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Group sentenced for trafficking pot

Two Michigan men have been convicted of drug charges after being implicated in a massive marijuana growing and shipping operation. The men were accused of trafficking the drug from California to western Michigan. The operation brought in more than $5 million, according to authorities.

Both men were sentenced on Oct. 10, with one receiving a seven year, three month sentence and the other being sent to federal prison for four years. The pair will also be required to serve several years of supervised release after they complete their prison terms. Two other men involved in the alleged scheme had been previously sentenced, with the brother of one of the men receiving a 46-month sentence. Those brothers' father was also sentenced to a 30-month term. All of the defendants were accused of bringing the drug into the state through a sophisticated system using private vehicles and commercial haulers.

The man who received the longest sentence was said to be the ringleader of the group, according to investigators and other defendants. That man coordinated the entire operation, from the growing of the plants to the filling and shipping of those orders. He also handled the financial aspect of the operation. The marijuana was reportedly grown in a remote part of California, with workers using cabins and greenhouses.

In total, 19 defendants have faced drug charges after recent arrests in Michigan in connection with marijuana trafficking. Many of those people are California residents.

It is important to remember that the men in this case will not be eligible for early release because they have been sentenced to time in a federal facility. They must serve at least 85 percent of their sentences before they are released from the prison. Defendants who are facing criminal charges in Michigan can benefit from enlisting the help of a qualified criminal defense attorney. These professionals can help defendants understand their rights and responsibilities in the courtroom during all legal proceedings, from arraignment through sentencing and beyond.

Source: www.mlive.com, "Two sentenced in scheme to bring $5.5 million of marijuana from California to West Michigan" John Agar, Oct. 11, 2013

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