Jason Nelson's sentencing postponed

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Kanehsata’kehró:non Jason Nelson’s sentencing hearing was once again postponed.

The initial court date set for November 18, 2020, had already been delayed to January 14, 2021. According to the assistant United States attorney Michael Barnett, Nelson’s final hearing is now scheduled for April 7, in Utica, New York.

Nelson was arrested in December 2019 and charged in the federal court of Plattsburgh for possession with conspiracy to distribute drugs. He was caught coming into Canada through the US border with 166 kilograms of cocaine in his truck. Nelson later admitted to being affiliated with a drug organization and pleaded guilty to the charges. He is now facing between 10 years of imprisonment to a maximal penalty - meaning that the verdict could result in a life imprisonment sentence.

Legal documents revealed that Nelson confessed that his role was to transport and smuggle drugs from the United States into Canada. On the day of his arrest, Nelson was driving a modified tractor-trailer registered to Quebec, in which a homemade compartment had been built to hide the cocaine. A certified-narcotic detection dog alerted the presence of a drug odour coming from his front wall trailer when Nelson first entered the United States on December 5, 2019. The United States Customs and Border Protection officers (CBPO) inspected the vehicle but at the time, they found the custom-made compartment empty.

Two days later, Nelson used a different border, trying to come back to Canada, but was once again intercepted. CBPO found approximately 142 brick-shaped packages in the previously empty section of the trailer. The packages later tested positive for cocaine.

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Virginie Ann, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eastern Door