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Criminal organization exploited man: Thorning

Toronto criminal lawyer Peter Thorning says his client, a man sentenced for conspiring to import cocaine, is remorseful for his actions and was ruthlessly exploited by a criminal organization.

SunMedia reports that a “trusted member” of a conspiracy to import a tonne of cocaine per month into Canada was sentenced to eight years in prison. The Crown had sought 10 to 12 years in the penitentiary.

"Justice John McMahon said Alfonso Inclima, 41, acted as 'the front man' for cocaine kingpin Nick Nero in two transactions, including a $1-million, 30-kilogram purchase in Los Angeles and another 10-kilogram deal in Mexico in the spring of 2012," says the article.

The judge subtracted seven months off the sentence because Inclima lived under restrictive bail conditions for a few months.

Thorning, partner at Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP, said in the article that his client had been a hard-working, industrious member of society since he was 14 years old.

The Sun says Inclima never received compensation from Nero, who scored more than $1 million in cash from the 30-kilogram deal in his Yorkville condo.

Inclima, who had no previous convictions, pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to traffic cocaine, between Jan. 1 and May 23, 2012, from Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Montreal, Vancouver, Mexico, Los Angeles and Buffalo, says the article.



 

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