ALBANY, N.Y. – A Quebec man has pleaded guilty to running an oxycodone trafficking ring through Akwesasne, according to U.S. media reports.
Robert Lazore, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone between 2008 and 2012, according to the Plattsburgh Press-Repbublican, citing a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York.
Lazore had used a network of couriers and runners to move thousands of pills from Canadian suppliers. Those couriers would then sell them to customers in Canada and the United States on the reserve.
He was extradited from Canada in December after being in prison in this country, the paper said.
Lazore will be sentenced in late October, where he could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $1 million.
As part of the case, five other people from Quebec, Akwesasne, Hogansburg and Bombay, N.Y. pleaded guilty to conspiracy and were sentenced to anywhere from three to seven years in prison.