Long Island man sentenced to prison on drug charges linked to 2010 speeding violation on I-80 in Snow Shoe Township

A 2010 stop for speeding on Interstate 80 has put a New York man in federal prison for 46 months because a significant amount of marijuana was found in his rental vehicle.

The sentence imposed Friday on Andre Stennett, 40, of Freeport, N.Y., also included three years of supervised release after the prison term.

A criminal record that included a 1993 federal conviction in New York for the illegal interstate transfer of weapons caused U.S. Middle District Judge John E. Jones III to deny a defense motion for a downward departure.

The judge questioned who was standing in front of him — was it a salesman whose boss described him as a hard worker and has a job waiting or a drug dealer or courier?

Stennett was stopped by state police in Snow Shoe Township on Oct. 4, 2010, while doing 82 mph.

After police discovered he was driving a vehicle rented in Chicago and his license was suspended, they called in a drug-sniffing dog.

The car subsequently was taken to the Rockview barracks, a search warrant was obtained, and 56 kilograms of marijuana in packets were found in two suitcases in the trunk

Stennett pleaded guilty in June to a charge of possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of marijuana.