Drug trafficker sentenced to 25 years in prison for large-scale distribution conspiracy that made him almost US$1M

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A Missouri man who personally made almost US$1 million ($1.2 million) while leading a criminal enterprise that literally distributed over a ton of cocaine and cannabis has been ordered to spend the next two decades in prison. On 4/20, U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips sentenced Howard Christopher Walters, to 25 years in prison without parole for his leading role in a multi-million-dollar conspiracy to distribute over 2,000 kilograms of cocaine. But Walters, 43, did not only lead the conspiracy. Law enforcement officials believe he directly distributed about 25 kg of cocaine and more than 1,421 kg of marijuana during his involvement in the conspiracy, notes a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office , Western District of Missouri. Two fraudsters convicted after duping U.S. financial institutions into processing US$150 million in cannabis purchases Former plumbing company employee handed 12-year sentence for weed, fraud and money laundering convictions Two smugglers receive matching 11-year sentences in separate cannabis cases Beyond the 25-year sentence, Walters must forfeit the entire profit to the government — US$976,862 ($1.2 million) — he made from the sale of illegal drugs in the metropolitan area of Kansas City, Mo. over the course of the five-year illegal venture. Walters admitted to using illicit drug proceeds to buy several vehicles, including a Cadillac Escalade, a Porsche Panamera and a Mercedes Benz GLS550 SUV. His spouse, Nina Walters, deposited more cash in her bank accounts than both she and her husband reported to the Internal Revenue Service as their income and knew the money came from her husband’s illicit activity. The trafficking conspiracy rolled out despite “this heavily armed drug dealer was still on court supervised release for a prior federal drug-trafficking conviction,” acting U.S. attorney Teresa Moore says in the statement. “A long prison sentence will help protect our community…

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