Two Hogansburg men face federal allegations that they possessed more than 200 pounds of marijuana earlier this year. Adam M. Jacobs, 23, who also has addresses in Moira and Bombay, and Bradley Rickerl, 24, each face charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 100 kilograms of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute over 100 kilograms of marijuana. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court, Plattsburgh. It is alleged that they conspired to possess that quantity of the drug between Jan. 1 and April 1 and that they did possess the drug in that quantity in early September. The arrests were part of a larger drug sweep Friday that saw seven other people arrested in Niagara Falls and Buffalo. The arrests came as the result of an investigation into a drug ring that allegedly smuggled marijuana from Canada and cocaine from South America through the Niagara Frontier and the north country.
According to information provided by the court, in addition to the arrests, Department of Homeland Security agents executed three search warrants at separate properties and seized 50 pounds of marijuana, scales, baggies and a vacuum sealer, marijuana plants, firearms and ammunition, electronic data storage devices including cellular phones and American and Canadian currency. Information about the locations of the searched properties or the amount of money seized was not available from the court. If convicted of the crimes, the men face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison on each count, or a $2 million fine, or both. Both have been ordered held in U.S. Marshal’s custody without bail pending a detention hearing Tuesday. Homeland Security was assisted in their investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the St. Regis Mohawk Police Department.
via : Watertown Daily Times
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