From US Attorney Jenny Durkan's office:
A former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to eight years in prison for his leadership role in a massive drug trafficking conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. RAPINDER SINGH SIDHU, 46, formerly of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, was indicted in August 2011 and was extradited to the U.S. in March 2013. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export cocaine in October 2013. SIDHU is one of 56 people indicted as part of an international drug trafficking investigation. The leader of the conspiracy, Robert Shannon, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in March 2009. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik said SIDHU “desired to get money and be part of a major drug conspiracy and be of use to criminals...”
According to records filed in the case, SIDHU left employment with the RCMP disgruntled about his treatment. Before and during 2007 and 2008 SIDHU used his law enforcement knowledge to assist a criminal conspiracy allied with the Hells Angels to import large loads of cocaine into Canada and to smuggle B.C. Bud marijuana into the U.S. SIDHU recruited a corrupt border services employee to help get the cocaine through customs check points and into Canada. The investigation of the criminal ring resulted in the seizure of more than 1700 pounds of cocaine and $3.5 million in currency.
Fifty-four other defendants have been sentenced and two remain fugitives.
And all of this is really just an excuse to post this scene of Werner Herzog, Nicholas Cage, and Xzibit having fun with Bad Lieutenant.