Two Edmundston area men have been sentenced in Quebec on multiple drug charges following an investigation into a smuggling ring that began in 2007.  

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New Brunswick RCMP say that 69-year-old Conrad Couturier of Edmundston was sentenced on Friday to 3 years in prison and 59-year-old Bertin Parent of Rivière-Verte was sentenced to 4 ½ years behind bars.

Couturier pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to export ecstasy, conspiracy to possess ecstasy for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy to traffic ecstasy.  Parent pleaded guilty to the same charges related to trafficking ecstasy as well as conspiracy to export and traffic marijuana.

The two were arrested in February 2009 during a multi-agency drug investigation that uncovered a criminal group which was using the border between Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec to smuggle marijuana and other drugs into the United States.

Eight others had previously been arrested in connection with that drug smuggling ring.