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Wilton drug trafficker gets 30 month sentence

Posted at: 11/27/2012 5:51 PM
Updated at: 11/28/2012 3:34 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann

ALBANY - 33-year-old Eric Canori had no comment as he arrived at the Federal courthouse Tuesday, to be sentenced for his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy.

Prosecutors said he arranged for at least 100 kilograms of marijuana to be transported across the country, until his arrest in June of 2009, working with former mountain bike champion Missy Giove to bring a box trailer full of pot to Canori's Wilton home.

Investigators discovered 2.5-million-dollars in cash, at least 100 kilograms of marijuana, but that wasn't all.

When Canori pled guilty, he also agreed to show investigators where he had buried gold and silver worth more than nine-million-dollars, later dug up in the yard of his Queensbury property.

Giove and another co-defendant pled guilty and did not get prison time.

At sentencing Tuesday, Canori also implored the judge to spare him from prison, saying he'd lost sight of the choices he'd made, and there was no excuse for what he'd done.

But the judge said Canori had made "stupid choices" in an attempt to make "easy money," handing down a 30-month sentence followed by four years of post release supervision.

The assets in this case totalled 11.2-million dollars, some of which will be shared among the agencies that investigated and handled the case.

Canori will start serving his sentence on January 8th.