Canada
Woman acquitted of conspiracy to import drugs for Rizzuto clan

Nancy Cedeno

Credits: JOEL LEMAY/QMI AGENCY

QMI AGENCY

MONTREAL - A judge on Friday acquitted a former customs agent for conspiracy to import drugs for the Rizzuto clan.

It was her second acquittal on the charges.

Police arrested Nancy Cedeno, 38, in 2006 during an anti-mafia operation that targeted the Rizzuto crime network in Montreal. A judge found her guilty of corruption in 2009 but acquitted her on the three more serious charges of conspiracy to import cocaine. The judge gave Cedeno a conditional sentence of two years minus a day.

An appeals court ordered a retrial after it ruled that the judge in the case erred in law.

She was acquitted again Friday, on charges that she conspired to import nine kilos of cocaine from Haiti and 30 kilos from Venezuela into Montreal.

Police accused Cedeno of issuing pre-approved declaration cards to drug traffickers which would have helped them cross the border without suspicion. Cedeno had maintained that she gave the pre-approved cards to a friend and that she didn't not know she was indirectly helping organized crime members.

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