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Ex-Red Wing Probert Faces Drug Charge

From Times Wire Services

A federal grand jury has indicted Bob Probert on a felony charge of drug importation nearly three weeks after the former Detroit Red Wings forward allegedly tried to smuggle cocaine through the Detroit-Windsor tunnel.

If convicted, Probert, a Canadian citizen living in Detroit, could be banned from the nited States, according to Roman Rewald, a Detroit lawyer who specializes in immigration and international law.

Probert, 23, also faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1-million fine, but under federal sentencing guidelines, he would serve less than two years in prison.

Customs agents said they found 14 grams of cocaine in Probert’s underwear on March 2 as he tried to enter the United States from Canada. The Red Wings suspended Probert, but the National Hockey League expelled him two days later.

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Ross Parker, head of the criminal division of the U.S. attorney’s office, said Tuesday he decided to charge Probert with a felony, because a “misdemeanor did not adequately represent the nature of his conduct.”


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