Cornwall drug kingpin, right hand man convicted

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — American prosecutors say men from Cornwall have been convicted of running a marijuana smuggling operation that brought nearly 10 metric tons of marijuana across New York’s northern border through Akwesasne.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Michael Woods and Gaetan Dinelle were convicted Wednesday after a six-day trial in federal court in Syracuse.

Officials say the men were found guilty of conspiracy charges involving the smuggling of more than 9,980 kilograms of marijuana into the U.S.

Prosecutors say Woods and Dinelle ran their pot-smuggling operation from Cornwall from at least 2005 until 2008.

The men bought large amounts of marijuana in Canada and arranged for it to be stored on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation before smuggling it across the border.

The two men will be sentenced Dec. 8 in Syracuse.

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