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Drug trafficker from California sentenced to 10 years in prison

A Carlsbad, Calif., man convicted of conspiracy to distribute at least 100 kilograms of marijuana and money laundering was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

James Parish, 31, was arrested Sept. 30, 2014, after having traveled from California to Buffalo to collect about $600,000 for 30 pounds of marijuana he attempted to have shipped from Carlsbad. The two boxes containing the marijuana had been seized two weeks earlier by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, who took him into custody at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel, who handled the case, said an investigation determined that between January and September 2014, Parish had sent packages of marijuana from the Carlsbad to Western New York, and that more than $800,000 was returned to Parish in California.

A co-conspirator in the case, Benjamin Golembiewski of Buffalo, was sentenced to three years and one month in prison. On Sept. 26, 2014, DEA agents executed a search warrant at Golembiewski’s residence and seized $224,123 in cash.