Trucker Caught at US Border With Over a Ton of Marijuana Says He Was Scammed by Smugglers

A Canadian trucker who was arrested at the U.S. border last month with more than a ton of marijuana has been cleared of charges, for now, after his lawyer argued the man was the victim of a drug smuggling operation.

Driver Tasbir Singh, 32, was stopped on July 7 by border agents in Detroit, who found more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana, a $3.2 million value, stowed away in his truck.

He told authorities he thought he was transporting compression springs from North York, Ontario to Ohio. Singh never got out of his truck while it was being loaded due to COVID-19 rules, his attorney, Ellen Michaels, said.

"I had not done anything wrong," Singh told the Detroit Free Press.

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A trucker who was arrested at the U.S. border in Detroit with $3.2 million worth of marijuana was cleared of charges after his lawyer argued he was the victim of a drug smuggling scheme. View of hemp flowers at Empire Standard, a hemp extract processing and distribution plant, on April 13, 2021 in Binghamton, New York. ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

Michaels said Singh was the victim of marijuana dealers who hacked into the trucking company's computers, created a fake order for springs and packed the trailer with marijuana.

"He had no knowledge of what was in his truck," Michaels said.

The U.S. attorney's office filed a request with the court on July 22 to have the criminal complaint against Singh dismissed without prejudice, meaning prosecutors could refile the charges at a later date.

"The complaint was dismissed and the defendant released in order to allow the government to investigate further and decide whether criminal prosecution of Singh is appropriate," Gina Balaya, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, said in a statement.

Prosecutors also stated in court documents the "government needs additional time" to "identify all other individuals who should be held criminally responsible" for the pot smuggling, the Free Press reported.

Singh, a native of India, was released from custody on July 23. During his 16 days locked up, he missed his naturalization ceremony in Canada. He has since returned to his home in Windsor, Ontario.

"They gave me justice," Singh said.