Durham man sentenced to 57 months for marijuana distribution charge

December 13th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

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Durham man sentenced to 57 months for marijuana distribution charge

By Ann S. Kim akim@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Durham man to 57 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana, saying that the defendant was motivated by greed and his belief that he was smarter than the system.

Seth Leaf Pruzansky, 36, was found with two duffel bags containing 64 pounds of marijuana when he was arrested by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents in September 2010, according to court documents.

He pleaded guilty in June to the charge of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

In addition to the prison time, federal authorities confiscated $147,400, a 2005 BMW, a 2005 Ford pickup truck and a home under construction in Oxford County reportedly worth $500,000.

Pruzansky, the co-founder of an organic snack food company called Living Nutz, could have faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and as many as 30 years in prison for the conviction but the minimum did not apply because Pruzansky met key criteria, including not using violence during the crime and meeting with the government about the offense.

Pruzansky told the court he was ashamed of himself and had no one else to blame.

“It is entirely of my own doing,” he said.

During the hearing

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