- Associated Press - Monday, January 25, 2016

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - The second of two Canadian men convicted of running a multi-million-dollar marijuana-trafficking operation has been sentenced in a New York court.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 42-year-old Gaetan “Gates” Dinelle of Cornwall, Ontario, was sentenced in federal court in Syracuse to life imprisonment for running the operation that smuggled about 11 tons of pot across the U.S. border in northern New York.

Prosecutors say Dinelle and 45-year-old Michael “Mickey” Woods, also of Cornwall, were the leaders of a marijuana-smuggling ring that operated from 2005 to 2008 and made more than $10 million in profits in a single year. After couriers smuggled the pot across the border it was delivered to buyers throughout the eastern U.S.

Both men were convicted in July.

Woods was sentenced to life imprisonment on Jan. 14. Dinelle was sentenced last Thursday.


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