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Second Canadian sentenced in New York for pot-smuggling operation

Medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif., on Feb. 1, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP/Jeff Chiu

The second of two Canadian men convicted of running a multimillion-dollar marijuana-trafficking operation has been sentenced to life in prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 42-year-old Gaetan “Gates” Dinelle of Cornwall, Ont., was sentenced in federal court in Syracuse for running the operation that smuggled about 10 tonnes of pot across the U.S. border in northern New York.

Prosecutors say Dinelle and 45-year-old Michael “Mickey” Woods, also of Cornwall, were the leaders of a marijuana-smuggling ring that operated from 2005 to 2008 and made more than $10 million in profits in a single year.

After couriers smuggled the pot across the border it was delivered to buyers throughout the eastern U.S.

Both men were convicted in July.

Woods was sentenced to life imprisonment on Jan. 14. Dinelle was sentenced last Thursday.