Five Years In Prison For Delaware County Drug Smuggler

CBS Philly

By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Delaware County man will spend the next five years in prison for running a drug smuggling operation that made millions from moving marijuana across the Philadelphia area.

Homeland Security assistant special agent in charge Brian Michael says a large amount of marijuana was found on Ronald Belciano’s 190-acre property in Northern California.

“We seized hundreds of pounds of high-grade marijuana that they had buried under the ground using a commercial backhoe.”

And then in Pennsylvania at Belciano’s home in Villanova, “We seized another $2.5 million in cash,” Michael says.

All told, Homeland Security Investigation Philadelphia seized more than $5 million in cash and property, “As well as artwork by Salvador Dali and others,” says Michael.

The 42-year-old Belciano, now of Newtown Square, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges involving laundering money and trafficking pot over four years — until the feds, with the help of…

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