LOS ANGELES – California Highway Patrol officers arrested two Indo-Canadians in Castaic on Wednesday morning after finding nearly 20 pounds of cocaine stashed in a suitcase in the back of their big rig, according to a CHP report.
Majinder Singh, 36, and Manoj Kalia, 30, both from Ontario, Canada, were driving north on Interstate 5 when a CHP officer waved the pair into Castaic’s truck inspection facility to check the vehicle’s cracked windshield.
Officers saw that the driver, Singh, appeared intoxicated or drug-impaired, the report said.
As officers searched the truck during the DUI investigation that followed, Singh was “sweating profusely and appeared to be very nervous,” according to the CHP report.
A Newhall CHP officer discovered the brick of cocaine in a suitcase stowed in the truck’s sleeper compartment. Singh and Kalia were arrested on suspicion of transporting and selling narcotics.
The men were booked at separate Los Angeles County Sheriff’s facilities Wednesday afternoon, where both were being held on $250,000 bail.
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