WILTON, N.Y. – A Saratoga Springs man will serve time for his role in a multi-million dollar drug trafficking conspiracy that stretched from coast to coast.
Eric Canori, 33, surrendered himself to prison Tuesday following charges from back in 2009; since then the Drug Enforcement Administration has collected $11.28 million in assets from the conspiracy.
In 2011, Assistant Special Agent in Charge James Burns says he along with fellow investigators found themselves digging through a muddy lot in Wilton looking for those assets and were surprised at what they found.
"We were able to dig up a little over $8 Million in gold bars and coins that he had hidden," Burns said.
Burns says Canori agreed to work with them to find the assets. His hand captured in a picture opening a tool box. Burns says he was surprised at how much gold had been saved.
"He had been very frugal and very careful on how he invested or saved his money. A lot of these folks who are engaged in narcotics trafficking tend to spend their money quickly," Burns said.
On November 27, 2012, Eric Canori was sentenced to 30 months behind bars and four years supervised release after he plead guilty for his role in a marijuana distribution conspiracy that Investigators say goes from coast to coast and has been happening for years.
Burns tells us they were able to catch Canori only after a trooper in Illinois pulled over a vehicle that was traveling from California to New York with 288 pounds of pot inside.
"We performed what we refer to as a controlled delivery," Burns said. The DEA worked with the driver to complete the delivery. Canori and Melissa "Missy" Giove, a former World Champion in Mountain Biking were both arrested for their involvement in the conspiracy.
Burns says after executing a search warrant for Canori's home they found the 288 pounds of marijuana, plus another near 100 pounds and $1.2 Million in cash. Burns says he's glad authorities were able to keep the drugs from being sold.
"We can go into the marijuana debate. Now, this is not the time to do it, but its certainly not the harmless substance that a lot of people would like the public to believe," Burns said. "Narcotics trafficking are very serious. It's illegal and it can lead to violence and other rimes in and of itself," Burns said.