Despite all his attempts to stay in Canada, a farmer from Montérégie was indeed extradited to the United States, where he was 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, 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 New York State, he used his land to export astronomical quantities of marijuana between 2002 and 2013.
ATVs and snowmobiles
“He used his farm equipment, quads, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles,” US prosecutors say in their extradition request.
And to ensure they can afford to convict Schueppel, they said they managed to secure the confessions of three former accomplices who became 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 is equivalent 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 tried to derail the process, claiming that the authorities had made mistakes, including on the charges against him. Except that these were minor details, since corrected, that did not affect the case.
► 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.