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California Man Indicted for Marijuana Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Eric D. McNeil, age 39, of Murietta, California, was indicted yesterday for conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana in Columbia County, New York.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Inspector in Charge Shelly A. Binkowski, United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Boston Division.

McNeil was arrested May 2, 2017, on a criminal complaint. According to the complaint, McNeil used the United States Postal Service to send more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, from California and to a co-conspirator located in Columbia County. The charges in the complaint and indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

McNeil will be arraigned at a later date. If convicted, he faces at least 5 years and up to 40 years in prison, a maximum $5 million fine, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 4 years and up to life. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

Updated June 29, 2017

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