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Former Washington pastor gets 5 years for drug smuggling

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A former Washington state pastor was sentenced to five years in federal prison on a drug smuggling charge.

The Columbian reports 55-year-old John Bishop was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in San Diego after pleading guilty earlier this year.

The founder of Living Hope Church in Vancouver was caught smuggling nearly 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of marijuana into the United States from Mexico in December 2017.

He later told authorities he had smuggled marijuana across the border 18 to 20 times since April 2016, earning $50,000.

Bishop apologized in court, telling the judge that he will do everything he can “to bring hope and life into every person I come in contact with and to do good.”

He will have four years of supervised release after prison.


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