|37-year-old Canadian Martin Briand, who was caught with 59 kilos of cocaine, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Seattle. The U.S. Department of Justice said Briand was sentenced for conspiracy to distribute after the cocaine was seized in December 2009.|
Briand was on the run for six years before being arrested in December 2015 upon arriving at Vancouver Airport from France. He had been identified by Canadian and U.S. border agents as being extensively involved in smuggling cocaine into Canada.
“In just six months in 2009, this defendant made 29 flights in chartered aircraft between Point Roberts, Washington and points south without ever legally entering the U.S."