Drug charges for pair linked to Abbotsford home invasion and abduction

Two men who were linked to an abduction and home invasion in Abbotsford on Jan. 7 were charged with drug offences earlier this week.

Two men who were linked to an abduction and home invasion in Abbotsford on Jan. 7 were charged with drug offences earlier this week.

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said Balwinder Narang, 20, and Daniel Bajaj, 19, were pulled over Monday (May 16) in a white Acura Integra in the 32700 block of South Fraser Way.

A search of the vehicle turned up $1,000 cash, five cellphones, 16 grams of heroin, 15 grams of marijuana and a few grams each of cocaine and crack cocaine, MacDonald said.

Narang and Bajaj were each charged Tuesday in Abbotsford provincial court with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. Each was released on $5,000 bail and is next scheduled for court on June 2.

The two were among four people – also including Jimi Sandhu, 21, and Rajan Sharma, 19 – who were each charged in January with two counts of forcible confinement and two counts of using a firearm.

The charges were stayed shortly after, but Crown counsel has up to a year to reinstate them.

The arrests were related to the abduction of two 19-year-old men from a path along Homestead Crescent in west Abbotsford at about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 7.

The victims were pushed into a vehicle and one of them was forced to drive to his home on McCallum Road, south of Huntington Road.

The abductors entered the house and bound the arms and legs of the victim’s 70-year-old uncle and 17-year-old brother. They also tied the arms of the mother, whom they also abducted.

The three kidnap victims were found about 25 minutes later at the side of Highway 1 near Clearbrook Road, after drivers reported seeing a distraught woman standing by a black Infiniti.

Police stopped a white Acura Integra a short while later on Highway 1 near 200 Street. Three suspects were arrested and later released.

MacDonald said the case is still under investigation.

Meanwhile, Sandhu is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 5 for offences that allegedly occurred on March 3, 2010. He is charged with break-and-enter, assault with a weapon, assault and possessing a prohibited weapon.

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