Canadian man gets two years for smuggling drugs

Posted: Thursday, August 01, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Canadian pilot was sentenced to two years in prison by a Ketchikan judge for attempting to smuggle 42 pounds of marijuana into the country via a small floatplane.

Peter J. Drewry, 46, of Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, was arrested in March following an investigation into his plane crash near Duke Island south of Metlakatla.

Drewry had raised suspicion after trying to charter a boat to the island several days after the airplane had been recovered.

Alaska State Troopers returned to the island and found duffel bags filled with marijuana. Drewry was arrested while returning from the island in a chartered boat.

Ketchikan Superior Judge Trevor Stephens sentenced Drewry to two years in prison Tuesday after the man pleaded guilty to fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Drewry could have received up to five years in prison.

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