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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Jay Van Meenen, 33, of Las Vegas, was sentenced yesterday to 37 months in prison and four years of supervised release by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers for aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.  Van Meenen pleaded guilty in May.  The defendant admitted that on March 5, 2010, he possessed with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.  The defendant also admitted that at the time, he transported a Haulmark Box trailer from Arizona to West Virginia that contained marijuana intended to be delivered to the confidential source in Putnam County.  Van Meenen further admitted that he agreed to transport the quantity of marijuana on behalf of a drug trafficking organization operating out of Arizona and Mexico.  On March 5, 2010, officers conducted a traffic stop of the defendant’s vehicle in Putnam County, and a subsequent search of the vehicle revealed approximately 310.3 kilograms of marijuana.         

The investigation was conducted by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Department in Ohio.  Assistant United States Attorney Monica Dillon handled the prosecution. 

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