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Cocaine smuggler will not get new trial

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – There will be no new trial for the man from Abbotsford who was convicted for trying to smuggle 50 kilos of cocaine into Canada.

Ajitpal Sekhon was pulled over at the Aldergrove crossing in January 2005.

He was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison last year even though he claimed he didn’t know there was cocaine in the truck.

The trial judge didn’t buy it, and pointed out Sekhon was caught with a fob that opened a secret compartment in the truck where the $1.5 million in coke was hidden.

Sekhon appealed and his lawyer argued the judge relied too heavily on the fob as evidence.

In a split decision, a panel of appeal court judges shot him down and the conviction is being upheld.