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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Florida Man Charged With Marijuana Trafficking


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ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Arthur Woodrow Pritt, Jr., 37, of Archer, Florida, with marijuana trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Pritt is alleged to have repeatedly sold marijuana in Northern West Virginia from December 2008 through the present. In October 24, 2014 he was discovered in possession of marijuana. He is charged with one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana” and one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana.”

Pritt faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Warner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The case is being investigated by the Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, the United States Forest Service, the West Virginia State Police, the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, and the U.S. Postal Service.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated January 7, 2015