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Syracuse Man Sentenced to 63 Months for Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana and Money Laundering

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

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Nicholas Tarbell, age 32, of Syracuse,  was sentenced today to serve 63 months in prison for conspiring to distribute marijuana and money laundering, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, Kevin Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Gregory S. Oakes, Oswego County District Attorney.

As part of his previous guilty plea, Tarbell admitted that between approximately January and August 2017 he received bulk quantities of marijuana from a source of supply. Tarbell sold marijuana he received and sent proceeds from some of those sales back to his source of supply by courier. As part of his guilty plea, Tarbell admitted to distributing and/or possessing approximately 350 kilograms of marijuana.

In addition to his term of imprisonment, the court also sentenced Tarbell to 4 years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a money judgment in the amount of $469,184.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and the Oswego County Drug Task Force, comprised of Special Agents of HSI, members of the City of Oswego Police Department, the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, Investigators from the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, the SUNY Oswego Police Department and Agents of the U.S. Border Patrol.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Sutcliffe.

Updated August 5, 2020

Drug Trafficking