Observer News Service
An Indo-Canadian has been arrested in US with $ 1 million worth Ecstasy pills which he was trying to sell.
The suspect -- identified as Ramandeep Singh Sandhu, a 25-year-old resident of Fremont California -- was arrested at about 5:15 p.m. near the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Broadway Avenue, where he was sitting in a parked car.
Sandhu was detained and a subsequent search of his vehicle led to the recovery of approximately 40 pounds of MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine), a hallucinogenic drug commonly known as "Ecstasy."
Investigators believe Sandhu intended to sell the approximately 51,000 tablets of Ecstasy in his possession.
“It’s a popular drug on the Westside, which is why we work it,” said Sgt. Robert Almada, who supervises the narcotics unit.
The bust took place after Santa Monica Police Department Narcotics Investigators, working with agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the El Monte Police Department, observed a suspicious person sitting in a parked car.
“We had information he might be at the location,” Almada said “We had information about what he was doing.
“This guy was supplying mid-level dealers,” he said.
Sandhu, who is believed to be a Canadian National, was booked into the Santa Monica Jail Sunday evening. On Monday, he was transferred into federal custody, pending federal narcotics trafficking charges.