ugg boots cleaning kit Brampton trucker sentenced to 20 months in jail for trying to smuggle doda into Canada
When a Brampton trucker loaded box after box of dried poppy heads into the back of his big rig, little did he know he would have the dubious honour of blazing a trail through Windsor court system.
Anoop Kumar Ubbu, 35, was sentenced Friday to 20 months in jail after being caught smuggling 432 kilograms of doda worth $864,000 over the Ambassador Bridge. Until Ubbu was caught in June 2010, the drug had never before been intercepted by border guards here.
Ubbu, who lives in a two bedroom basement apartment with his wife and three children, told the court he was forced to smuggle the illegal drug by three men to whom he owed a massive gambling debt.
Two of the men Bryan Wong and Sharanjeet Gill were charged with conspiring to import the drug, but were acquitted after trial in September.
The third man Javier Kang is believed to have fled the country and is wanted on an arrest warrant after not showing up for trial.
is the only one being punished, Ubbu lawyer, Andrew Bradie, told the court Friday.
Ubbu had travelled to Minnesota to pick up a shipment of home improvement goods destined for Hamilton. On the return leg, he stopped in Taylor,
Mich., where he and two other men loaded 96 boxes of poppy heads into the back of his truck.
Police from both sides of the border watched the rendezvous.
In court Friday, Ubbu pleaded for leniency, asking for a sentence of house arrest. should be given another chance and should be forgiven, he told the court through a Punjabi interpreter.
is something you get elsewhere, not here, Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas replied.
Thomas said the quantity and type of drug involved called for a stricter sentence.
me to give Mr. Ubbu a conditional sentence does not send an appropriate message to the community. is made by crushing poppy heads into a powder which is eaten or steeped to make tea. Until drug investigators began cracking down on the drug, it was sold openly in East Indian markets in Canada as a spice.
But experts who have testified in other doda trials say the drug is highly addictive. Like heroin and other opiates, methadone is used to break doda dependency.
In 2013, a senior who brought a kilogram of the drug over the Ambassador Bridge, was sentenced to six months on house arrest. Court heard Gurdareshan Singh was a habitual doda user and that the stash he had in his car was for his personal use.
Singh, 65 at the time, was the first man to be sentenced locally for importing the drug.
A trucker accused of smuggling doda into Canada in 2011 has avoided prosecution by apparently fleeing the county. Satwinder Jeet Singh Kehra did not show up trial and is wanted on an arrest warrant.