November 23, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors say a Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise.
Jimmy Cournoyer pleaded guilty in May 2013 to charges including money laundering and conspiracies to manufacture and distribute marijuana and cocaine.
The 34-year-old Quebec native was sentenced Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court. Prosecutors say his Montreal-based organization had ties to organized crime and drug cartels.
Authorities say proceeds financed a lifestyle that included a supermodel girlfriend and a super-expensive car, the Bugatti Veyron.
Prosecutors say Cournoyer had a $2 million "hit fund" to punish those who cooperated with authorities.