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COLUMBUS – Adam Jerome Kennedy, 40, of Westerville, was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment for his role in distributing more than 10,000 kilograms but less than 30,000 kilograms of marijuana in central Ohio between 2000 and 2009.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Jose A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, and Franklin County Sheriff Jim Karnes announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.

The agencies investigating the case are partners in a task force established by the Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

Kennedy was arrested on April 20, 2010 and has been in custody since his arrest. Kennedy pleaded guilty on September 2, 2010 to one count each of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 1000 kilograms or more of marijuana, possession of a firearm by
a convicted felon, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Kennedy must also serve a period of five years on supervised release, a form of probation, after completing his prison term. 

Kennedy is the third person sentenced as part of the investigation into the organization. On August 19, 2010, Juan Luis Perez-Valtierra pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, and illegal reentry into the United States after removal as an aggravated felon. Perez-Valtierra was sentenced on April 13, 2011 to 120 months in prison. John Darling, 32, of Westerville pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering and was sentenced to three years probation including one year of home confinement.

Stewart commended the cooperative investigation by the HIDTA Task Force, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Kelley, who prosecuted the case.



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