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California Man Sentenced To Prison For Federal Marijuana
Trafficking Charges

September 17, 2013

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a California man was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert D. Mariani to serve 48 months in prison on the charge of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Karl Aspinall, age 38, of Los Angeles, California, admitted to participating in a marijuana trafficking ring which obtained marijuana from medical marijuana dispensaries and other sources in California, transported the marijuana to Pennsylvania, and distributed it to street level dealers and customers in the Lackawanna County area.

     In addition to the prison term, Judge Mariani also ordered that Aspinall be supervised by a probation officer for two years following his prison sentence.

     The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations Safe Streets Task Force and the Scranton Police Department.

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.


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