Monday, April 13, 2015

Wichita Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Trafficking More than 12,000 Pounds of Marijuana

U.S. Department of Justice

WICHITA, KAN. - A Wichita man was sentenced Monday to 12 years in federal prison for trafficking more than 12,000 pounds of marijuana over a period of two years, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Jeremy Harris, 33, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. In his plea, he admitted obtained and distributed the marijuana in Kansas during a period from 2011 to 2013.

The plea agreement states:

On Aug. 2, 2013, Harris received a bulk marijuana shipment near Augusta, Kan. Investigators seized 35 steel containers that contained a total of more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana.

One of Harris’ co-conspirators admitted driving a vehicle from El Paso, Texas, to Wichita more than 15 times, each time transporting more than 150 pounds of marijuana.

Other conspirators were responsible from transporting marijuana from Texas to Kansas, and for transporting bulk cash to Texas and Mexico for payment.

Harris paid for marijuana with bulk cash or by making wire transfers as directed. On one occasion, he asked another conspirator to deliver $70,000 in cash to Mexico to pay for marijuana.

On another occasion, he asked another conspirator to deposit cash into the account of a third party to transfer drug proceeds. On another occasion, three conspirators transported $170,000 to El Paso to pay for marijuana.

Co-defendants included:
  • Jason Giesy, who was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison.
  • Evan Woolsey, who was sentenced to 72 months.
Grissom commended the Wichita Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs for their work on the case.