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Canadian who arranged drug smuggling helicopter flights across northern border sentenced to 7 years in prison

A Canadian national who was extradited in January 2018 in connection with a 2008-2009 international drug smuggling scheme, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to seven years in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. Colin Hugh Martin, 46, from British Columbia, Canada, was indicted in 2010 and pleaded guilty in March 2018. Martin, the leader of the drug smuggling ring, used the code name “Rolex,” and recruited others to fly cocaine, MDMA and marijuana across the rugged northern border. A number of his conspirators were arrested, convicted and imprisoned on related charges. Martin remained in Canada until his extradition on 2018. At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik said it was, “a very significant crime.”

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