Seven Canadian men were sentenced in federal court Friday, March 25, for their roles in smuggling thousands of pounds of marijuana into the U.S. via border crossings in Whatcom County.
The men were part of a smuggling ring that was busted in June 2008, when federal agents arrested its ringleaders, Devron Quast and Robert Shannon, outside a restaurant in Ferndale.
Shannon and Quast have already pleaded guilty; Shannon is serving a 20-year sentence while Quast is serving a sentence of about six years.
The seven Canadian men pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle in November 2010 to conspiracy to distribute marijuana charges.
Federal prosecutors have charged 54 people with having connections to the ring. Of those, 48 have been convicted.
Federal prosecutors described the seven men sentenced on Friday as having a low-level involvement in the ring, either by smuggling the drugs into the U.S., arranging for their distribution here, or storing them in Canada.
- Jody York, 36, of Barriere, B.C., received a five-year prison sentence.
- Edward Russell, 34, of Surrey, B.C., received a prison sentence of four and a half years.
- Bryan Hanna, 28, of Vancouver, B.C., was sentenced to a year in prison.
- Darrin Hotner, 42, and Andrew Hall, 33, both of Abbotsford, B.C., were sentenced to two years of probation and community service.
- Brian Stone, 48, of Surrey, B.C., will serve a year on probation and do community service.
- Frederick Davey, 63, will serve a year on probation.