Two Sentenced for ANF Pot-Growing Operation

Two men have been sentenced for growing marijuana on the Allegheny National Forest.

59-year-old William Kamholz of Frewsburg was sentenced in federal court to time served, and was fined $2,000. 62-year-old James Leach of Randolph was sentenced to one day in jail and nine months of home detention. He was fined $3,000.

The McKean County Drug Task Force arrested Kamholtz in September of 2012 after stopping his vehicle and finding duffel bags containing marijuana he had harvested from the forest. In October of 2012, Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies and the US Forest Service searched Leach’s home and found a drying room with about 23 pounds of marijuana in it.

According to information presented to the court, Kamholtz and Leach conspired to manufacture and possessed with intent to distribute marijuana plants.

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