U.S. Department of Justice
The following is a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office
On June 29, 2011, in U.S. District Court, Chief Judge Ann Aiken sentenced PALWINDERJIT SINGH, age 37, a citizen of India, to 46 months in prison. He was also ordered to serve a supervised release term of four years. SINGH pled guilty earlier this year to possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.
In May 2009 an Oregon State Police trooper conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle on Interstate 5 near Eugene in which SINGH was a passenger. Suspecting illegal activity, the trooper asked for and received consent to search the vehicle. Before the trooper could search the vehicle, SINGH went to the driver's seat and drove away rapidly. SINGH exited Interstate 5 near the city of Coburg and was located and arrested soon thereafter.
Law enforcement searched the area where SINGH had fled and located approximately two kilograms of cocaine in the bushes. SINGH later admitted that he was responsible for transporting the cocaine. SINGH has a 2003 conviction in the state of California for transportation of sale of a controlled substance.
This case was investigated by the Oregon State Police and the Eugene Resident Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration with the assistance of the Coburg Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey S. Sweet handled the prosecution of the case.