LOCKPORT – A St. Catharines, Ont., woman who tried to smuggle $60,000 worth of marijuana into the U.S. inside a foosball table was granted a three-year conditional discharge Wednesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon.
Miranda L. Ferron, 33, could have been sent to prison for as long as 18 months, but Sheldon decided against that.
Assistant District Attorney Laura T. Bittner said Ferron had no prior criminal record, and Ferron’s status as a Canadian citizen probably resulted in the conditional discharge. She said Niagara County probation officers can’t supervise someone who lives in Canada, and there is no mechanism to transfer an American probation sentence to Canada for enforcement.
Sheldon ordered Ferron to obey the law and perform 500 hours of community service.
Ferron was arrested Jan. 13 at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, where drug-sniffing dogs found a total of 55 pounds of pot in about 50 vacuum-sealed bags, concealed in a panel beneath the playing surface of the game table in the back of her vehicle. She pleaded guilty June 29 to a felony, third-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Bittner said it hasn’t been determined where Ferron got the marijuana.