MARQUETTE, MICH. - A Quebec man who hired an Uber driver to take him to Edmonton, Alberta was stopped at the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie with nearly 6½ pounds of methamphetamine and a popular club drug hidden in a box of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, court records show.
A criminal complaint filed this week in federal court in Marquette accuses Mayooran Rajasingam of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
He was nabbed Wednesday, Nov. 9 after he and his driver crossed the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge into Michigan and were flagged by Border Patrol agents, federal court records show.
Agents found methamphetamine and the club drug MDMA stuffed inside a box of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, court records show.
The Uber driver, who said he had no knowledge of the drugs, has not been charged.
Rajasingam said they "had no intent to enter the United States,'' but a GPS navigational device directed them to the International Bridge spanning the St. Marys River.
Rajasingam is scheduled to appear Nov. 17 in U.S. District Court in Marquette for a detention hearing and preliminary hearing on the criminal complaint. The offense is punishable by at least 10 years in prison.
Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Todd J. Wilton said Rajasingam and his driver were stopped in a 2017 Hyundai Tucson bearing an Ontario license plate, according to the criminal complaint filed Thursday, Nov. 10.
Rajasingam produced a Quebec driver’s license and said he was born in Sri Lanka, court records show. Neither Rajasingam or the driver, who said he was born in Syria, had immigration documents required to legally enter the U.S., court records show.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers flagged the vehicle for a secondary inspection. That’s when an officer detected an odor of marijuana on the occupants, Wilton wrote in the complaint.
Police found a Saigon Tourist travel bag in the rear of the vehicle that contained a box of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. Inside the cereal box were three clear plastic bags stuffed with drugs.
The largest bag held nearly 4½ pounds of methamphetamine. Two smaller bags contained two pounds of MDMA, a club drug commonly referred to as ecstasy, court records show.
The Uber driver told investigators Rajasingam agreed to pay him $600 for a ride to Edmonton, Alberta, about 1,700 miles away from where they were stopped.
Rajasingam told investigators that the Saigon Tourist travel bag was given to him by a narcotics distributor in Montreal, Quebec who said it contained cash, court records show.
Rajasingam agreed to deliver the bag to a drug distributor in Edmonton for $1,000, but told investigators he was unaware it contained drugs, court records show.