BANGOR — A man described by prosecutors “as one of the most prolific drug smugglers in Maine” has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison on drug and money laundering charges.

Paul Corbin of the northern Maine community of St. David was also sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Bangor to four years of probation and ordered to forfeit more than $100,000 in cash along with guns and heavy equipment.

Prosecutors say between 2000 and 2011 the 55-year-old Corbin brought hundreds of pounds of marijuana from Canada and organized its distribution through a series of dealers in Maine, Connecticut, New York and Michigan.

He also laundered the proceeds of the drug sales through legitimate snow plowing and gravel sorting businesses.

The Bangor Daily News reports that Corbin apologized in court.

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