- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A Canadian man has pleaded guilty in Iowa to helping smuggle thousands of pounds of marijuana into the United States.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1KyYRpE ) that 42-year-old Jason Boyachek, of Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to conspiracy to distribute marijuana. A money laundering charge will be dismissed.

Prosecutors say Boyachek was involved in a ring that smuggled more than 8,400 pounds of hydroponically grown marijuana from British Columbia over 2005 and 2006. The pot was hauled in semitrailers to a farm near Delaware, Iowa, and divided for shipment to Boston, Chicago and New York.

A federal grand jury indicted Boyachek in 2009. His extradition fight ended in November when a Canadian court ordered his transfer to the United States for trial.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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