Largest Cocaine Bust in WNY History

September 7, 2011 Updated Sep 7, 2011 at 7:08 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

September 7, 2011 Updated Sep 7, 2011 at 7:08 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)- United States Attorney William Hochul, joined by Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Customs and Border Protection, Canada Border Services Agency, Southern Ontario Region and the Toronto Police, announced the largest cocaine seizure in the history of Western New York and the arrest of three men. Investigators say on September 8th, 2010, 30-year-old Ravinder Arora was acting suspicious while trying to gain access to his native Canada in his tractor trailer truck. Following inspection, officers discovered a hidden compartment underneath the floor of his truck with close to 100 kilos of cocaine. Officials say the seizure is worth close to $4 million. Wednesday in court Arora pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Export Cocaine.
Court documents reveal Arora was paid $8,000 to transport cocaine from Chino, California to Buffalo, New York and used a warehouse on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga to unload some legitimate items. He allegedly smuggled narcotics 9 times across the border before the seizure. Investigators say Arora was heading for suburban Toronto. Two other men have also been arrested and charged in connection to this alleged drug operation.