BANGOR — A 50-year-old Canadian man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in a smuggling operation that distributed thousands of pounds of marijuana.

Andre Picard of Riceville, New Brunswick, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

Picard pleaded guilty last August to smuggling marijuana across the border between 2005 and 2007. Prosecutors say Picard and his network of drug runners delivered 100 to 135 pounds of pot each week to distributors in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and North Carolina.

At least five other people involved in the scheme have been charged or sentenced.

According to the Bangor Daily News, Picard’s attorney said his client became involved in the scheme because he was addicted to money and greed.