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NEW INFO: South Point Man Sentenced in Marijuana Conspiracy

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/7/12
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A South Point, Ohio, man was sentenced Monday to more than 12 years in prison on drug trafficking charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

During a hearing in U.S. District Court, Barry Adkins, 49, was sentenced to 151 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana.

Adkins was found guilty by a Huntington jury in September.

Evidence at trial proved that beginning in the late fall of 2007, Adkins joined a marijuana conspiracy operating in Zanesville and Ironton, Ohio, and Huntington, W.Va.

Members of the conspiracy testified that from 2007 until 2009, they received about 11,000 pounds of marijuana from a Mexican source of supply and sent approximately $10 million in profit back to Mexico.

Testimony during the trial showed Adkins knowingly joined the ongoing conspiracy and was being supplied marijuana for distribution in the Tri-State area.



UPDATE 1/19/11
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Zanesville, Ohio man faces nearly four years in a federal prison for his role in a large-scale marijuana conspiracy operating in West Virginia and Ohio.

Jason Luburgh, 27, was sentenced Monday to 46 months in prison during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Huntington.

Luburgh previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 kilograms or more of marijuana.

The conviction stems from a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team.

According to court documents, Luburgh agreed to allow others to use a large, family garage in Zanesville as a storage facility for the receipt and distribution of massive amounts of marijuana.

Luburgh admitted that from 2007 to September 2009, he allowed at least six shipments of marijuana, averaging approximately 800 pounds per shipment, to be stored at his family garage.

In return, Luburgh received approximately $1,800 from each shipment. The investigation revealed that following each shipment, other members of the conspiracy obtained multi-pound quantities of marijuana from the storage facility for distribution in West Virginia and Ohio.

In addition to his prison sentence, Luburgh agreed to forfeit to the Government $10,000 in cash, which represents proceeds from the drug conspiracy.

As a result of the investigation, seventeen individuals, including Luburgh, have been charged for their roles in the multi-state conspiracy. Eight of those charged have pleaded guilty.



UPDATE 1/4/10
HUNTINGTON, W.Va, (WSAZ) -- A guilty plea has been made in a $10 million marijuana conspiracy.

Back in Jury, a federal court grand jury has indicted eight people for their roles in the alleged conspiracy.

On Monday, Mark Chappalear, also known as "Chappy", pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Huntington.

In his plea a agreement, Chappaler, who is from Zanesville, Ohio, admitted he conspired to distribute 100 kg or more of marijuana between 2007 and September 2009.

Chappalear will be sentenced in April. He faces 10 years to life in prison plus a fine of $4 million.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/27/10
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A federal court grand jury has indicted eight people for their roles in what prosecutors say was a $10 million marijuana distribution conspiracy.

Christopher Clark, also known as “Cluck”, Jeffery Perry, Jay Van Meenen, Russell Nelson, Mark Chappalear, also known as “Chappy”, Rosa Imedla Ledezma, and Barry Adkins are charged with conspiring to distribute more than 1,000 kg of marijuana between the summer of 2002 and May of this year. That's about 2,200 pounds of marijuana. That according to documents from U.S. District Court in Huntington.

The eighth person indicted is Richard Fleming. The indictment charges Fleming with distributing 100 kg or more of marijuana in the Nitro area in March of this year.

Prosecutors ask that if convicted, the eight be forced to forfeit the $10 million profit they allegedly made from the sale of the marijuana, along with numerous real estate properties and vehicles.

The grand jury released the indictments last week, but it was not unsealed until Tuesday.

We’re told that Clark and Perry were arrested in Ohio on Monday.


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