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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Toronto drug dealer sent to prison
    Faces more than a decade behind bars for Ecstacy smuggling

    BUFFALO — A Toronto man will spend more than 11 years behind bars for his role in an Ecstasy smuggling operation that trafficked drugs over the Rainbow Bridge.

    Ricky Trecartin, 28, was sentenced to 135 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge William Skretny. Trecartin had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to illegally import controlled substances into the U.S. from Canada.

    The case dates back to 2005, when two smugglers were caught by Customs officers on the Rainbow Bridge with more than 6,800 Ecstasy tablets. The smugglers had attempted to bring the drugs into the U.S. by hiding them in their underwear.

    Prosecutors charged that Trecartin supplied the tablets to the smugglers during an open air drug deal in a parking lot in the metropolitan Toronto area on Nov. 1, 2005.

    Trecartin was not arrested until May 2007 when Customs agents swooped down on him as he was vacationing in Florida with his fiancé.

    “The United States does not stop after prosecuting the lower-level narcotics couriers who seek to smuggle narcotics into the country,” Western District U.S. Attorney William Hochul said. “Persons who supply narcotics for smuggling into the United States will be prosecuted even if they never set foot in the United States.”

    Investigators said while Trecartin was in federal custody, awaiting trial, he tried to hire another inmate “to make two witnesses against the him disappear.” Trecartin reportedly offered the inmate $10,000 to perform the “hit.”

    So far, Trecartin has not been charged in connection with that incident.


    By Rick Pfeiffer
    Niagara Gazette
    May 20, 2010

    http://niagara-gazette.com/local/x2023214830/Toronto-drug-dealer-sent-to-prison

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