Despite all his attempts to stay in Canada, a farmer from Montérégie will indeed be extradited to the United States where he is accused of having exported 35 tonnes of cannabis there in a decade.
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“He did not show any weakness in the evidence [des procureurs américains] », Said Judge Marc-André Blanchard by ordering the extradition of Andrew Schueppel on Friday at the Montreal courthouse.
Schueppel, 50, is a seemingly uneventful farmer from Godmanchester, whose farm is adjacent to the US border.
Except that according to the State of New York, he would have used his land to export astronomical quantities of marijuana, between 2002 and 2013.
ATVs and snowmobiles
Andrew Schueppel reportedly exported 35 tonnes of cannabis from his farm (surrounded) located near the Canada-US border.
“He used his farm equipment, quads, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles,” say US prosecutors in their extradition request.
And to ensure that they have the means to condemn Schueppel, they said they had succeeded in obtaining the confessions of three former accomplices who had become informers.
One said he helped transport a total of 40,000 pounds of jar, or nearly 20 tons, while another said he made deliveries of up to 200 pounds, on a bi-weekly basis, for three years, which equates to about 15 tonnes of cannabis.
“The evidence includes tapes of conversations between members of the group, and of US border officials who observed him carrying bags across the border,” the judge added. One of them was recovered, and it contained marijuana. “
During the extradition hearings in Montreal, Schueppel had tried to derail the process, on the pretext that the authorities had made errors, among other things on the charges against him. Except that these were minor details, since corrected, which did not affect the file.
► Placed in preventive detention, Andrew Schueppel now has 30 days to appeal the decision. If he does not, he will be immediately transferred to the other side of the border.