MALONE –– A Malone man convicted in January of having 240 pounds of marijuana in his pickup truck when he crashed the vehicle during a police pursuit in 2010 has pleaded guilty to a weapons charge filed while he was awaiting trial on the drug count.
Alain Forget, 43, of Malone, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Court to one count of third-degree criminal sale of a firearm and was given a determinate sentence of seven years in prison with five years post-release supervision. He was also ordered to pay $1,000 restitution.
Judge Robert G. Main Jr. ordered the sentence to run concurrent with 70-month sentence Forget received in April after he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Syracuse to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. He also was ordered to undergo an additional four years of supervision upon his release.
Forget was arrested Dec. 27 by New York State Police on one count of second-degree criminal possession of a firearm, three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a firearm and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a firearm as a result of a month-long investigation by troopers and the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office. At the time, he was awaiting trial on charges stemming from a Sept. 15, 2010 crash after which law enforcement officials discovered more than 100 kilograms of marijuana in his vehicle.
According to his plea agreement in the drug case, Forget admitted he was traveling between the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation and his residence when U.S. Border Patrol agents attempted a traffic stop. Instead of stopping, Forget led agents and other law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit on U.S. Route 11 and County Route 53.
The pursuit ended on Route 30 near Fitzpatrick Road when Forget’s Ford F-150 slid off the road and into a field. He fled the scene, but was apprehended by Border Patrol agents, who recovered 240 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.
Forget admitted in his plea agreement that from September 2008 to Sept. 15, 2010, he worked for a drug trafficking operation that was smuggling large quantities of marijuana into the United States from Canada. Within the organization, Forget was responsible for transporting the marijuana from the reservation to wholesale narcotics dealers in various locations in the United States. To accomplish this, he recruited and employed several couriers to transport the marijuana once it was in the country.
Forget admitted that on the day of his arrest, he was contacted by an unidentified co-conspirator and told that a large load of marijuana was ready to be delivered. Forget then met the man on the reservation at a marina in Snye, Quec. Once there, he and the co-conspirator loaded six hockey-style bags with the drug and placed them in his truck, according to the agreement. He admitted that he planned to take the marijuana to his residence and store it there until one of his couriers was available to transport it.