Gray man gets nearly 6 years for smuggling pot to Maine in RV

Posted Dec. 17, 2013, at 3:35 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 17, 2013, at 8:05 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Gray man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to nearly six years in prison for his role in a drug smuggling operation that brought hundreds of pounds of marijuana from Arizona to Maine in a recreational vehicle.

James A. Sweeney, 28, pleaded guilty in April to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms of more of marijuana between April 1 and June 30, 2011.

One hundred kilograms is approximately 220 pounds.

U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced Sweeney to five years and 10 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release.

Sweeney had been held without bail since entering his guilty plea. Before that he was free on $10,000 unsecured bail after his arrest in June 2012 in Texas.

His co-conspirators, Gerald T. Rich Jr., 49, of Frankfort and Mark Wolosko, 49, of Kennebunkport, were sentenced earlier this year after pleading guilty to the same crime.

Rich is serving a six-year sentence at Schuylkill Federal Correctional Institute in Minersville, Pa. He is due to be released in February 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons’ Prisoner Locator website.

Wolosko is due to be released in March after serving an 18-month sentence. He is incarcerated at the Devens Federal Prison in Ayers, Mass., according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons’ Prisoner Locator website.

Rich and Wolosko were arrested and then released in the summer of 2011 after they received 475 pounds of marijuana that was taken from Phoenix to Maine in a 31-foot 2004 Coachmen Freedom. Rich and Sweeney bought the RV, according to court documents.

Rich and Sweeney ran the operation and Wolosko played a lesser role in the conspiracy, according to court documents.

Sweeney faced a minimum of five years and up to 40 years in federal prison due to the amount of marijuana smuggled into Maine. He also faced a fine of up to $2 million.

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