FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 26, 2011
ARIZONA MAN SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON ON FEDERAL DRUG CHARGE
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – James C. Russell, 52, of Peoria, Arizona, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers for marijuana distribution. Russell pleaded guilty in April. The defendant admitted that during 2006 until May 19, 2010, he conspired with known individuals to distribute 1000 kilograms or more of marijuana. The defendant further admitted to recruiting drivers on behalf of a drug trafficking organization based in Arizona and Mexico to transport marijuana to various locations including Zanesville, Ohio. It was part of the conspiracy that the marijuana would be delivered by the drivers to individuals in Ohio for further distribution to other areas including Huntington, West Virginia. Russell also admitted that he was provided cash and marijuana as payment for his role in recruiting drivers for the drug trafficking scheme.
This case was investigated by Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team, and the Huntington Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Monica Dillon handled the prosecution.
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