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OHIO MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON ON FEDERAL MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTION CHARGE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Mark Chappalear, 33, of Zanesville, Ohio, was sentenced today to 70 months in prison by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers for distribution of 1000 kilograms or more of marijuana.  Chappalear admitted that from about 2007 until September 2009, he conspired with known individuals to distribute 1000 kilograms or more of marijuana.  The defendant further admitted that he assisted a known associate on at least 15 separate occasions with the receipt and redistribution of at least 500 pound or more separate shipments of marijuana into the Zanesville, Ohio area.  It was part of the conspiracy that the defendant would assist in the off loading and counting the marijuana.  The defendant also admitted to distributing the marijuana to other individuals and would also obtain at least 60 pounds of marijuana per shipment that he would solely distribute.   Chappalear also admitted that during the scheme, he recruited a known individual who provided access to a warehouse to off load at least six shipments of approximately 500 pounds of marijuana on each occasion.  During the course of the conspiracy, the marijuana was distributed to Ohio and Huntington and other areas within the Southern District of West Virginia.      

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, and the Huntington Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Monica Dillon handled the prosecution. 

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