Cana­dian gets life for smug­gling pot to U.S.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

A Cana­dian man has been handed a manda­tory life sen­tence for his role in a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar drug-traf­fick­ing op­er­a­tion that smug­gled thou­sands of kilo­grams of mar­i­juana into the United States, au­thor­i­ties said. Michael (Mickey) Woods, 45, of Corn­wall, Ont., who had been con­victed fol­low­ing a six-day jury trial last sum­mer, was sen­tenced in fed­eral court in Syra­cuse, N.Y. de­spite ob­jec­tions that the pun­ish­ment was cruel and un­usual. The court also or­dered a US$45mil­lion judg­ment against him. Woods, and co-ac­cused Gae­tan (Gates) Dinelle, 42, also of Corn­wall, were found guilty of mem­ber­ship in three sep­a­rate but re­lated con­spir­a­cies, each in­volv­ing a tonne or more of mar­i­juana des­tined for the United States. Ev­i­dence at trial showed that Woods, aided by Dinelle, ran a vast mar­i­juana op­er­a­tion out of Corn­wall from at least 2005 un­til 2008. In all, po­lice ac­cused the or­ga­ni­za­tion of dis­tribut­ing about 10 tonnes of high-grade mar­i­juana val­ued worth US$47.3 mil­lion at the whole­sale level.

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