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New York Man Sentenced To 24 Years For Smuggling 800 Pounds Of Marijuana

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Lavon Williams, a 38-year-old New York man convicted of smuggling about 880 pounds of marijuana on commercial flights from San Francisco to North Carolina, has been sentenced to 24 years in federal prison.

According to prosecutors, Williams made at least 11 round trips between San Francisco and Charlotte from October 2014 to February 2015. During that time, he smuggled approximately 880 pounds of marijuana across the country.

San Fransisco police arrested Williams after finding him with $40,000 at the San Fransisco airport. Williams was charged conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Via Charlotte Observer:

Lavon Williams, 38, of Jamaica, N.Y., flew at least 11 times between the cities with about 40 pounds of marijuana each trip, prosecutors said.

The flights were from October 2014 to February 2015, when co-conspirator Thajuan Brown was arrested at Charlotte Douglas International Airport with 46 pounds of marijuana, according to court records. Six days later, police arrested Williams after finding him with $40,000 in drug proceeds at San Francisco’s airport.

Williams was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

According to court records, a co-conspirator named Thajuan Brown was arrested in February 2015 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport with 46 pounds of marijuana. Authorities say they’re still looking for two others wanted in connection with the smuggling ring: Pierre Buissereth, 35, of New York and Toccara Quantavia King, 35, of Virginia.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Homeland Security investigations office at 704-679-6140.

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