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Moon brothers sentenced in pot ring

A federal judge in Illinois sentenced two brothers from Moon for leading a Pittsburgh-based drug ring that brought about 2,400 kilograms of marijuana from Mexico. The ring included at least 11 other people, including eight from Western Pennsylvania.

Noah Adam Landfried, 26, was sentenced Friday to life in prison and Ross Eugene Landfried III, 28, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, authorities said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Michael M. Mihm ordered them to forfeit $1 million.

Attorneys for Landfrieds couldn’t be reached for comment.

The Landfrieds set up a ring that hired couriers to transport 200-pound loads of marijuana from Mexico to Pittsburgh along the Interstate 80 corridor between 2002 and 2009, prosecutors say. The organization bought or leased homes along the interstate to help in moving the marijuana, prosecutors say.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested the Landfrieds in the Pittsburgh area in April 2009.

All of the conspirators charged in the case and a related case were convicted, and most were sentenced. They include Philip Stephen Preda, 38, of Aliquippa; Victor James Gaydos, 31, of Aliquippa; Dwayne William Corrigan, 26, of Ambridge; Joshua Wayne Welling, 29, of Ambridge; Ronald J. Marusack, Jr., 25, of Pittsburgh; Richard J. Bedalota Jr., 30, of Aliquippa; Daniel William Keitel, 26, of Bellevue; and Frank J. Berardelli, 52, of Rochester.

The other conspirators were James Edward White II, 36, of Rogers, Ohio; Adam Mitchell Ruppel, 38, of Glendale, Ariz.; and Justin R. Seibert, 27, of Liverpool, Ohio.

The federal investigation into the drug ring started in April 2007, when an Illinois state trooper caught two of the men with 217 pounds of marijuana. According to the affidavit filed in the case, an informant told agents the Landfrieds bought the marijuana from a supplier in Mexico for $600 a pound and sold it for as much as $2,000 a pound.


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