LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge in Las Vegas is giving a 52-year-old Quebec trucker who pleaded guilty in a big Nevada cocaine bust a chance to serve his six-to-15 year prison sentence in Canada.
Clark County District Court Judge Kathleen Delaney agreed Thursday to let lawyers for Gaston Danjou apply to Nevada and federal authorities to invoke a 1977 international prisoner transfer treaty in Danjou’s case.
The judge noted that Danjou speaks only French and has no ties to Nevada.
Danjou was arrested last August on Interstate 15 outside Las Vegas after police reported finding 452 pounds of cocaine in duffel bags in the cab of his big rig truck.
Danjou pleaded guilty in December to possession of just less than 28 ounces. That let him avoid a sentence of life in prison.