Sentencing delayed in drug transportation case

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Kanehsata’kehró:non Jason Nelson’s sentencing hearing was postponed until January 14, 2021.

This is two months later than his initialcourt date that was set on November 18, according to the assistant United States attorney Michael Barnett.

On July 21, Nelson pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute 166 kilograms of cocaine. The verdict could potentially result between 10 years of imprisonment, to a maximum penalty, meaning Nelson could be facing a life imprisonment sentence.

Nelson was charged earlier this year in the federal court of Plattsburgh for possession with conspiring to distribute drugs.

He’s awaiting the verdict at the Clinton County Jail where he’s been detained since his arrest on December 7, 2019.

Nelson admitted to being affiliated with a drug organization after he was found early in the morning at the US border with a large amount of drugs in his truck. According to legal documents, he confessed that his role was to transport and smuggle cocaine from the United States to Canada using a tractor-trailer registered in Quebec.

When Nelson was coming to the United States last December, a certified-narcotic detection dog initially alerted the presence of a drug odour coming from his front wall trailer, which resulted in an inspection from the United States Customs and Borders Protection officers (CBPO). They found an empty homemade compartment in the front section of his trailer.

Two days later, Nelson was yet again intercepted at another border, a common tactic, according to now retired U.S. Department of Homeland Security special agent Anthony Watson, who wrote the affidavit.

Watson mentioned that crossing a different border coming in and out of the United States is a way for drug traffickers to “avoid detection by customs officials.” The second time Nelson was intercepted, CBPO found approximately 142 brick-shaped packages hidden in the custom-made compartment. The substance later tested positive for cocaine.

Virginie Ann, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eastern Door