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Panhandle residents named in drug indictment

April 03, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. —  Four Eastern Panhandle men and a Florida man have been charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Charged in the indictment handed up by a grand jury in Martinsburg were Nicholas Avery, aka “Beaster,” Arthur, 29, of Largo, Fla.; Dylan Ross Banker, 27, of Shepherdstown, W.Va.; Jonathan Thomas Carnill, 27, of Martinsburg; Gregory Scot Burlett, 39, of Ranson, W.Va.; and Jonah Blackwell Tremba, 34, of Charles Town, W.Va., according to a news release from Peter J. Smith, U.S. attorney from the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

In addition to the conspiracy, Arthur, Banker and Carnill are charged with distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, and Burlett and Tremba are charged with distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute an unspecified quantity of marijuana.

From April 2010 through February, the defendants operated a marijuana-trafficking organization in Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio and West Virginia, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors allege that Burlett and Tremba were responsible for dealing an unspecified amount of marijuana, and Arthur, Banker and Carnill were responsible for dealing more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, according to the news release.

If convicted, Burlett and Tremba face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million, the release said.

Arthur, Banker and Carnill face a possible mandatory minimum of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years’ imprisonment and a $5 million fine, the release said.

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