MARIJUANA TRAFFICKERS SENTENCED
MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN – U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced that Nathan Peter Kobasic, age 31, a resident of Bark River, Michigan, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison as a result of his guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of marijuana. U.S. District Judge R. Allan Edgar, who conducted the sentencing hearing in Marquette, also sentenced Kobasic to 4 years of federal supervised release after his prison term is complete.
Kobasic was apprehended on October 2, 2009 following a tip to crime stoppers. The tipster informed police that a shipment of marijuana was being sent via FedEx to Jason Scott Schwalbach, age 34, and also a resident of Bark River. Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) intercepted the suspect package and found that it did in fact contain marijuana. An undercover UPSET detective posing as a FedEx delivery man delivered the package to Schwalbach’s residence. Schwalback took custody of the package and was apprehended. This led UPSET to discover that the package was ultimately intended to go to Kobasic. Search warrants at Mr. Kobasic’s home and business revealed additional marijuana, packaging materials, and in excess of $39,000 in cash.
Several other defendants have already been sentenced in this case. Jody Michael Williams, age 35, a resident of Escanaba, Michigan, was sentenced to 100 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release. Joshua Carl Harrison, age 28, of Escanaba, Michigan, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and 4 years of supervised release. Finally, Schwalbach got 6 months in prison and 2 years of supervised release. Pedro Andres Kobasic, the only remaining defendant in this case is a fugitive from justice with no set trial date.
All of these defendants were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maarten Vermaat.