The last defendant in a drug smuggling case that also involved a federal security officer and a Buffalo City Hall employee has been sentenced to federal prison.
David North Sr., 43, of Buffalo, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to 21 months in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess and sell marijuana.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten said North conspired with ring leader Derek Frank and was paid to drive a pickup truck with marijuana hidden inside to Buffalo from Phoenix, Ariz.
The case also resulted in guilty pleas from former Transportation Safety Administration officer Minetta Walker, U.S. Airways employee Tinisha Tucker-Anthony and former City of Buffalo employee Regina McCullen.
North’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Transportation Safety Administration and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.