Last year, 80-year-old Marshall Dion pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deal marijuana, possession with intent to deal marijuana, and money laundering. The charges stem from a traffic stop in Junction City, KS, in 2013. Dion learned his fate yesterday, in Boston, when a federal judge sentenced him to 10 years in prison for running a vast weed operation.
Dion was pulled over in 2013 for driving 80 mph in a 75 mph zone in a beat up pickup truck. When police searched the truck, they found $850,000 in cash. We reported:
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.
The feds believe that Dion has distributed anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 pounds of bud since 1992, but he’s been at it for longer than that:
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.
A plea deal for Dion that would have led to a five to seven year prison sentence was rejected. He and his lawyer had plans to appeal the conviction on the grounds that the police’s car search was unconstitutional.