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Three Canadians Sentenced in Marijuana Smuggling Conspiracy

April 8, 2013

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that three Canadians, Philip Yates, 74, of Sherbrooke; his brother Jean Yates, 58, of Magog; and Joey Davidson, 43, of Georgeville, have all recently been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Burlington following their guilty pleas to charges stemming from a conspiracy that involved the importation into the United States of approximately 300 kilograms of marijuana. District Judge William K. Sessions III sentenced all three defendants to time served in prison. Each defendant must serve a term of supervised release. Both Phil Yates and Davidson received credit for time they served in jail in Canada while contesting extradition to the United States. Both Philip and Jean Yates suffer from serious medical conditions.

On March 12, 2009, a federal grand jury in Burlington returned a two-count indictment naming the Yates brothers and Davidson. All three defendants were accused of conspiring, between the beginning of 2008 through September 25, 2008, to smuggle more than 100 kilograms of marijuana into the United States. Philip Yates alone was also accused of smuggling about 30 pounds of marijuana into Vermont on September 25, 2008. Those drugs were seized by agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

This case was investigated by the Southern Vermont State Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Philip Yates is represented by William Cobb; Jean Yates by Assistant Federal Public Defender David McColgin and Davidson by Bob Hemley. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.

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