February 6, 2014

Malone man guilty on drug charges

SYRACUSE — A Malone man faces between 10 years and life in prison on drug convictions.

A jury found Allan Peters, 42, guilty Jan. 30 in U.S. District Court in Syracuse of conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.

The conviction, announced by U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, came after a four-day trial before U.S. District Court Judge Glenn T. Suddaby in Syracuse.

Peters is scheduled to be sentenced on July 10 in Syracuse.

He faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison and a $10 million fine. 

During the trial, the government offered evidence that, from at least 2005 through 2011, Peters and many others smuggled thousands of pounds of marijuana into the United States and sent millions of dollars in drug proceeds back to Canada. 

The conspirators used property controlled by Peters in Snye, Quebec, on the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation as a staging area for hockey bags of marijuana being smuggled into the United States, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Drug Enforcement Agency said.

The bags, which normally contained 100 to 200 pounds of marijuana, were then transported into the United States.

Law-enforcement officers confiscated marijuana from the smuggling organization on three occasions.

On May 8, 2009, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol seized about 250 pounds of marijuana in North Hudson.

On Sept. 15, 2010, Tribal Police Services and State Police seized approximately 240 pounds of marijuana after a high-speed chase from the Akwesasne Mohawk Indian Reservation to Malone.

On March 1, 2011, Akwesasne Mohawk Police Services and the U.S. Border Patrol seized around 100 pounds of marijuana in Hogansburg. 

The investigation and prosecution of Peters was the result of a joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Homeland Security Investigations; Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations; State Police; St. Regis Tribal Police; Akwesasne Mohawk Police; and the district attorneys of Franklin and Clinton counties. 

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