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Last Defendant in Custody of 17 Person Wilkes-Barre Drug Ring Sentenced in Federal Court

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August 22, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that the last defendant of a 17-person drug ring that operated in Wilkes-Barre was sentenced in federal court Tuesday.

     Jamarr Reid, age 31, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik to a 21-month term of imprisonment, three years of supervised release and a $500 fine. Judge Kosik also ordered the forfeiture of $208,416.50.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, in August 2009, 17 people were indicted for the unlawful possession and distribution of crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana, among other crimes as part of an on-going joint law enforcement initiative named “Operation Southern Comfort”.

     The members of the drug trafficking ring imported crack, cocaine and marijuana into Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, from multiple locations outside the Commonwealth. They all pleaded guilty except for Terrell Nicholson who remains a fugitive.

     The individuals charged and their sentences are:

Mark Aguilar, age 24, of Scranton, Pennsylvania - sentenced to time served of 16 months and two days’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release;

Mike Beseda, age 30, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania - sentenced to three years of probation, $250 fine;

Peter Fuller, age 36, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania - sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment, six years of supervised release;

Ishmael Garrett, age 32, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania - sentenced to 110 months’ imprisonment, four years of supervised release, $400 fine;

John Gray, age 36, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania - sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release, $500 fine;

Colby Gronski, age 27, of Pittston, Pennsylvania - sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment, six years of supervised release, $1,000 fine;

Scott Hughes, age 43, of Pittston, Pennsylvania - sentenced to a two years of probation, $500 fine;

Marvin Jayma, age 31, of Hanover Township, Pennsylvania - sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment, four years of supervised release, $2,500 fine;

Shawn Maiers, age 35, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania - sentenced to 48 months’ imprisonment, six years of supervised release, $300 fine;

Gordon Mason, age 45, of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania - sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release, $330 fine;

Steve McKenzie, age 28, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania - sentenced to time served of 15 months, 18 days imprisonment, six year term of supervised release;

Jeffrey Shovlin, age 31, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania - sentenced to 41 months’ imprisonment, six years of supervised release, $500 fine;

Craig Simmons, age 41, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania - sentenced to 37 months’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release, $1,000 fine;

Charlotte Spak, age 29, of Harding, Pennsylvania - sentenced to three years of probation; and

David Trombly, age 51, of Duryea, Pennsylvania - sentenced to two years of probation

     In addition to the 17 individuals named in the indictment, three additional criminal matters were prosecuted federally as a result of the “Operation Southern Comfort” investigation:

     Clifford Klaiber, age 29, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was charged with distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin. Klaiber was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and a $500 fine.

     Miyoki Turuda, age 33, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana. Turuda was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment.

     Raun Sandy, age 31, of Plains, Pennsylvania, charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Sandy was sentenced to 40 months’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and a $1,000 fine.

     The investigation was conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Wilkes-Barre Police Department, and the Kingston Police Department.

     Prosecution of this case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Todd K. Hinkley.

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