Canadian man pleads guilty in major cocaine ring bust

Posted at 8:03 AM, Aug 16, 2016

Another member of a major Canadian cocaine smuggling ring faces prison time in the U.S. after pleading guilty to federal drug charges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo says 35-year-old Alvin Randhawa of British Columbia entered the plea Monday, admitting to exporting large quantities of cocaine from the United States to Canada.

Prosecutors say Randhawa was part of an operation that smuggled more than two tons of cocaine into Canada via several international bridges, including ones in the Buffalo-Niagara region.

Randhawa faces a sentence with a mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum of life, and a $10 million fine.

Four others involved in the smuggling ring have been convicted. Charges are pending against a fifth person.