A British Columbia man who tried to smuggle more than two pounds of cocaine over the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls was sentenced Monday to four years in state prison and two years of post-release supervision.
"I don't think I'm a threat," Carlos M. Perez-Medina said through a Spanish-language interpreter.
"Really? Bringing cocaine into the United States isn't a threat?" replied Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.
"Some people make mistakes for certain reasons," Perez-Medina answered.
Perez-Medina, 40, was arrested Dec. 21 on First Street in Niagara Falls after police, who had been tipped off to look for him, found drugs stashed in his vehicle with the help of a drug-sniffing dog. Murphy said he knows Perez-Medina isn't the head of the drug ring involved.