Hollow logs stuffed with pot

Four men alleged to have been involved in a North Okanagan drug scam to ship hundreds of pounds of marijuana in hollowed out logs from Armstrong to the U.S. could soon be on their way to California for trial.

The B.C. Court of Appeals has upheld the federal justice minister's order of surrender to U.S. authorities issued last year for: Darrell Joseph Romano, Aaron Randolph Anderson, Jamie Daniel Nenasheff and Ivan Djuracic.

According to court documents, it is alleged that over a period of months in 2006 what amounted to hundreds of pounds of marijuana, packaged in plastic bags, were concealed in logs that were hollowed out and reassembled and then shipped by flatbed truck from a workshop in Armstrong to Ontario, Calif.

The logs were delivered to a dummy log house business.

The four accused are alleged to have prepared the logs for shipment at the workshop.

The court found that each of the persons sought for extradition was working at the workshop during the time when 10 modified, stuffed logs were put onto the orange flat-bed truck, and, therefore, knew the logs and the marijuana inside them were being transported elsewhere. 

Given the volume of marijuana, the court found it reasonable to infer that it was a commercial operation.

Two others have pleaded guilty in a California court to their part in the scam, and three others have already been extradited to the U.S., court documents say.

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