A Wichita man who authorities say trafficked more than 12,000 pounds of marijuana over two years was sentenced Monday to 12 years in federal prison, according to a news release.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in the release that Jeremy Harris, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. In his plea, Harris said that between 2011 and 2013 he obtained and distributed the marijuana.
According to the plea agreement:
▪ On Aug. 2, 2013, Harris received a marijuana shipment of more than 1,000 pounds near Augusta. One of Harris’ co-conspirators admitted driving from El Paso to Wichita more than 15 times, each time transporting more than 150 pounds of marijuana.
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▪ Other conspirators transported marijuana from Texas to Kansas, and then transported cash to Texas and Mexico for payment.
The release said Harris paid for marijuana with cash or by making wire transfers. Once, he asked another conspirator to deliver $70,000 in cash to Mexico to pay for marijuana. Another time, the release said, three conspirators transported $170,000 to El Paso to pay for marijuana.
Grissom said co-defendants included in the case included Jason Giesy, who was sentenced to 87 months in prison, and Evan Woolsey, who was sentenced to 72 months.
The Wichita Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration worked on the case, as did assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs, the release said.