October 5, 2009 in City, Idaho

Pot-smuggling pilot gets nearly 4 years

Associated Press

SEATTLE — A Canadian helicopter pilot who brought about 150 pounds of marijuana into North Idaho faces nearly four years in prison.

The 46-month sentence was imposed Friday in U.S. District Court on 29-year-old Jeremy Snow of Kelowna, British Columbia. He pleaded guilty in June to a reduced charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Snow was arrested March 5 near Priest Lake, Idaho, in Operation Blade Runner, a U.S.-Canadian takedown of a drug-smuggling ring that had been operating for more than a year.

A helicopter pilot arrested earlier in northeastern Washington state, 24-year-old Samuel Lindsey-Brown of Revelstoke, British Columbia, committed suicide in the Spokane County Jail on Feb. 27. Lindsey-Brown was caught in the Colville National Forest with 426 pounds of marijuana.

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