Indiana State Police Truck Inspection Leads to 50 Kilos of Cocaine Hidden in Load of Minced Garlic heading to East Coast
Will the Garlic be released in time for dinner?
PORTER COUNTY- Indiana State Police report that on December 7, 2020, at approximately 1:15 p.m., Indiana State Police Troopers responded to the I-94 East Bound Weigh Station at the request of the Motor Carrier Division. Inspectors were completing a Level 2 inspection on a commercial motor vehicle (tractor-trailer) when the contents inside the trailer raised their suspicions.
A 2016 Volvo, owned/operated by American Roadies Inc., based out of San Jose, California, was pulling a trailer loaded with 18,000 lbs. of minced garlic.
American Roadies Inc. is an active carrier operating under USDOT Number 3244692 and MC Number 1019827.
|MCS-150 Mileage Year||2019|
|Does American Roadies, Inc. transport Hazardous Material?||No|
|American Roadies, Inc. in business since||20190212|
SINGH, BALJINDER, on Dec 07, 2020, 18:53:53 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) (Currently a guest of the Porter County Jail)
Location: INDIO, CA
Booking Number: 2003783
Charges : 35-48-4-6 C FEL DRUGS/POSSESS COCAINE
AMERICA’S APPETITE FOR COCAINE DOESN’T LESSEN DURING PANDEMIC
Indiana State Police report that as the inspector looked in the trailer, he observed what appeared to be a black case which was inconsistent with the rest of the freight. A visual inspection of the case revealed several packages of a white substance.
Additional investigation revealed that the substance field-tested positive for the presence of cocaine. The occupants of the truck were taken into custody without incident. A total of 50 kilos of suspected cocaine was recovered from the trailer. The inspection was completed with numerous violations being noted and the truck being impounded. The estimated street value of this seizure is approximately $1.5 to $2 million dollars.
Charged with Possession of Cocaine, Level 3 Felony, were Singh, Baljinder, 37, from Indio, CA, and Singh, Gurwinder, 32, from Riverside, CA. Both subjects were incarcerated at the Porter County Jail. Assisting at the scene was the ISP ACP (All Crimes Policing) Team, Porter County Sheriff’s Department, ISP Motor Carrier Division, and Cloverleaf Towing.