Man Faces Life Sentence After Federal Cannabis Conviction

Man Faces Life Sentence After Federal Cannabis Conviction
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A Maryland man could spend the rest of his life behind bars following a federal cannabis conviction in a Baltimore court for conspiracy to distribute more than a ton of marijuana. Jonathan Wall was convicted on May 6 after a jury deliberated for only two hours to decide his fate. “This is not a case about marijuana possession,” Assistant US Attorney Anatoly Smolkin said during closing arguments for the five-day national marijuana trial. “This is a case about a drug conspiracy to distribute massive amounts of marijuana around the country.” Wall was convicted of leading a criminal conspiracy to smuggle marijuana from California, where recreational cannabis is legal under state law, to his home state of Maryland. Under federal sentencing laws, he faces a minimum of ten years to life in prison. 11 Indicted in Marijuana Trafficking Case Federal prosecutors relied on testimony from informants to convict Wall, who was indicted along with ten co-defendants for conspiracy to distribute marijuana. In the national marijuana trial court documents, prosecutors alleged that Wall knew the plan was against the law and that he earned hundreds of thousands of dollars from the operation that ran from 2016 to 2019. The prosecution alleged that Wall oversaw efforts to transport hundreds of pounds of cannabis at a time across the country to Maryland from Humboldt County, CA, where he moved to enter the cannabis industry at the age of 20. After he was indicted by federal prosecutors for conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana in 2019, Wall fled to Guatemala. He said that the move was temporary as he bided his time, hoping that cannabis would be federally legalized in the US. In 2020, the same year that four states legalized cannabis for use by adults, Wall returned and surrendered himself to…

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