Published on October 19th, 2015 | by News Feed
80-Year-Old Man Takes Plea Bargain After He’s Arrested for Selling 22K Pounds of Weed
Apparently marijuana is not just a product for the young but also the young at heart. Marshal Herbert Dion, 80, was arrested in June of 2013 and has just agreed to a plea bargain offered by prosecutors. The 80-year-old man owned homes in Arizona, Massachusetts, and Colorado. In addition to his homes he also had millions of dollars in cash stashed all over the country. However the craziest aspect of this story has to be the plane crash that occurred in Wisconsin where Dion crawled away and denied owning the $112,000 in cash that was found on the scene.
The elderly man has finally accepted a plea bargain after realizing that the feds were planning to incarcerate him for over 10 years. On Thursday he pled guilty to money laundering as well as running a marijuana dealing operation. Prosecutors claim that Dion could have moved as much as 10,000kg of marijuana in his career. That is over 22,000 pounds of marijuana! However his career in the ganja industry has come to an abrupt end thanks to a routine traffic stop.
Because authorities wanted to sentence Dion to over 10 years behind bars, Dion accepted a plea that could see him serve 5-7 years in prison. “Over the course of the conspiracy . . . he had sold approximately 3,000 to 10,000 kilograms of marijuana,” Assistant US Attorney Leah Foley said during a brief court hearing.
Dion’s lawyer, Hank Brennan, said later that “Mr. Dion has embraced his responsibility and is looking forward to the next chapter in his life.”
Dion’s marijuana business was cut short, unfortunately, thanks to a traffic stop in Junction City, Kansas. He was pulled over for speeding, driving 80 mph in a 75 mph zone. The officer on the case claims he was given permission to search Dion’s truck. The search turned up $850,000 in cash. The cash tipped the officer off ad a federal investigation ensued.
The federal investigation led authorities to find over 2 million in a bank account, 11 million in cash in a storage locker, 400 pounds of marijuana in the same locker, and further cash in all of his properties around the country.
Dion, however, is not being slowed in his attempt to appeal the original arrest. He claims the search of his truck was illegal and that he never consented to the search. If this is the case, and the judge agrees, the case would be thrown out and Dion will be allowed to walk.
“There’s no way the officer could have known if I was speeding, even if I was, which I wasn’t,” Dion said. Then he added, “There’s no way I would have agreed to a search of my property.”
Do you think this man should have to spend the remainder of his life behind bars?