Marion Co. Sheriff's Dept. receives over $750K forfeited in East TN drug case
The Marion County Sheriff's Department receives a check in the amount over $750,000 for funds forfeited in a marijuana trafficking case.
Tuesday, December 9th 2014, 2:38 PM EST by
Tuesday, December 9th 2014, 2:45 PM EST
The Marion County Sheriff's Department will receive a check in the amount of $751,515.71, which represents the majority of funds forfeited in a marijuana trafficking case prosecuted in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga.
Jackie Morrison, 66, Ollie Frizzell, 53, Sammy Nance, 51, all of Whitwell, Tenn., along with Julio Barbosa, Sr., 60, of Laredo, Texas, were charged and convicted of offenses related ta case of distribution and transportation of marijuana that was operated from 2004 to 2011.
The operation was responsible for transportation of over 1, 000 pounds of marijuana from Texas to East Tennessee, where it was distributed.
Morrison was arrested as he was returning from Laredo, Texas to Jasper, TN., in November 2011 with 66 pounds of marijuana in his pickup truck.
Searches of the truck and residences for Morrison and his coconspirators resulted in the seizure of approximately 86 pounds of marijuana, guns, explosives, drug ledgers, cash, vehicles, and bank accounts.
Morrison was found guilty of a conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and 28 counts of structuring money to evade currency reporting requirements.
He was sentenced to serve 72 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release. The jury also found that $779,033.23, was forfeitable as money involved in the structuring offenses, and $820.00 and a 2003 Ford F-250 pickup truck were forfeitable as property involved in drug trafficking offenses.
Nance pleaded guilty to three counts of distribution of marijuana. He was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release.
Frizzell pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. She was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release.
Barbosa pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and money laundering. He was sentenced to serve 48 months in prison, followed by eight years of supervised release.
Of the total $961,413.93 ordered by the court to be forfeited, $939,553.93 was cash and $21,860.00, was the value of vehicles and an ATV.
“To ensure that crime doesn't pay, federal law allows the forfeiture of property used to facilitate crimes and assets obtained through their illegal activity," said U.S. Attorney William C. Killian.