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Canadian sentenced in absentia 12 years after marijuana smuggling conviction

A Canadian national who was convicted of importing 108 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. has been sentenced, in absentia, to serve 3 1/2 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said Friday that Arcara granted a motion filed by the federal government to sentence 56-year-old Robin Williams of Canada in absentia because Williams failed to appear for sentencing Nov. 14, 2007, after he pleaded guilty Aug. 1 that year, to unlawfully importing marijuana.

According to prosecutors, Williams, on Nov. 21, 2006, attempted to enter the U.S. at the Peace Bridge port of entry with hashish. Some marijuana was found in Williams' pants pocket and 108 pounds was seized from his truck, prosecutors said.

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