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South Tahoe man faces Vermont drug charges

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From page A1 | February 22, 2011 |

By Adam Jensen

A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested on suspicion of marijuana trafficking last week after members of the Vermont Drug Task Force allegedly found him and another man in a home with 112 pounds of marijuana, $154,820 in cash and 600 Oxycodone pills.

Task force members arrested Ryan Coleman, 30, about 12:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at 47 High Street in Williamstown, Vt., said Vermont State Police spokeswoman Stephanie Dasaro in a statement.

Mark Volpe, 30, of Williamstown, also was arrested at the residence on suspicion of marijuana trafficking, possession of marijuana and possession of a narcotic drug, Dasaro said.

The arrests were a result of a Feb. 10 traffic stop by Illinois State Police where a subject was found to be in possession of 62 pounds of marijuana on Interstate 80 and became a “cooperating individual” in the case, Dasaro said.

On Feb. 11 the individual and Illinois State Police arrived in Vermont with the marijuana. Members of the Vermont State Police obtained a search warrant for the High Street residence, Dasaro said. During the search the police found the drugs, money and “numerous guns” in the residence, Dasaro said.

Both men pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington during an arraignment Feb. 14, according to an article in the Burlington Free Press.

If convicted Volpe faces up 50 years in prison and Coleman faces up to 30 years, according to an article.

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