Eastern Panhandle marijuana dealers indicted on federal charges
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today the filing of an indictment by a grand jury sitting in Martinsburg, WV, charging Nicholas Avery Arthur, a/k/a “Beaster”, 29, of Largo, Florida, Dylan Ross Banker, 27, of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Jonathan Thomas Carnill, 27, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Gregory Scot Burlett, 39, of Ranson, West Virginia, and Jonah Blackwell Tremba, 34, of Charles Town, West Virginia, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana.
In addition to the conspiracy, Arthur, Banker, and Carnill are charged together with distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, and Burlett and Tremba are charged together with distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute an unspecified quantity of marijuana.
According to the indictment returned on March 20, 2012, from April 2010 through February 2012, the defendants operated a marijuana trafficking organization in Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, and Ohio, as well as the Northern District of West Virginia. Prosecutors further allege that during that time frame, Burlett and Tremba were directly responsible for dealing in an unspecified amount of marijuana, and Arthur, Banker, and Carnill were directly responsible for dealing in over 100 kilograms of marijuana.
If convicted, Burlett and Tremba face up to 20 years’ imprisonment and a $1 million fine. Arthur, Banker and Carnill face a mandatory minimum 5-year term of imprisonment, a maximum of 40 years’ imprisonment, and a $5 million fine.
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration Hagerstown Resident Office, Jefferson County (West Virginia) Sheriffs Department, Ranson Police Department, and United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation. Prosecution has been assigned to Special Assistant United States Attorney Wesley P. Page.
The case was assigned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania by the U.S. Department of Justice after the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of West Virginia requested to be recused from prosecuting the case due to a potential conflict of interest.
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