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August 22, 2012

Drug kingpin gets 7-30 years

MIDDLEBURG — Michael C. Angstadt, the kingpin of a drug ring that moved marijuana by mail with conspirators waiting to pick up packages before residents came home, told his attorney he wants to “live a law-abiding life” now that he’s facing a minimum of 7 years behind bars following Tuesday’s sentencing in Snyder County Court.

Angstadt, 40, of Northumberland, was identified as the leader of a $450,000 marijuana ring in Snyder and Northumberland counties following a more than yearlong probe by state and local investigators.

The investigation, referred to as “Operation Dead Drop,” determined that Angstadt and seven cohorts sold at least 300 pounds of marijuana in three years.

A statewide grand jury found that Angstadt had packages of marijuana delivered from Texas and California to his associates in the drug ring as well as “dead drop addresses,” or the homes of unsuspecting residents in Northumberland and Snyder counties, which were intercepted.

The drug ring was busted when a concerned resident informed authorities about unusual activity.

Angstadt pleaded guilty to four counts of felony possession with the intent to deliver contraband in June just before a scheduled trial in Snyder County.

In exchange for the plea, eight other felony drug-related charges were dismissed.

Speaking on Angstadt’s behalf at the sentencing hearing, defense attorney Mark Lemon said his client wants to turn his life around.

“He told me he’s tired of the lifestyle and wants to live a law-abiding life. He said, ‘I’m too old to keep doing this. I need to learn a trade and an honest living’,” Lemon said.

President Judge Michael H. Sholley handed down a 7-year to 30-year sentence, minus the 228 days already served, after Angstadt addressed the court and offered an apology.

“I look forward to my life,” Angstadt said.

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