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B.C. man sentenced to 7 years in U.S. for cross-border drug smuggling

A British Columbia man who was one of the leaders in a cross-border drug smuggling operation has been sentenced in a Seattle court to seven years in a U.S. prison.

Sean Doak of Vernon, B.C. fought extradition for several years

Sean Doak was involved in smuggling large quantities of drugs, including ecstasy, cocaine and pot, across the U.S. border.

A British Columbia man who was one of the leaders in a cross-border drug smuggling operation has been sentenced in a Seattle court to seven years in a U.S. prison.

Forty-two-year-old Sean Doak, of Vernon, B.C., fought extradition for several years before he was sent to the United States last year.

He pleaded guilty in December 2015 to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy.

A statement from the U.S. Department of Justice in Seattle says Doak and others arranged for loads of drugs to be smuggled across the Canada/U.S. border by truckers, hikers, snowmobiles and helicopters.

The court heard that the MDMA and marijuana were transported from Canada to the United States, while cocaine was picked up in California and taken into Canada.

Other co-conspirators in the same case have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from 18 months to 10 years.

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