VANCOUVER, Wash. — A former Washington state pastor was sentenced to 5 years in federal jail on a drug smuggling cost.

The Columbian stories 55-year-old John Bishop was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court docket in San Diego after pleading responsible earlier this yr.

The founding father of Dwelling Hope Church in Vancouver was caught smuggling almost 300 kilos (136 kilograms) of marijuana into the USA from Mexico in December 2017.

He later informed authorities he had smuggled marijuana throughout the border 18 to 20 instances since April 2016, incomes $50,000.

Bishop apologized in court docket, telling the decide that he’ll do every part he can “to deliver hope and life into each particular person I are available contact with and to do good.”

He could have 4 years of supervised launch after jail.

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