NEW YORK (AP) - A British man pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to import 100 kilograms of North Korean-produced methamphetamine into the United States.
Scott Stammers, 46, entered the plea in Manhattan federal court to a conspiracy charge that carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison. Federal sentencing guidelines described in a plea agreement he signed with prosecutors calls for a sentence of between 20 and 25 years in prison.
Stammers, who is in custody, said he committed his crime in 2012 and 2013. He said that he knew it was against the law and that the drugs were destined for New York.
Prosecutors said Stammers agreed to provide security, transportation and storage for 100 kilograms of methamphetamine that was to be brought from North Korea to Thailand.
Along with co-conspirators, Stammers was supposed to take the drugs to a warehouse, where it would be counted, re-packaged and delivered to a marina in Thailand, before being transferred to a boat bound for the United States, the government said.
Stammers was arrested in September 2013 following a lengthy Drug Enforcement Administration investigation and has been detained since then.
In a release, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “Scott Stammers conspired to import into the United States 100 kilograms of dangerously pure North Korean methamphetamine. Thanks to the work of the DEA and the cooperation of law enforcement partners around the world, including in Thailand, Liberia and Romania, Stammers’s scheme ended, not with the North Korean methamphetamine flooding American streets as he had intended, but rather with a guilty plea in a Manhattan federal court.”
U.S. Magistrate Judge James L. Cott set a tentative sentencing date for Nov. 30. Three others recently pleaded guilty in the case. A fifth man is awaiting trial.
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