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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Colorado

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Arvada Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Mailing Marijuana

DENVER – Mark Herbert Koenig, age 36, of Arvada, Colorado, was recently sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson to serve one year and a day in federal prison for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer and U.S. Postal Inspector in Charge Dana Carter announced.  Koenig was sentenced on January 25, 2018, following his entering a guilty plea on October 27, 2017.

According to the stipulated facts contained in the plea agreement, in four separate times, October 5, 2015, November 17, 2015, December 16, 2015, and January 6, 2016, Koenig was observed mailing a package.  U.S. Postal Inspectors seized each package after a drug dog alerted to it.  A warrant was obtained in each instance, and the packages opened, containing between 950 grams to 1.600 kilograms of marijuana.  On January 13, 2016, a search warrant was obtained for the defendant’s residence.  Inside Postal Inspectors found 123 mature marijuana plants.  For purposes of sentencing, both the prosecution and defense agreed in the plea agreement that the total amount of marijuana that was considered for relevant conduct was 18,672 grams.

“U.S. Postal Inspectors continue to aggressively target individuals who use the postal service to distribute controlled substances,” said Dana Carter, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Denver Division.  “Our efforts to protect the nation’s mail, and postal customers, from illegal drug shipments are highlighted in cases such as these, where repeat offenders are sent to federal prison.”

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, along with the Arvada Police Department and the West Metro Drug Task Force.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt Bohn.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 8, 2018