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Man sentenced for running major marijuana-smuggling ring

September 24, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Canadian man has been sentenced for being part of a marijuana-smuggling ring that brought thousands of pounds of pot in to the United States through northern New York.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says in Albany says 41-year-old Colin Stewart, of Elgin, Quebec, was sentenced to 11 years and three in prison by a U.S. District Court judge in Syracuse who also ordered five years of post-prison supervised release and a $10,000 fine.

Prosecutors say Stewart was part of a drug ring that smuggled thousands of pounds of marijuana across the border through the Akwesasne (ahg-wuh-SAHZ’-nee) Mohawk Indian Reservation straddling the Quebec-New York border.

The pot was then distributed throughout the northeastern U.S.

Prosecutors say Stewart admitted to organizing the smuggling operation and personally transporting loads of marijuana across the St. Lawrence River.

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