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Calgary truck driver pleads guilty to drug charges after trying to smuggle cocaine across border

Last Updated Jun 11, 2021 at 8:31 am MDT

In this photo taken Sunday, May 17, 2020, U.S. and Canadian flags fly atop the Peace Arch at Peace Arch Historical State Park on the border with Canada, where people can walk freely between the two countries at an otherwise closed border, in Blaine, Wash. Canada and the U.S. have agreed to extend their agreement to keep the border closed to non-essential travel to June 21 during the coronavirus pandemic. The restrictions were announced on March 18, were extended in April and now extended by another 30 days. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

CALGARY – A Calgary truck driver is facing trafficking charges after he admitted to trying to smuggle cocaine over the Canada-U.S. border by sneaking them into a shipment of bananas.

According to a release from U.S. officials, the drugs were found by border inspectors at the end of January.

The cocaine was in boxes that were different shapes and colours than the bananas, so they were relatively easy to spot.

A 39-year-old man from Calgary pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

He faces a minimum of five years in prison.