Briefly: $8.7 million in cocaine seized at Detroit-Windsor border crossing

Ambassador Bridge
Ambassador Bridge

A resident of India living and driving in Canada was charged with intent to distribute controlled substances after Customs and Border Patrol agents at the Ambassador Bridge crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada found almost 640 pounds of cocaine in his truck's trailer on Monday, Feb. 5.

Agents estimated the street value of the cocaine at $8.7 million.

Gagandeep Singh was stopped, and a border patrol canine alerted agents to the presence of the drug. Agents found 13 boxes containing the drugs in the trailer.

Singh's load was manifested as "agricultural equipment." However, the seal on the trailer was for a Canadian Health and beauty care company.

Singh appeared in court in Detroit Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Trucker who died in Florida police chase identified

Authorities have released the identity of the truck driver who was killed during a high-speed police chase in Florida.

The Florida Highway Patrol identified the truck driver who died when his tractor-trailer was struck by a FHP officer's vehicle as 55-year-old Arsenio Mas of Homestead, Florida. The trooper, Zachery Fink, 26, also died in the collision that occurred Friday, Feb. 2.

Fink was pursuing a driver at high speeds on Interstate 96 in Port St. Lucie. The suspect made a sharp turn, Fink followed and wound up the path of Mas' tractor-trailer. 

The subject of the pursuit was eventually found and arrested.. 

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