03/28/2008 02:44 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

UN Official Who Aimed To Eradicate Opium Gets Four Year Sentence For Drug Smuggling, Possession

A Canadian U.N. official who advised the Afghan government on eradicating opium poppy crops was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison for smuggling and drug possession.

Bert Tatham, 35, of Vancouver, British Columbia, was arrested April 23 during a one-hour stopover at the Dubai International Airport, after being caught with a half a gram of hashish, and two poppy bulbs. He pleaded innocent.