Easton man sentenced in Monroe County-based drug trafficking operation

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    Easton man sentenced in Monroe County-based drug trafficking operation

    An Easton man on Thursday was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for his participation in a large marijuana growing and drug trafficking operation in Monroe County .

    Ronald Brinker, 54, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute more than 100 marijuana plants, more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, a hallucinogenic and methamphetamine.

    Brinker also forfeited his interest in more than a half a million dollars in cash and property.

    Brinker and four others, including his brother Barry and his wife Linda Brinker of Saylorsburg, were indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2008 after an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Barry Brinker was alleged to be the head of the drug operation.

    The illegal activities spanned from 2005 and late 2008.

    Ronald Brinker pleaded guilty in March. Barry and Linda Brinker entered guilty pleas and were sentenced to federal prison. A fourth defendant, Karl Truszkowski, is awaiting trial.

    The judge in the case, James Munley, ordered Ronald Brinker to serve three years on supervised release following his incarceration and to pay a $1,000 fine and $100 special assessment.

    Brinker was ordered to forfeit his interests in four residences, three vehicles, over $270,000 in cash, silver, gold and firearms seized during the investigation.

    October 16 2009

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