Oxy drug runner sentenced to 12.5 years in U.S. prison

ALBANY, N.Y. – A Quebec man is going to a U.S. prison for nearly 13 years after pleading guilty to running an oxycodone trafficking ring through Akwesasne.

Robert Lazore, 42, pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone between 2008 and 2012, according to the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, 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 would provide between 100-200 tablets of oxycodone at a time for the couriers to sell in both Canada and the U.S.

Lazore was extradited from Canada in December after being in prison in this country, the paper said.

Lazore was sentenced late last month (Oct. 22) to 151 months in prison. Based on his conviction, he could have faced a sentence 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.