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Canadian man pleads guilty to marijuana trafficking

A 40-year-old Canadian man pleaded guilty Friday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara for his role in the importation of more than 100 kilograms of marijuana into the U.S. from Canada and failing to appear as ordered at court proceedings.

Daniel Hebert, of New Brunswick, faces a prison term of five to 40 years and a $2 million fine or both when he is sentenced at Oct. 7.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten said Herbert and his accomplices, Brian Brady and Thomas Goodyer,also of Canada, were arrested on Nov. 5, 2005. Hebert was stopped at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo when agents found multiple plastic baggies of marijuana in his tractor-trailer. Brady and Goodyer were arrested at Jim’s Truck Plaza in Cheektowaga where Hebert had been set to meet them.

After being released from custody Hebert was ordered to return to Buffalo Federal Court on May 26, 2006, but he failed to show up and was arrested on a bench warrant over a month later.

Brady has been convicted of marijuana-trafficking conspiracy and is awaiting sentencing. Goodyer is still facing trial.