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Hells Angel admits pot smuggling role

A Canadian Hells Angel who fought extradition to Spokane for two years has pleaded guilty to a federal marijuana charge.

Brian Lee Hall faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced April 6, but his lawyer said he'll ask that his client receive credit for time already served in jail and two years probation.

A co-defendant, David A. Sidwell, 61, already is serving 40 months in federal prison.

According to Hall's plea agreement, the case began when border patrol agents spotted Sidwell near the border in February 2003, hiding under a truck registered in Spokane. A backpack with nearly $185,000 was located about five feet from him. Sidwell's phone showed extensive contact with Hall and Canadian marijuana smuggler Glen Misko.

In September 2003, a confidential informant in Portland said he'd been receiving marijuana that had been transferred into the United States by Misko, then brought to Portland by Sidwell, according to Hall's plea agreement. The informant traveled to Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, and recorded conversations with Sidwell in which Sidwell described losing the cash in what he said was a close call.

Sidwell pleaded guilty in May 2009 to two marijuana charges and one count of attempting bulk cashing smuggling.

Hall, described in court documents as a full-patch Hells Angel, was arrested in British Columbia in 2008 and was in jail and on home-monitoring before consenting to extradition earlier this year. He arrived in Spokane in May and was allowed out of custody on bond pending trial.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import marijuana in Spokane last Wednesday and will stay out of custody pending sentencing.

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