Biggest cocaine seizure in WNY history brings prison time

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Buffalo, N.Y. (WIVB)The biggest narcotics seizure in Western New York history has landed a Canadian man in prison for 7 years. Ravinder Arora, 33, was caught trying to smuggle almost 100 kilograms of cocaine into Canada using a hidden compartment under a truck crossing the Lewiston-Queenston bridge.

Chief U.S. District Judge William Skretny sentenced Arora to 84 months in prison. Two co-defendants are awaiting sentencing on similar charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says Arora was caught on September 8, 2010, trying to take a tractor-trailer into Canada. An outbound inspection revealed a hidden compartment under the floor of the truck where agents from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Homeland Security discovered and seized 97 kilograms of cocaine.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Arora and others used a warehouse on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga to conceal their narcotics trafficking operation. In addition to trucking cocaine into Canada, the conspirators used hidden compartments to smuggle marijuana, ecstacy and U.S. currency into the United States via the international bridges in the Buffalo Niagara region.

The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Lynch. This is believed to be the largest narcotics seizure in the history of the Western District of New York which is overseen by the office of U.S. Attorney William Hochul.

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