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Ashley Man Sentenced to Prison for Drug Trafficking and Damaging Property Subject to Forfeiture

February 9, 2012

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Luzerne County man was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Richard P. Conaboy to 30 months in prison for his involvement in a marijuana trafficking conspiracy and altering and mutilating a residence that was the subject of a federal forfeiture proceeding.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Robert Terry Lewis, age 34, formerly of Ashley, Pennsylvania, previously admitted to participating in a drug conspiracy that obtained more than 20 kilograms of marijuana from suppliers in Texas and shipped the marijuana to the Wilkes-Barre area where it was distributed to others between June 2009 and March 2011. Lewis also previously admitted to aiding and abetting others in altering and mutilating a residence that was the subject of federal forfeiture proceedings.

     The charges against Lewis stemmed from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, criminal investigators from the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Postal Inspectors, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Wilkes-Barre Police. Lewis is one of three people to be charged and plead guilty in connection with the ongoing investigation. Anderson Arnold previously pleaded guilty to a marijuana trafficking charge for receiving a marijuana package from Texas, and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Robert Collins has pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony in relation to the alteration and mutilation of the residence, and is awaiting sentencing.

     As part of a plea agreement, Lewis agreed to forfeit a residence located on North Main Street in Wilkes-Barre that was purchased by drug proceeds. Lewis was also ordered to forfeit a second residence located on Reese Street in Wilkes-Barre as a result of a federal civil action.

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Francis P. Sempa and Amy Phillips.


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