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Ohio Man Pleads Guilty To Possessing Drugs At Rainbow Family Gathering

September 30, 2010

ERIE, Pa. ‑ A resident of Lakewood, Ohio, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Adam Zagger, 33, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Zagger possessed a quantity of marijuana, LSD, hashish, and methamphetamine while attending the Rainbow Family gathering in the Allegheny National Forest.

Judge McLaughlin scheduled sentencing for February 4, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of six years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

Pending sentencing, the court continued Zagger on bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Marshall J. Piccinini is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Forest Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Zagger.

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