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Dennis Pamplin’s accomplice released in New Jersey cannabis case

An American who plotted to bring $15 million worth of cannabis to Bermuda has been sentenced to “time served” after three years on remand in custody.

Brian Henry was arrested along with fellow American Dennis Pamplin on July 15, 2008 when undercover police swooped on a warehouse in Orange, New Jersey. A police dog sniffed out 700 pounds of cannabis hidden inside concrete pillars at the premises. The US Drug Enforcement Agency said the raid was the culmination of a year-long operation involving Bermuda Police.

Investigations revealed multiple wire transfers of thousands of dollars between Pamplin’s bank accounts in Bermuda and the US, dating from 2005 to 2008. Both men were charged with conspiring to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of cannabis with an estimated street value in Bermuda of $15 million and remanded into custody.

Henry subsequently participated in an interview with special agents, telling them he assisted Pamplin in the packaging of cannabis shipments inside columns and steel cylinders.

He admitted that he participated in the packaging of approximately five such shipments, including the one seized.

He stated that after the narcotics were packaged, Pamplin arranged for each shipment to be transported overseas to Bermuda, via the Port of Newark, New Jersey. Pamplin, 61, who is the estranged husband of One Bermuda Alliance politician Patricia Gordon-Pamplin, admitted in December 2010 to conspiring to distribute drugs.

In March this year, Pamplin was jailed for three-and-a-half years by a judge at the Southern New York US District Court.

He is incarcerated in the Federal Correctional Institution in Fort Dix, New Jersey, a low-security facility.

The time he spent in custody prior to his sentencing means he is due for release on August 27, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons data. Henry, 34, pleaded guilty in December 2008 to his role in the conspiracy and also to being a gun runner.

He admitted to four counts of conspiring to distribute cocaine and marijuana and the illegal importation of firearms.

Bermuda Police Service has previously stated that it has no knowledge relating to the firearms charge, and no specifics are listed on court documents.

According to a court spokeswoman, Henry was sentenced on Wednesday, August 3, to time served plus five years’ supervised release.

He had been on remand at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Published August 08, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 08, 2011 at 9:36 am)

Dennis Pamplin’s accomplice released in New Jersey cannabis case

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