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Man transports drugs through county

A California man has been sentenced to 46 months for transporting marijuana through Jefferson County, United States Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway announced today.  In a separate un-related case, Phillip Carrier pled guilty to firearms charges.

In June 2008, Marco Tiscareno was stopped on a traffic violation while driving a rental truck through Jefferson County. A subsequent search of the truck disclosed that there was a false compartment behind the front wall of the rear cargo area. Within this false compartment were approximately 72 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 472.05 kilograms. Tiscareno was arrested and admitted that he was being paid to transport the marijuana from the State of Texas to a location in northern Indiana for $4,000.

Tiscareno, 44, Chula Vista, Calif., previously pled guilty to one felony count of possession with intent to distribute in excess of 100 kilograms of marijuana. He appeared for sentencing before United States District Judge Donald J. Stohr.

Carrier, 40, Dittmer, pled guilty to one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  He appeared before United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry.

Carrier now faces a penalty range of 15 years to life in prison due to his previous criminal record, when he is sentenced on April 15, 2009.

Hanaway commended the work on the case by the Festus Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Jefferson County Multiple Enforcement Group; and Assistant United States Attorneys Ed Rogers and Ray Meyer, who handled the cases for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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