Two years in jail for role in drug-smuggling operation

Ryan Lambert of Bellingham was among four people charged in the case in which ecstasy was smuggled from Abbotsford to Washington

Police blocked off roads in the area of Marion and Vye in Abbotsford in April 2013 while assisting in the search of a suspect who fled from U.S. border agents.

A U.S. resident involved in a case in which drugs were smuggled through a forested area from Abbotsford into Washington State has been sentenced to a two-year jail term.

Ryan Lambert’s sentence, handed out last Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington, will be followed by three years of probation. Lambert previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute ecstasy, while three others charges against him were stayed.

Bellingham residents Lambert and his girlfriend Kali Henifin (both in photo below), who has also pleaded guilty in the case, had made plans to pick up a delivery of the drug ecstasy from two others – Nathan Hall (photo at left) and Jeffrey Laviolette – on April 2, 2013 and transport it to San Francisco.

The drugs never made it to them because, earlier that day, Hall and Laviolette were walking through a forested area along the U.S.-Canada border from Abbotsford into Washington when they were spotted by U.S. border agents.

The two fled and Hall allegedly fired a gun. Both discarded two backpacks as they were fleeing the agents, and the bags were later found to contain 58.5 pounds of ecstasy.

Laviolette (in photo at left) was apprehended at the scene while Hall got away, launching an overnight manhunt that involved authorities on both sides of the border.

Hall, 36, was arrested early the next morning at an Abbotsford apartment where Laviolette’s girlfriend was also present.

Laviolette was sentenced in December to a 10-year jail term on charges of conspiracy to distribute ecstasy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Three other charges against him were dismissed.

Hall is currently going through the B.C. court system on other charges – including breaching his probation in Langley, and driving while suspended and resisting a police officer in Mission – and has not yet faced charges in the U.S. case.

He has five charges pending against him south of the border, including conspiracy to distribute ecstasy, conspiracy to import, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The process to extradite him to the U.S. is ongoing.

Henifin, 27, was also scheduled for sentencing last Friday, but did not show up and was ordered to be detained until her rescheduled sentencing. She has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute ecstasy.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

COVID-19 outbreak declared over at Tabor Home in Abbotsford

Fraser Health reported on June 17 that resident had tested positive

Fundraiser seeks to buy ‘tiny home’ for Abbotsford woman with severe allergies

Katie Hobson cannot live in regular accommodation due to debilitating health issues

Recreational chinook openings leave First Nations frustrated on the Lower Fraser

Limited recreational openings for chinook on the Chehalis and Chilliwack rivers being questioned

Some Chilliwack residents dealing with water on land and underground

City reminds homeowners to be ready for basement floods as Fraser River and water table rises

RCMP ask for help to find missing Chilliwack teenager

Eighteen-year-old Abigail Amber Peters Swan was last seen in Abbotsford

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision on Trans Canada

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

Fraser Valley woman complains of violent RCMP takedown during wellness check

Mounties respond that she was not co-operating during Mental Health Act apprehension

B.C. sees 12 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Three outbreaks exist in health-care settings

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

COVID-19: B.C. promotes video-activated services card

Mobile app allows easier video identity verification

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Would you take a COVID-19 vaccine? Poll suggests most Canadians say yes

75 per cent of Canadians would agree to take a novel coronavirus vaccine

Budget officer pegs cost of basic income as calls for it grow due to COVID-19

Planned federal spending to date on pandemic-related aid now tops about $174 billion

Most Read