A Winnipeg man who was attending college in North Dakota was sentenced to a year and a day in a U.S. federal prison Tuesday for his part in a gun and drug-smuggling ring.

Thomas Scher, 20, moved to the U.S. to go to Minot State University in 2007 after graduating from Winnipeg's Collège Jeanne Sauvé.

Over a period of a year, Scher was part of a ring that bought about 20 handguns in Minot, and brought them to Winnipeg, where they were traded for cash and ecstasy pills, according to documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Then the ring sold ecstasy tablets back in Minot, about 1,800 pills altogether, the documents say.

In April, Scher pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

After he serves his prison term, Scher faces three years of supervised probation.