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Five year conspiracy to import drugs from Canada and distribute in California

March 24, 2006

TOBY MATTHEW LAROCQUE, 27, of Big Bear, California, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to four years in prison and three years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Import Marijuana. At sentencing, Chief U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik told LAROCQUE that the next fours years would be difficult for him and his wife and newborn baby.

LAROCQUE was indicted in January 2005, for Conspiracy to import Ephedrine, Importation of Ephedrine, Conspiracy to Possess Ephedrine and Possession of Ephedrine. Ephedrine is a precursor chemical in the creation of methamphetamine. According to an affidavit filed in the case, LAROCQUE had been involved with others in the importation and distribution of both marijuana and ephedrine from Canada, and the exportation of cocaine to Canada. LAROCQUE was arrested in March 2005, in California, and under the indictment faced a mandatory minimum ten years in prison if convicted. In December 2005, LAROCQUE entered a guilty plea to Conspiracy to Import Marijuana with an agreed upon sentence of four years in prison. The plea agreement spared both sides the potential risks of going to trial.

The judge, having heard from the prosecution that LAROCQUE had minimized the depth and scope of his drug trafficking, challenged him to say what he would tell his family and friends about his criminal conduct. LAROCQUE apologized to the court and all those who were hurt by his criminal conduct.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and was prosecuted by William H. Redkey, Jr.

For additional information contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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