Santa Monica police arrested a 25-year-old Fremont man Sunday, March 15th, after he was allegedly found to have more than $1 million worth of ecstasy tablets in his vehicle.
Santa Monica Police Department narcotics investigators, working with agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the El Monte Police Department, observed a suspicious person sitting in a parked car near Lincoln Boulevard and Broadway Avenue in Santa Monica at about 5:15 p.m. March 15th, Sgt. Robert Almada said.
The officers detained the man and searched his vehicle, where they
allegedly recovered about 40 pounds of methylenedioxymeth-amphetamine, a hallucinogenic drug commonly referred to as ecstasy, police said. Investigators allege that the suspect possessed the approximately 51,000 tablets of ecstasy with the intent to distribute, Almada said.
The suspect was identified as Ramandeep Singh Sandhu, who is believed to be a Canadian national, police said. He was booked in Santa Monica Jail and on March 16th he was transferred into federal custody, pending federal narcotics trafficking charges, Almada said.