A 27-year-old Canadian man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 30 months in prison for attempting to smuggle 547 pounds of BC Bud marijuana into the state.
Colin Charles Crowe of Maple Ridge, Britisj Columbia, was arrested alogn with Kyle Grayson Gadsby May 31, 2010, while attempting to smuggle the drug into the U.S. near Clallam Bay, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney for Western Washington.
According to the press release:
The men were spotted and arrested by Border Patrol officers. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle said this was a serious offense involving a lot of drugs that are destructive to our communities.
According to records filed in the case, Crowe and Gadsby were first spotted with a small boat just off shore. One man was in the boat, the other in the water standing next to it. The Border Patrol agent spotted a number of large dark packages in the boat, and ordered the men to stay where they were. Instead, the men took off in the boat.
A short time later, another Border Patrol agent spotted the men still in U.S. waters in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Nearby, eight large bundles were floating in the water – the bundles were wrapped in plastic and duct tape. The marijuana in the bundles weighed more than 547 pounds.
The men told authorities they were being paid $5,000 to smuggle the BC Bud marijuana into the U.S. Engine trouble stopped the men from fleeing back to Canada after being spotted by the first Border Patrol agent.
Gadsby is scheduled to be sentenced April 25.