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Canadian drug dealer handed a 27-year sentence

By The Associated Press in New York ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-08-22 08:39:36

A Canadian drug kingpin dubbed the "Pot Playboy" was sentenced to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise, prosecutors said.

Jimmy Cournoyer, one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers, pleaded guilty in May 2013 to charges of money laundering and conspiracies to manufacture and distribute marijuana and cocaine. The 34-year-old Quebec native was sentenced on Wednesday in US federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

Cournoyer's Montreal-based organization had ties to drug cartels, prosecutors said. Proceeds financed a lifestyle that included a supermodel girlfriend, celebrity hobnobbing and a Bugatti Veyron, a 16-cylinder supercar known by automobile aficionados as the epitome of exclusivity and luxury.

Canadian drug dealer handed a 27-year sentence

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