SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Joshua Francis, age 32, a resident of Hogansburg, NY, was sentenced today to serve 60 months in prison for conspiring to distribute marijuana and for money laundering of drug proceeds announced Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon, Kevin Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Gregory S. Oakes, Oswego County District Attorney.
As part of his previous guilty plea, Francis admitted that between January 2017 and August 2017, he smuggled bulk quantities of marijuana from Canada into the United States by boat via the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation in New York State. Francis further admitted that he directed couriers in the United States to deliver marijuana to redistributors in the Syracuse area and elsewhere, and also to collect the proceeds from marijuana sales. Francis distributed at least 317 kilograms of marijuana.
In addition to his term of imprisonment, the court also sentenced Francis to four years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a money judgment in the amount of $501,850 representing proceeds derived from marijuana distribution.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), the Syracuse Police Department, and the Oswego County Drug Task Force, comprised of Special Agents of HSI, members of the City of Oswego Police Department, the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, Investigators from the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, the SUNY Oswego Police Department, and Agents of the U.S. Border Patrol. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Sutcliffe.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Northern District of New York