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Canadian Judge sentences two Ontario men for cocaine smuggling amid crackdown on Sinaloa Cartel

October 3, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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Two men from Ontario have been sentenced to long-term prison stints for importing several thousand kilos of cocaine into Canada for the Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexico’s biggest and most violent drug cartels.

Canadian law enforcement officials said on Thursday, the two co-conspirators, Vito Buffone and Jeffery Kompon were each sentenced to 20 and 22 years behind bars, respectively after prosecutors had requested for life sentences for their participation in a drug ring which saw close to 2,500 kilos of cocaine imported into Ontario in 2013.

The sentencing occurred during a “large-scale drug investigation” focusing on cartel members in southern Ontario, Niagara Regional Police spokesperson Phil Gavin said to VICE News.

“Multiple people are being investigated,” Gavin said as part of an investigation called Project Roadmaster targeting cocaine smuggling into Canada from Latin America.

According to the Toronto Star, The two men were taken into custody in 2014 after an operation involving 200 police officers from seven law enforcement agencies carried out a series of raids in Ontario.

Considered one of Mexico’s largest trafficking organizations with a multibillion-dollar global influence, the Sinaloa Cartel was headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, infamous for his daring prison escapes, before he was extradited to the U.S. where is awaiting trial.

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