Kanesatake trucker sentenced to six years for drug trafficking

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On April 27, Kanestake’s Jason Nelson appeared in front of Judge David N. Hurd in Utica, New York and was sentenced to 72 months in prison for his role in a cocaine smuggling ring.

According to assistant United States attorney Michael Barnett, once Nelson completes his prison term, he will be on supervised release for a period of five years with standard and special conditions imposed.

After the hearing, the former trucker was remanded to the custody of the US Marshals Service in accordance with the sentence imposed, according to Barnett.

Nelson was arrested in December 2019 for attempting to smuggle 166 KG of cocaine while trying to enter Canada at the Derby Line border crossing in Vermont.

He was subsequently charged with possession with conspiracy to distribute drugs in Plattsburgh, New York.

He pleaded guilty in July 2020 and confessed to being affiliated with a drug organization.

According to court documents, Nelson’s role in the illicit operation consisted of transporting and smuggling drugs from the United States into Canada.


Marisela Amador, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eastern Door

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