Smug­gler’s Inn trio plead guilty

Vancouver Sun - - WESTCOAST NEWS - BY KIM BOLAN [email protected] van­cou­ver­sun. com

Three Metro Van­cou­ver res­i­dents have pleaded guilty in Seat­tle to con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute co­caine af­ter get­ting busted last De­cem­ber near Blaine’s Smug­gler’s Inn.

All three were nabbed Dec. 15, 2011 af­ter U. S. Home­land Se­cu­rity agents re­ceived a tip about pos­si­ble smug­gling ac­tiv­ity near the inn, lo­cated just me­tres from the Canada- U. S. bor­der.

Jas­min Klair, 21, was caught head­ing to the quaint bed and break­fast with al­most 11 ki­los of co­caine packed into a box. Two of her ac­com­plices, Narinder Kaler and Gur­jit Singh Sandhu, both 25, were in­ter­cepted by agents as they ar­rived at the inn later that day to col­lect the coke. They fled, but were grabbed be­fore they could re- en­ter Canada.

Klair struck a plea bar­gain with the U. S. At­tor­ney, the de­tails of which are sealed. The col­lege stu­dent is to be sen­tenced on May 29; Sandhu on Aug. 20, and Kaler on Aug. 27. Sen­tences could range from 10 years to life, though many Cana­di­ans have re­ceived less than the min­i­mum af­ter plead­ing guilty.

Kaler’s plea agree­ment states that de­fen­dant Narinder Singh Kaler talked to an unin­dicted sus­pect iden­ti­fied only as G. K. in court doc­u­ments “about as­sist­ing in a plan to trans­port con­trolled sub­stances in Western Washington.”

Mean­while, Sandhu had asked Klair to help smug­gle drugs, court doc­u­ments said. Klair trav­elled south on Dec. 15 to Burling­ton, where she picked up the co­caine in the park­ing lot of a Jack in the Box. She was “driven to a ho­tel lo­cated about 30 feet south of the U. S./ Cana­dian bor­der at around 6: 15 p. m.,” the plea agree­ment states.

She co­op­er­ated with agents af­ter she was searched and con­tin­ued to talk to Sandhu back in Canada.

“At about 11: 30 p. m. that same day, Sandhu told Klair to put the box out­side the door of her mo­tel room, to turn out the lights, and they would all run across the bor­der to a wait­ing car,” the agree­ment says.

Agents watched as a Volk­swa­gen Jetta driven by some­one else dropped off Kaler and Sandhu about 11: 45 p. m. They were ar­rested af­ter en­ter­ing the U. S.

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