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TWO COLUMBUS MEN SENTENCED TO PRISON ON FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Two Columbus men were sentenced to prison today by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers for conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.  Christopher Clark, 36, was sentenced to 60 months in prison.  Co-defendant Jeffery Perry, 33, was sentenced to 33 months in prison.  Both men pleaded guilty in May.  Clark admitted that he would obtain marijuana from his source of supply and then redistribute the marijuana to other individuals and expect repayment upon the sell of the marijuana.  Perry admitted that from about 2002 until May 2010, he also conspired with known individuals to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.  Perry further admitted that he and an associate obtained marijuana from a Mexican source of supply in order to redistribute the marijuana.  Perry also admitted that he would obtain marijuana from his source of supply located in Columbus, then redistribute it to a primary customer and expect repayment once the associate sold the marijuana.  The marijuana received during the course of the conspiracy was distributed in Ohio and Huntington, West Virginia and elsewhere. 

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Monica Dillon handled the prosecution. 

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