Ohio Man Sentenced for Major Marijuana Conspiracy

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. A Zanesville, Ohio man was sentenced yesterday for participating in a large-scale marijuana conspiracy operating in West Virginia and Ohio.   Jason Luburgh, 27, was sentenced yesterday to 46 months in prison by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers. Luburgh previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 kilograms or more of marijuana for remuneration.


The conviction stems from a joint investigation conducted 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.


Assistant United States Attorney Monica L. Dillon is handling the prosecution.

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