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Canadian National Sentenced for Conspiring to Traffic Drugs Through the St. Louis Area

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

St. Louis, MO – Harpreet Mann, 41, of Vancouver, Canada, was sentenced to 84 months in prison for his participation in a multi-defendant drug conspiracy.  Mann appeared today before U.S. District Judge Henry A. Autrey and was ordered deportation to Canada after completing his sentence.

According to court documents, Mann’s drug trafficking organization was responsible for trafficking multi-kilogram amounts of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine through packages in the mail to St. Louis and other areas in the United States.  After the completion of two wiretaps in January 2016, investigators executed six federal search warrants and seized 14 weapons, approximately $60,000, one kilogram of methamphetamine, one kilogram of cocaine and three kilograms of marijuana.

Because of this investigation, seven defendants were federally indicted through the Eastern District of Missouri. Mann was on the run for nearly a year after the Indictment.  Mann also has an active warrant in Canada for possession of 3 kilograms of cocaine in March 2018. 

Co-defendant James T. Bell is awaiting trial; co-defendant Daniel Gene Bigham is awaiting sentencing; the remaining co-defendants have been sentenced— Lamar White (20 months), Jeffrey Scott Cotton (20 months), Alex Smith (5 years’ probation), and Terra Cotton (SAIL Program).

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Crystal City Police Department and the United States Marshals Service investigated the case.

Updated August 20, 2019

Drug Trafficking