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A Lackawanna man was sentenced Wednesday by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to 25 years in prison.

Mohamed Taher, 35, had previously been convicted by a jury of operating a criminal enterprise and smuggling marijuana into the U.S. from Canada.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy C. Lynch and Joel L. Violanti said Taher ran a criminal enterprise that imported marijuana into the U.S. and then distributed it in Buffalo, Chicago and Detroit from late 2005 to May of 2007.

His sentencing is the result of an investigation by the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection and New York and Michigan state police.

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