained five kilograms of cocaine. The street value of the cocaine seized is estimated at $500,000.
ALERT began their investigation in November 2015 after receiving information about drug trafficking. ALERT’s investigation resulted in the identification of interprovincial drug trafficking and partnered with Vancouver Police Department and Abbotsford Police Department.
Gandham is believed to be affiliated with an organized crime group in the Abbotsford area. Gandham is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. The vehicle was seized and will be submitted for civil forfeiture.
Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.
ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Alberta Sheriffs, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.