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Man who sought drugs smuggled by sled to be sentenced

March 20, 2019

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A North Carolina man is due to be sentenced in federal court for plotting to steal a shipment of counterfeit Xanax pills valued at $1.6 million that were smuggled into the United States from Canada.

Yazid Al Fayyad Finn, of Cary, North Carolina, is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Rutland. He pleaded guilty last summer to a charge of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance and a firearms charge from his home state.

Prosecutors say the now-31-year-old Finn traveled to Vermont in January 2016 planning to steal almost 200 pounds of Xanax pills that had been dragged across the border on a sled by then 21-year-old Cedrik Bourgault-Morin, of Quebec, who was apprehended by Border Patrol agents.

Finn’s lawyer did not return a call seeking comment.