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West Seneca man gets federal prison term in cross-country marijuana case

Benjamin Golembiewski, 28, of West Seneca, was ordered Thursday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to serve a 37-month federal prison term for his role in a lucrative cross-country marijuana trafficking ring.

Golembiewski who had $224,123 in U.S. currency in his then-Buffalo flat when U.S. Drug Enforcement Agents raided it on Sept. 26, 2014. pleaded guilty Aug. 17 to money laundering conspiracy in the marijuana case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel said that during the investigation of the ring agents confirmed that on Aug. 22, 2014 Golembiewski was tracked as he shipped a package containing $77,000 in U.S. currency from Buffalo area marijuana sales to his cohort, James Parish in Carlsbad, California. Parish and Justin Stevens, both 31, the two other suspects in the ring pleaded guilty in August and September and are awaiting sentencing.