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Ohio couple plead guilty to marijuana trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Robert Bamberger, 53, and Tammy Bamberger, 47, both of Martins Ferry, Ohio, pled guilty in federal court in Wheeling today to marijuana trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Robert and Tammy Bamberger were discovered in November 2015 in possession of a package containing more than 14 pounds of marijuana that had been shipped from California to Ohio County, West Virginia.

They each pled guilty today to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana.” They each face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. 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 Vogrin prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the United States Postal Inspection Service investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert presided.

Updated June 8, 2016

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