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Pittsburgh Man Charged In Marijuana Trafficking Scheme

December 14, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating the federal drug laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two‑count indictment named Griffin Abel, 32, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, from in or around the Fall of 2009, and continuing thereafter until on or about Nov. 23, 2010, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, Griffin Abel conspired with others to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.  He also is charged with attempting to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana on Nov. 23, 2010.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five years and up to 40 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Troy Rivetti is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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