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Malone man faces life in prison for distributing marijuana

— A Malone man was convicted in U.S. District Court of conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilos of marijuana recently.

Allan Peters, 42, was in the Syracuse court, before Judge Glenn T. Suddaby. Peters will face a maximum of life in prison plus a fine of $10,000,000 when he is sentenced.

Peters was accused of smuggling thousands of pounds of marijuana from Canada into the United States, and sending thousands of dollars in proceeds back to Canada. Peters’ Snye, Quebec, Canada residence, on the Akwesasne Mohawk Indian Reservation was reportedly used as a staging area for the operation, which brought 100 to 200 pounds of marihuana at a time in hockey bags into the United States.

Law enforcement officers made significant seizures from Peters’ operation on three separate dates in 2009, 2010 and 2011. On May 8, 2009, US Border Patrol seized about 250 pounds of marijuana in North Hudson, NY.; on Sept. 15, 2010, Mohawk Tribal Police and New York State police seized about 240 pounds from a vehicle leaving the reservation; and on March 1, 2011, Akwasasne Mohawk Police and U.S. Border Patrol seized about 100 pounds of marijuana in Hogansburg.

The operation against Peters was carried out by a joint task-force including elements of the Drug Enforcement Agency, Homeland Security Investigations, the United States Border Patrol, Air and Marine Operations, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police, the Akwasasne Mohawk Police and the New York State police. The District Attorneys’ offices of Franklin and Clinton Counties were also involved in the investigation.

Peters is scheduled to be sentenced July 10 in federal court in Syracuse.

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