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WV MetroNews 2 Huntington men sentenced for marijuana distribution scheme

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Two Huntington men have been sentenced for their roles in a scheme to mail marijuana from California to Huntington.

James Waylon Molinaro, 44, and Chris Crookshanks, 43, previously admitted to conspiring to distribute marijuana as part of a scheme between 2013 and March 2018. Molinaro paid multiple postal employees once packages arrived in Huntington, including Crookshanks.

Molinaro admitted to the shipment and distribution of at least 100 kilograms of marijuana, and Crookshanks admitted he delivered at least 40 kilograms during the scheme.

Molinaro was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison; he previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and prohibited possession of a firearm by a felon from an unrelated investigation.

Crookshanks was sentenced to three years of supervised release and must spend 12 weeks in jail. He previously entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

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