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Ransomville man admits smuggling pot from Canada in spare tires

Timothy S. Woodean, 52, of Ransomville, pleaded guilty Thursday to federal drug charges in connection with a large-scale operation that stuffed marijuana into spare tires and smuggled it from Canada.

Woodean pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distributing 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. said Woodean faces a prison term of at least five years and up to 40 years and a fine of up to $2 million when he is sentenced July 31.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White said that between 2002 and early 2010, Woodean conspired with Edward C. Lynch, Bonnie R. Gordon, David G. Davis and others to smuggle bulk quantities of marijuana into Niagara County. Lynch and Gordon have been convicted in the case and are awaiting sentencing; Davis is still facing trial.