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Kingston Man Sentenced to Prison for Marijuana Trafficking

November 30, 2011

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Kingston, Pennsylvania resident was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik to serve 30 months in prison for participating in a scheme to receive packages of marijuana by mail from Texas.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Anderson Arnold, age 43, previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Arnold admitted to obtaining more than 20 kilograms of marijuana from suppliers in Texas in March 2011. The marijuana was intended for distribution in the Luzerne County area, but was intercepted by federal agents and state police.

     The charge against Arnold stemmed from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Postal Inspectors, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Wilkes-Barre Police. A second person connected to the scheme, Robert Terry Lewis, has also pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

     Judge Kosik also ordered that Arnold serve three years on supervised release following his prison sentence.

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.


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