PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Florida man will spend two years in federal prison for smuggling marijuana into that state after it was shipped to Pittsburgh from a Canadian source.
Twenty-six-year-old Viet Vuong Le, of Orlando, was sentenced Friday. He was convicted earlier this year of flying into Pittsburgh to buy 25- to 60-pound loads and then returning in rental cars to Florida from 2004 to 2008.
Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh say the drugs Le bought came from a Canadian group that began smuggling 300-pound loads of high-grade, hydroponically grown marijuana into the United States. Those drugs were hidden among legitimate cargo and earmarked for Pittsburgh and several other cities.
Agents seized more than a $1 million in cash in three separate seizures in the Pittsburgh area and Niagara Falls, N.Y. in 2008.