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Canadian who tried to smuggle $60,000 worth of pot in foosball table pleads guilty

LOCKPORT - A Canadian woman who tried to smuggle 55 pounds of marijuana into the United States, concealed in a foosball table, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

A tearful Miranda L. Ferron, 33, of St. Catharines, Ont., admitted to a felony charge of third-degree criminal possession of marijuana. She faces a prison term of as long as 18 months when she is sentenced Sept. 14 by Judge Sara Sheldon.

Ferron, a mother of three, had the game table in the back of a conversion van when she was deemed suspicious by Customs and Border Protection agents at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge about noon Jan. 13. She was pulled over for a secondary inspection, and drug-sniffing dogs found about 50 vacuum-sealed plastic bags of marijuana, valued at nearly $60,000, concealed behind a panel beneath the game surface.

Assistant District Attorney Laura T. Bittner said she didn’t know where Ferron obtained so much marijuana. Defense attorney Timothy Brooks declined comment and said he hadn’t researched whether the conviction would bar Ferron from the U.S.

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