Border guard trial begins

The trial of a Canadian border guard arrested following a 13-month investigation into an “infiltration” of organized crime at the Pacific Highway border got underway this week in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.

Surrey resident Baljinder Kandola was arrested at the commercial crossing in October 2007 – along with Richmond residents Shminder Johal and Herman Riar – after a border guard was seen letting two SUVs enter Canada unchecked.

A search uncovered 208 kilograms of cocaine and three prohibited handguns in one of the GMC Yukon Denalis; the search of a home connected to a suspect in a second Denali recovered more than $200,000 cash.

Kandola, who had worked at the port for six years at the time of his arrest, was charged with multiple offences, including importing cocaine.

The trial is scheduled before Justice Selwyn Romilly till June 30.