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Quebec Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Marijuana Smuggling


A Quebec man is headed to federal prison for 10 years for smuggling marijuana into the United States through Akwesasne.

Mathieu Forget, 32, of St-Anicet, Quebec, Canada, was sentenced Tuesday, according to the Department of Justice.

Following his extradition from Canada, Forget admitted that he and his co-conspirators smuggled thousands of pounds of marijuana into the United States from Canada through the Akwesasne.

The marijuana was distributed throughout the northeastern United States. Forget admitted to transporting hundreds of pounds of marijuana across the St. Lawrence River in a boat at least 20 times, and on 30 other occasions, helping transport hundreds of pounds of marijuana smuggled in vehicles to locations in New York and New England, according to U.S. Attorney Grant Jaquith’s office.

Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby also imposed a five-year term of supervised release following Forget’s term of imprisonment. Forget’s co-defendant, Allan Peters, was sentenced on February 12, 2015 to 12 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy.

A third defendant, Colin Stewart, pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing on Aug. 8, Jaquith’s office said.

This case was the result of a joint investigation by the DEA, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the United States Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations, the New York State Police, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department, the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Services, and the District Attorneys of Franklin and Clinton counties.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Katherine E. Kopita and Douglas G. Collyer.


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