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Truck driver sentenced for importing pot

A Canadian truck driver arrested with 300 pounds of marijuana bound for an Avista plant in Kettle Falls will spend a year in federal prison.

 Matthew G. Tutt, 32, was booked into Spokane County Jail after his plea hearing last week in U.S. District Court and is awaiting transport to federal prison.

Tutt pleaded guilty Jan. 5 to importation of 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and four years of probation.

Tutt was driving a load of wood chips for Middleton Trucking in Maple Ridge, B.C., when border agents found marijuana in five wooden crates hidden inside the load at the Kettle Falls plant.

Tutt was allowed to leave jail on bond after his arrest because his older brother had been diagnosed with cancer and given 18 months to live.

He's one of several Canadian pot smugglers sentenced in U.S. District Court in Spokane over the past year. William Richard Paterson, 50, and Jahrum David Oakes, 32, both of Kelowna B.C, are serving 40 months and two years, respectfully, after they were caught with eight duffel bags filled with marijuana in November 2009.

Pot suspect with ailing brother granted bond

A Canadian truck driver arrested with 300 pounds of marijuana bound for an Avista plant in Kettle Falls will be allowed to leave jail before trial, a U.S. magistrate ruled Friday. 

Matthew G. Tutt, 31, has an older brother who has been diagnosed with cancer and given 18 months to live, said his public defender, Amy Rubin.

Tutt’s mother and father traveled to Spokane from Vancouver Island, B.C, from the hearing, which U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno said weighed heavily on her decision to release hm from custody.

Tutt was driving a load of wood chips for Middleton Trucking in Maple Ridge, B.C., when border agents found marijuana in five wooden crates hidden inside the load at the Kettle Falls plant.

He pleaded not guilty Friday to a grand jury indictment charging him with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and importation of marijuana. Both charges carry five to 40 years in prison.

An assistant U.S Attorney requested bond be set to equal the value of the fine B.C marijuana Tutt is alleged to have imported into the country - she estimated $400,000 - but Imbrogno granted a bond of $50,000 - $25,000 cash and $25,000 through a U.S. bond company.

Tutt’s parents will be required to pay a $100,000 appearance bond if he doesn’t show up for court.

Tutt will live in North Vancouver and report monthly to a federal office in Blaine, Wash. He’s allowed only to Blaine and to Alberta to visit his ailing brother.

300 lbs of pot seized at Avista power plant

A Canadian truck driver was arrested at an Avista Utilities power plant with 300 pounds of marijuana on Friday.

Matthew G. Tutt, 31, appeared in U.S. District Court in Spokane today after border agents found the marijuana in a load of wood chips he drove to the power plant in Kettle Falls.

Tutt, a trucker with Middleton Trucking in Maple Ridge, B.C., had five wooden crates in the wood chips that contained marijuana in heat-sealed bags, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.

Border agents from the crossing in Laurier , Ferry County, had traveled to the biomass facility with Tutt to watch him unload the truck Friday afternoon.

Tutt remains in the Spokane County Jail.

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