Indo-Canadian man sentenced on drug charges following extradition


An Indo-Canadian man was sentenced to more than 7 years in prison after he was extradited to the United States where he had been earlier convicted of drug running,

Alvin Randhawa, 36, of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, was convicted of conspiracy to export five kilograms or more of cocaine from the United States into Canada. He was sentenced to 87 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny,  the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced July 27.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who handled the case, stated that between July 2010 and May 2011, Randhawa conspired with others to smuggle cocaine into Canada from the United States via several international bridges including ones in the Buffalo-Niagara region, a press release said. Investigators believe that this organization trafficked approximately 2,000 kilograms of cocaine (approximately $80,000,000 in value) during the course of the conspiracy.


Randhawa was indicted along with Gursharan Singh and Harinder Dhaliwal, all three have been convicted. Also charged and convicted in the conspiracy were Ravinder Arora, Michael Bagri and Parminder Sidhu.




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