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Canadian man admits running marijuana from Akwesasne reservation to Brooklyn

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A Canadian man pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to a charge that he conspired with others to transport marijuana from the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation to Brooklyn.

Derrick Martin, age and address not available, also known as Darrick Martin, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana. According to a plea agreement filed with the court, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

According to the agreement, Mr. Martin was a marijuana courier, or “runner,” who made a run June 17, 2007. Before he left on the run, a co-conspirator paid him about $500 for expenses such as gas, food and a hotel. The run began June 16, 2007, when Mr. Martin was driven to an unspecified location on the reservation and picked up a car there. The car contained a “push to talk” cellphone, which Mr. Martin was instructed by the co-conspirator to use during the run to obtain directions as to where he was to drive.

Mr. Martin drove from the reservation to a hotel and, the next day, with directions provided to him over the phone, made a marijuana delivery to someone in Brooklyn and received a bag of money containing about $40,000, according to the plea agreement. After receiving the payment, he was instructed to wire $5,000 to a second co-conspirator and then to drive to Washington, D.C., where he met another person who gave him a sealed parcel that Mr. Martin believed to contain cash.

While returning to the reservation, Mr. Martin was stopped by law enforcement for unspecified reasons and a drug detection dog alerted to the two parcels. The parcels contained cash totaling $178,000, which was seized by law enforcement, according to the plea agreement. Mr. Martin admitted in the agreement that he was personally accountable for running between 88 pounds and 132 pounds of marijuana.

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