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ON:Pot smuggler to return to court in January

by papapuff » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:54 pm

St. Catharines Standard

Pot smuggler to return to court in January

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

An Ottawa truck driver will return to a U.S. court in the new year for sentencing after he pleaded guilty last month to smuggling almost 500 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. at the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge.

Assistant U.S. attorneys Paul Bonanno and Patricia Astorga, who are handling the case, said Jean Luc Gaudreau crossed the bridge in February 2006 with almost 498 pounds of marijuana hidden in the back of his truck.

Court was told the 39-year-old gave Customs and Border Protection officers a manifest listing four shipments. Officers performed a gamma ray scan of the defendant’s truck, which revealed a fifth shipment which was not listed on the manifest.

The added shipment included 14 cardboard boxes filled with vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana.

Gaudreau returns to court Jan. 19 for sentencing.
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