Nine Milwaukee residents have been charged with using the U.S. mail to ship at least 100 kilograms – 220 pounds – of marijuana from Houston to Milwaukee, a federal official announced Friday. Three lead defendants are facing up to 44 years in jail and more than $5 million in fines. Police arrested seven of the nine defendants Tuesday and Wednesday. One was already under arrest for violation of parole. One man, 32-year-old Thompson Cunningham, is still on the loose, according to a news release Friday from Assistant U.S. District Attorney Bridget J. Domaszek.
Besides Cunningham, the defendants in the case are:
Steve Buckner, 33; Jarrell Henry, 29; Britany Jackson, 20; Aubrey Jordan, 26; Kenneth Lyons, 48; Eric Murray, 37; Mausette Williams, 29; and Schivon Young, 26.
Murray, according to the complaint, resides in Milwaukee and Houston. Murray, Henry and Cunningham are charged with drug conspiracy and face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, up to $5 million in fines and between four years and lifetime of supervised release if they are convicted. All nine are charged with using the U.S. mail to facilitate marijuana distribution and face up to four years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to one year of supervised release.
Buckner is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charges come after a long investigation by the Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The drug task force consists of local, state and federal law enforcement officers. The investigation is part of an ongoing, long-term effort against people who use the mail to ship controlled substances.
The investigation started in 2010 after police investigated a series of suspicious parcels shipped from the Houston area to locations across Milwaukee.”The defendants then are alleged to have distributed the marijuana in and around Milwaukee,” the release said.
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