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Friday, June 3, 2011

Jail Time for Drug Suspects

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

Three men Owen Sound and Walkerton convicted in international drug ring.

Two Owen Sound men, and a Walkerton man have now been sentenced in connection with a police crack-down on an International drug smuggling ring.

They were among 29 people arrested in December of 2010 after police officers raided 34 homes and businesses across Ontario.

28 year old Stratis Korinis, and 30 year old Louis Ryan Lapointe of Owen Sound were convicted in May, along with Michael Pinto of Walkerton.

Korinis was convicted of conspiracy and given two years in prison.

Lapointe was convicted of trafficking in drugs and given one day in jail, plus his time served of 150 days. He is prohibited from owning a gun for 10 years.

Pinto was convicted of conspiracy and given 30 months in jail, along with a 10 year prohibition on gun ownership.

Two other area men remain in court on charges, and a third had charges against him withdrawn.

OPP Detective Inspector Ian Grant tells Bayshore Broadcasting News says the drug smuggling ring used Zodiac boats to transport the drugs between the U-S and Canada over Lake Huron and Lake Ontario.

Police allege the suspects produced and exported ecstasy and marijuana and manufactured crystal meth.

Police were aided in their investigation by the Canada Border Services Agency and U-S drug and border officials.


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