News Release
July 16, 2010
Contact: SA Melissa Bell
Public Information Officer
Number: (202) 616-4740

Former JMU Student Sentenced to 80 Months for Trafficking Marijuana

JUL 16 -- ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Ryan Ryskamp, 27, of Woodbridge, Va., was sentenced today to 80 months in prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, for his role as a leader of a marijuana trafficking ring in Northern Virginia from 2004 to 2010.

Ava Cooper-Davis, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge; Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Charlie T. Deane, Prince William County Chief of Police; and M. Douglas Scott, Arlington Chief of Police, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Liam O’Grady.

On April 13, 2010, Ryskamp pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. According to court records, Ryskamp is a college graduate of James Madison University, who made his living illegally selling large quantities of marijuana. The business started as an attempt to defray the cost of his drug habit, but it steadily increased from selling five pounds per month in late 2004 to 40 pounds per month in 2009. In the spring of 2007, Ryskamp met Jeffrey Musgrove, 26, of Harrisonburg, Va., another former JMU graduate, who became Ryskamp’s primary supplier. Musgrove largely operated in the areas surrounding Roanoke, while Ryskamp developed a customer base in Northern Virginia.

“This case was a huge success thanks to our state and local partners,” stated Ava A. Cooper-Davis, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge.  “The sentencing of these individuals shows the seriousness of their offenses.  The trafficking of marijuana is no different than trafficking any other narcotic; it brings the same level of violence and destruction to our communities.  ”

In addition to marijuana trafficking, Musgrove also acquired a number of firearms – including handguns and semi-assault rifles – to protect himself, his drugs and his profits. On March 19, 2010, Musgrove pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and with using and carrying firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking and was sentenced to 147 months in prison on July 9, 2010.

This case was initiated by the Prince William County Police Department, and investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Prince William County and Arlington County Police Departments.  Assistant United States Attorney Kim Pedersen prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.

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