A Sarasota man and another man have been indicted on charges they conspired to sell marijuana in Sarasota, Hillsborough and Polk Counties, according to a federal indictment unsealed this week.
Michael Allen Babiarz, 42, of Sarasota, and Aaron Edwin Remaley, 39, of Riverview, have each been charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.
The operation was running from at least August 2012 to April 2014, and may have involved other people, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office in Tampa.
If convicted, Babiarz and Remaley face up to 40 years in prison.
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The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Polk County Sheriff's Office.