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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Canadian Man Sentenced For Smuggling

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051
 
BUFFALO, N.Y.- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Aaron William Postma, 21, of Ontario, Canada, who was convicted of Conspiracy to Import LSD into the United States, Conspiracy to Distribute LSD, Importation of Controlled Substances, Possession of LSD with Intent to Distribute, and Smuggling Merchandise into the United States, was sentenced to two years of probation by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who handled the case, stated that on September 24, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Postma after he entered through the Peace Bridge Port of Entry.  They found in his possession three sheets of blotter paper containing 150 hits of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and quantities of marijuana and ketamine.  Postma, a student at the University of Waterloo studying biochemistry, was travelling to meet a co-conspirator in Florida, then to peddle his LSD at a music concert in Atlanta, Georgia.

Text messages from Postma’s two cell phones revealed that he was selling LSD for $15 per hit.  Postma sold and offered LSD, cocaine, Mollies, and a variety of narcotics to his fellow students in college.  Ironically, Postma believed that his biochemistry studies gave him insight into safely creating, mixing, and ingesting drugs.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, the Border Enforcement Security Team, and Customs and Border Patrol.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated August 13, 2015