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Cornwall, Ont., man sentenced to life in prison for cross-border pot smuggling

A Cornwall, Ont., man has been sentenced to life in prison for running a multi-million-dollar drug-trafficking operation that smuggled copious amounts of marijuana across the U.S. border.

Michael 'Mickey' Woods, 45, was sentenced Thursday, U.S. Attorney's Office says

Michael Woods and his co-defendant Gaetan Dinelle, both of Cornwall, were convicted in July of operating an international marijuana operation from their hometown from about 2005 until 2008. (Associated Press)

A Cornwall, Ont., man has been sentenced to life in prison for running a multi-million-dollar drug-trafficking operation that smuggled copious amounts of marijuana across the U.S. border.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 45-year-old Michael "Mickey" Woods was sentenced Thursday in federal court in
Syracuse, New York.

Woods and his co-defendant Gaetan Dinelle, also of Cornwall, were convicted in July of operating an international marijuana operation from their hometown from about 2005 until 2008.

Prosecutors say Woods procured large quantities of pot in Canada and arranged with Dinelle to have it smuggled across the border using couriers who then delivered it to buyers throughout the eastern U.S.

Officials estimate the operation smuggled thousands of kilograms of high-grade pot worth about US$47 million.