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Montreal Man Sentenced for Importing Marijuana

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Mihale Leventis, a/k/a “Rookie,” a/k/a “Big Mike,” age 44, of Montreal, Canada, was sentenced today to time served (nearly 8 years in prison) for importing marijuana into the United States.

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Field Division.

As part of his guilty plea on September 29, 2020, Leventis admitted that he worked with a drug trafficking organization in Quebec to import marijuana into the United States through the Northern District of New York and elsewhere.  Leventis transported marijuana from locations in Quebec to the border, where his coconspirators smuggled it into the United States. Leventis served most of his prison sentence in Canada while awaiting extradition to the United States.

This case was investigated by the DEA and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Kopita.  Leventis was extradited to the United States in September 2020 with assistance from the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs.

Updated November 16, 2020

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