Varinder Sahota, 48, a Canadian citizen of Caledon, Ontario, Canada, along with several other co-conspirators were arrested on December 18, 2008, by a joint task force of the Greater Toronto Area Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) and RCMP. (1)
The arrests were based on Extradition Act warrants as a result of a lengthy international criminal investigation that led to drug-related charges laid by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in Los Angeles, California. (2)
CFSEU and Peel Regional Police Service started a two-year investigation in conjunction with the DEA which led to the seizure of 48 kilograms of cocaine in September 2007. The South Asian organized crime group has been involved in a large scale cross border trafficking of illicit drugs since 2005. (3)
On May 13, 2011, Varinder Sahota was extradited to the U.S. to stand trial and on December 17, 2011 he pled guilty to conspiracy to import narcotics into the U.S. and received a sentence of 220 months in US Federal prison.
On November 19, 2013, Varinder Sahota BOP Register Number 60455-112 was successfully treaty transferred back to Canada. (4)