Alberta smuggler said Mexican drug cartel made him do it

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Kevin Martin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:35 PM ET

CALGARY -- A man who admitted trying to smuggle cocaine into Canada said he did it under threat by Mexican drug cartel members.

On Friday, a judge sentenced Jacob Fehr to seven years in prison.

Justice Glen Poelman said even if the threat against Fehr was legitimate, there were other steps he could've taken, such as going to the authorities.

Fehr admitted making three trips from Peace River, Alta., to Mexico with his wife and four daughters, after he said he was ordered to go down there by drug dealers who he owed money to.

He was only convicted for one of the shipments, after he was arrested on Jan. 9, 2011.

"He knew he was carrying out the wishes of a criminal organization" the judge said.

Fehr, 38, gave a statement to police after his arrest and repeated the same claim in court.

"He said he was acting out of fear because of threats made to his safety and the safety of family members," Poelman noted.

 


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