A North Dakota man convicted of orchestrating a copper theft plot at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan has been sentenced to 33 months in prison.

Benjamin Guidry, 41, received the sentence on March 20, following his November conviction for theft of government property.

Federal prosecutors said that Guidry, while working for an Afghan company, solicited two contractors in February 2013 to provide him with materials from around the base for cash.

After the contractors reported Guidry to U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command at Kandahar, authorities arranged a sting operation where they offered to provide him with spools of copper wire for cash.

Guidry agreed to pay agents $4,000 for the spools, worth $54,000, and was arrested upon leaving an Air Force compound with the spools.