Man, 35, Gets 13 Years For Having 200 Pounds Of Cocaine

SANTA ANA (CBS) — A 35-year-old Canadian man was sentenced to 13 years in prison Friday for getting busted with 200 pounds of cocaine in Newport Beach.

Jean Francois Gosselin plead guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. His sentenced was enhanced because Gosselin has more than 10 kilograms, or 22 pounds, according to court documents.

KNX 1070’s Pat Haslam Reports

Superior Court Judge W. Michael Hayes gave Gosselin three years for possession and another 10 for the sentencing enhancement.

Gosselin, who turns 36 Tuesday, was staying in a mobile home when he was arrested Jan. 20.

Authorities placed the dollar amount of the haul at around $19 million. Gosselin’s attorney argued that is was more like $1.3 million.

Said Mike McDonell of Gosselin, “He’s a good guy. He did a bad thing and now he’s going to pay the price for it.”

McDonnell also said Gosselin was a family guy with no priors.

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