Marshall Herbert Dion, 80, has led a career in cannabis trafficking that is fitting of a movie. The authorities suspect that he has moved anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 pounds of weed since 1992, but his dealings in trees started years before. In 1985, police found Dion crawling through a muddy field as cash floated in the air, in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. He had broken his ankles after crashing a single-engine plane with $112,000 stashed in it. After his latest arrest, Dion is facing five to seven years in federal prison after reaching a plea deal with the court. He pleaded guilty, yesterday.
Dion got knocked in 2013 while driving his beat-up pickup truck in Junction City, KS, after police pulled him over for going 80 m.p.h. in a 75 m.p.h zone. When the truck was searched, the cops found around $850,000 in cash, stashed. A federal investigation was launched soon after. The feds found $2 million in a bank account. A search of a building in Arizona led to the discovery of another $880,000. The authorities hit the jackpot during another search of a storage facility in North Reading, MA, where a whopping $11 million was uncovered, along with 395 pounds of weed.
Dion is scheduled to be sentenced in February 11. His plea deal could result in a sentence ranging anywhere from “60 to 87 months for conspiracy to deal marijuana, possession with intent to deal marijuana, and money laundering,” according to the Boston Globe. However, the elderly weed man and his lawyer are appealing the conviction. They are accusing the authorities of conducting an unconstitutional car search during the 2013 traffic stop in Kansas.