Canadian Man Pleads Guilty in Iowa to Role in Pot Smuggling
A Canadian man has pleaded guilty in Iowa to helping smuggle thousands of pounds of marijuana into the United States.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 42-year-old Jason Boyachek, of Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to conspiracy to distribute marijuana. A money laundering charge will be dismissed.
Prosecutors say Boyachek was involved in a ring that smuggled more than 8,400 pounds of hydroponically grown marijuana from British Columbia over 2005 and 2006. The pot was hauled in semitrailers to a farm near Delaware, Iowa, and divided for shipment to Boston, Chicago and New York.
A federal grand jury indicted Boyachek in 2009. His extradition fight ended in November when a Canadian court ordered his transfer to the United States for trial.