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News Release
May 1, 2003

Two Men Charged After 1,500 Pounds of Marijuana Seized

MAY 1--Boston, MA….Two men were charged yesterday by a federal grand jury with conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana.

Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England; Robin Avers, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in New England, and United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan announced that John G. PIZZARELLA, age 39, of 6 Applewood Lane, Saugus, Massachusetts, and Jack Walsh CALVIN, age 69, of 9003 Rowan Lane, Houston, Texas were charged in an indictment with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute, marijuana and one count of possession, with intent to distribute, marijuana. PIZZARELLA was also charged in a third count with possession, with intent to distribute marijuana.

According to the indictment and documents previously filed with the Court, in January 2003, a cooperating witness for the DEA agreed to transport for CALVIN a load of marijuana from Louisville, Kentucky, to PIZZARELLA in Massachusetts. It is alleged that the witness met up with CALVIN on April 3 and 4, 2003, in Louisville, Kentucky at which time CALVIN unloaded almost 1,300 pounds of marijuana from his truck to the witness's vehicle. It is alleged that the witness then drove the marijuana to Massachusetts, where he met up with PIZZARELLA. It is alleged that PIZZARELLA directed the driver to follow him to an auto garage in Malden, Massachusetts, where both PIZZARELLA and the witness proceeded to unload the marijuana. In addition to the marijuana supplied by CALVIN, agents discovered almost 300 pounds of marijuana also stored in the garage.

PIZZARELLA was arrested on April 6, 2003 in Malden, Massachusetts and was later released from federal custody on a $75,000 bond. CALVIN was also arrested on April 6, 2003, in Virginia on unrelated state drug charges. He is presently still in the custody of the Commonwealth of Virginia. If convicted on these charges, PIZZARELLA and CALVIN face up to 40 years imprisonment, with a minimum mandatory term of 5 years, to be followed by 4 years of supervised release, and a $2 million fine.

The case was investigated by members of the New England, Houston, Texas, Richmond, Virginia and Louisville, Kentucky, offices of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and agents of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Press Contact: Anthony J. Pettigrew, (617)557-2138

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