NOV 28 (ALBANY, N.Y.) - Eric Canori, 33, of Saratoga Springs, New York, was sentenced yesterday, November 27, 2012 by Chief United States District Court Judge Gary L. Sharpe, in Albany to 30 months of imprisonment for his role in a marijuana distribution conspiracy, announced Brian R. Crowell, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Field Division and United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian. Canori, who had entered a guilty plea on June 6, 2011 to one count of conspiracy to distribute 100 or more kilograms of marijuana, was also sentenced to four years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment. Canori was ordered to report to a designated Bureau of Prisons facility on January 8, 2013.
“Drug trafficking never ends with a pot of
gold at the end of a rainbow. Nothing good comes from doing something
bad, especially cross country drug distribution,” DEA SAC Brian R.
Crowell stated. “This marijuana drug distribution conspiracy was
unraveled and dismantled from coast to coast. Our task forces across
the country see to it that traffickers will lose their ill-gotten
profits from selling drugs and endangering our communities.” SAC
Crowell commended our dedicated task force partners who worked this
investigation from the west coast, through the heartland, to our
Beginning in or about 2008, Canori was a
part of a marijuana distribution conspiracy that involved the
cross-country trafficking of marijuana from the West Coast to various
destinations on the East Coast, including Saratoga County. During the
course of the conspiracy, several hundred pounds of marijuana was
trafficked. In June 2009, investigators executed search warrants at
Canori’s residences in Wilton, New York and Ross, California and
recovered currency, marijuana, and drug packaging materials. Subsequent
investigation led to the additional recovery of precious metals that
were proceeds of the conspiracy. Ultimately, investigators recovered
over $11.28 million in proceeds of the conspiracy.
U.S. Attorney Hartunian praised the
outstanding cooperative efforts of the federal, state, and local law
enforcement agencies who participated in this investigation. U.S.
Attorney Hartunian noted that his Office “will continue to work closely
with the federal, state, and local authorities to prosecute
individuals and organizations that engage in marijuana trafficking and
other criminal activity throughout the Northern District of New York.”
This case was investigated by the Capital
District Drug Enforcement Task Force; the New York State Police; the
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Illinois; the Quad
City Metropolitan Enforcement Group; the Henry County, Illinois State’s
Attorney’s Office; the DEA Rock Island, Illinois Post of Duty; the DEA
Norfolk, Virginia Resident Office; and the Illinois State Police.