Posted Online: July 30, 2010, 6:20 pm

Marijuana distributors sentenced

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By Anthony Watt,

Three more of the 12 men accused of running a marijuana distribution ring in the Quad-Cities area were sentenced Friday, one of them to life in federal prison.

Noah Adam Landfried was sentenced to life without parole by federal Judge Michael M. Mihm, according to court documents files in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Iowa. He pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Ross Eugene Landfried III was sentenced to 240 months in prison, while Phillip Stephen Preda was sentenced to 42 months, the records state. They have also pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge.

They and the others were accused in April, 2009 of trafficking in at least 1,000 kilograms of marijuana from 2002 to 2009 in Henry County, records state.

The other men were identified as Ronald J. Maruscak, Jr., Richard J. Bedalota, Jr., Frank Berardelli, Victor James Gaydos, Dwayne William Corrigan, Daniel William Keitel, Joshua Wayne Welling, James Edward White II and Justin R. Seibert.

All of the other men but Mr. Seibert were charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana, the records state. They have also pleaded guilty to that charge as part of deals, the records state.

Mr. Seibert was accused of interstate travel in aid of a controlled substance offense.

Of them, Mr. Maruscak, Mr. Gaydos, Mr. Keitel and Mr. Seibert have also been sentenced.

Mr. Gaydos has been sentenced to 57 months in prison, Mr. Keitel and Mr. Maruscak to 10 years each, and Mr. Seibert to 41 months on the travel charge.