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New York man: 24 years for smuggling marijuana on flights

CHARLOTTE, N. C. – A New York man convicted for smuggling of approximately 880 pounds (400 kilograms) of marijuana on commercial flights from San Francisco to North Carolina has been sentenced to 24 years in federal prison.

The Charlotte Observer reports that 38-year-old Lavon Williams was sentenced Monday.

Prosecutors say Williams, at least 11 return flights between San Francisco and Charlotte between October 2014 and February 2015, which is about 40 pounds (18 kilos) of the drug on board each flight.

Court records show a co-conspirator was arrested in February 2015 at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport with marijuana. And the authorities say they are still looking for two others wanted in connection with the smuggling ring.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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