Five year prison sentence for Columbia County pot conspiracy

California Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Marijuana Conspiracy

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Eric D. McNeil, age 40, of Murietta, California, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for conspiring to distribute at least 200 kilograms of marijuana in Columbia County.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Acting Inspector in Charge Delany De Leon-Colon, United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Boston Division.

In pleading guilty on December 20, 2017, McNeil admitted that he used the United States Postal Service to send at least 200 kilograms (or 440 pounds) of California-grown marijuana to a co-conspirator located in Columbia County, New York. McNeil was arrested on May 2, 2017 in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, while attempting to collect payment from a co-conspirator.

Senior United States District Judge Norman A. Mordue also imposed a 4-year term of supervised release, to begin after McNeil is released from prison.

This case was investigated by the USPIS and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

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