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Malone man sentenced to federal prison for smuggling 240 pounds of pot


MALONE — A Malone man was sentenced Friday to more than five years in federal prison for having 240 pounds of marijuana in his pickup truck when he crashed the vehicle during a police pursuit in 2010.

Alain D. Forget, 43, address not available, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, to 70 months in federal custody after pleading guilty Feb. 28, 2012, to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. He also was ordered to undergo another four years of supervision upon his release.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, Mr. Forget admitted he was traveling between the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation and his residence on Sept. 15, 2010, when U.S. Border Patrol agents attempted a traffic stop. Instead of stopping, Mr. Forget led agents and other law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit on Route 11 and County Route 53.

The pursuit ended on Route 30 near Fitzpatrick Road when Mr. Forget’s Ford F-150 slid off the road and into a field. He fled the scene, but was apprehended by Border Patrol agents, who recovered the marijuana in his vehicle.

Mr. Forget admitted in his plea agreement that from September 2008 to Sept. 15, 2010, he worked for a drug trafficking operation that was smuggling large quantities of marijuana into the United States from Canada. Within the organization, Mr. Forget was responsible for transporting the marijuana from the reservation to wholesale narcotics dealers in various locations in the United States. To accomplish this, he recruited and employed several couriers to transport the marijuana once it was in the country.

Mr. Forget admitted that on the day of his arrest, he was contacted by an unidentified co-conspirator and told that a large load of marijuana was ready to be delivered. Mr. Forget then met the man on the reservation at a marina in Snye, Quebec. He and the co-conspirator loaded six bags with the drug and placed them in his truck, according to the agreement. He said he planned to take the marijuana to his home and store it until a courier was available to transport it.

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