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Ravinder Arora, a 33-year-old Toronto-area truck driver convicted of shipping more than 1.5 tons of cocaine across the U.S. boarder before he was arrested several years ago, was ordered Wednesday by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to serve a 7-year federal prison term.

In a case that U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said involved the largest seizure of narcotics in the history of Western New York, Arora, a Brampton, Ont., resident, pleaded guilty in September 2011 to conspiracy to export 5 kilograms or more of cocaine into the U.S. from Canada.

Arora was stopped at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge on Sept. 8, 2010, and U.S. Customs and Border agents found almost 100 kilograms of cocaine in a hidden compartment underneath the floor of the tractor-trailer he was operating.

The cocaine found hidden in Arora’s rig in that September 2010 seizure had a street value of more than $3.8 million, according to federal agents.