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Date: 05-14-2024

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United States of America v. Ajaypal Dhillon

Case Number: 1:23-cr-00127

Judge: John L. Sinatra, Jr.

Court: The United States District Court for the Western District of New York (Erie County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office in Buffalo

Defendant's Attorney: Carlos M. Fleites


Buffalo, New York criminal defense lawyer Carlos M. Fleites represented the Defendant charged with smuggling marijuana

Canadian man going to prison for smuggling marijuana at the Peace Bridge

Ajaypal Dhillon, 20, of Ontario, Canada, who was convicted of smuggling merchandise into the United States, was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who handled the case, stated that on the afternoon of July 27, 2023, Dhillon drove a commercial tractor-trailer to the Peace Bridge Port of Entry seeking entry into the United States from Canada. At primary inspection, Dhillon indicated he was transporting frozen waffles destined for a Publix grocery store warehouse in Georgia. Publix representatives stated that the shipment was not expected, and the purported shipper of the product confirmed that the shipment was fraudulent. Dhillon was referred to secondary inspection, where Customs and Border Protection officers discovered boxes containing over 2000 pounds of marijuana and over 50 kilograms of ketamine. Subsequent investigation identified five prior fraudulent trips made by Dhillon, four of the trips alleged the transport of candy, the fifth was also for waffles after an attempt to transport “candy” was denied by the customs broker.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Director of Field Operations Rose Brophy, and Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 30 months in prison

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