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Man found guilty in marijuana ring

An Ohio man accused of conspiring with others to distribute more than 11,000 pounds of marijuana was convicted in federal court.

Barry Adkins, 49, of South Point, Ohio, was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana Thursday by a jury in Huntington, according to a statement issued by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office.

Prosecutors presented evidence at trial showing that in fall 2007 Adkins joined a marijuana ring operating in Zanesville and Ironton, Ohio and in Huntington.

Members of the conspiracy ring testified that they received 11,000 pounds of marijuana from a Mexican source and sent $10 million in profit back to Mexico between 2007 and 2009, according to the release.  

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Metro Drug Unit, Huntington Police Department, Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency and the Drug Enforcement Agency investigated the case.

Adkins faces 10 years to life in prison and a $2 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 29.


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