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6 charged federally, 1 sought in big marijuana distribution case

Six Madison residents have been charged in federal court with conspiring to distribute marijuana to the Madison area, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday.

Enis Gashi, 21, Haris Riza, 22, Kevin Ha, 23, Joseph Ramsey, 20, Yotam Israeli, 22, Parvis Samazada, 22, and a seventh unidentified fugitive are alleged to have arranged for the purchase, transportation and distribution of as many as 19 loads of marijuana between September 2012 and this February, according to the U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil's office.

The loads are alleged to have ranged between five and 50 pounds and were from the west coast, Vaudreuil's office said.

The indictment alleges that Gashi was responsible for more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison.

The other defendants face a maximum penalty of 20 years.

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