07/13/2012 09:23 EDT | Updated 09/12/2012 05:12 EDT

Cocaine-smuggling B.C. border guard sentenced

A former Canadian border guard and the man who bribed him to look the other way when cars loaded with cocaine crossed from Washington into B.C. have both been handed lengthy prison terms for their crimes.

Former guard Baljinder Singh Kandola was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday in B.C. Supreme Court Friday.

Shminder Singh Johal, the man who organized the 2007 plot to smuggle 208 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $6 million, was given an 18-year sentence.

Kandola was found guilty July 3 of charges of conspiracy and importation of cocaine, breach of trust and corruptly accepting money.

Kandola's lawyers had argued during the trial that the guard was helping Johal pass through the border simply as a friend, and had no idea cocaine was involved.

Johal was found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine and guns, possession of a controlled substance, and giving or offering to give money to an official.