Indian Student Charged With Drug Offences In Canada

08/08/2015 5:25 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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TORONTO -- A 25-year-old Indian student has been charged with several offences in Canada after drugs, weapons, cash and a stolen motorcycle were seized from his apartment and faces extradition to India.

Gurnazbir Singh Sandhu along with his roommate Richard Julies Rysdale was arrested by police with the help of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers who conducted a raid at his apartment in Calgary province.

Officers seized almost 11,000 dollars in cash in 42 different kinds of foreign currency, three knives, three replica handguns, steroids, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Sandhu was charged with one count each of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of stolen property, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and two counts of breach of probation.

Sgt Martin Schiavetta of the drug unit said Sandhu was studying in British Columbia on a student visa that had expired eight months ago, Calgary Herald reported.

"Pending the outcome of court, CBSA has issued an exclusion order, which ultimately will remove him from Canada," Schiavetta said.

Rysdale, 28, of Calgary, was charged with one count each of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of stolen property and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

"At this time, we don't believe that they're connected to any larger organised crime groups," Schiavetta said, adding this was an investigation focusing on street-level drug dealing.

He said the motorcycle, which was found in the apartment suite during the raid last week, was stolen out of Okotoks in early July and has been returned to the owner.

Sandhu and Rysdale have been remanded and will next appear in court on Friday.

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