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Former Oroville postal worker sentenced for drug trafficking

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HARRISBURG, Penn. - Ramona Long, 57, a former U.S. Postal Service employee in Northern California, was sentenced on September 28 to 72 months imprisonment for her roll in distributing drugs.

According to court officials, Long entered a guilty plea to conspiring to manufacture and distribute 100 kilograms of marijuana and conspiracy to launder drug proceeds between Northern California, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Long and her co-defendants, including her son Tyler Long, 33, son-in-law Christopher Mark Heath, 39, and Ryan Jay Falsone, 28, participated in a conspiracy that began in approximately September of 2014, and continued through January 7, 2016.

During this time, Heath was a deputy sheriff in Yuba County, California, assigned as a narcotics investigator. Long and her co-defendants grew marijuana on Long's 20-acre property in Oroville, CA, and shipped it through the United States Postal Service to several locations.

In December 2015, Ramona Long assisted her co-conspirators with packaging marijuana they had grown and packed it to sell on the East Coast.

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