Federal judge sentences man to 4 years in $3M Calif.-to-Ohio suitcase pot scheme

A man has been sentenced in a federal court in Ohio to four years in prison and must pay a $10,000 fine for his role in a scheme to fly thousands of pounds of marijuana from California to Ohio in suitcases.

Six people have either pleaded guilty or indicated they’ll plead guilty since authorities broke up the $3 million operation last year. A federal judge planned Friday to sentence two people convicted for their roles in a scheme to fly thousands of pounds of marijuana from California to Ohio in suitcases. Cash, 33, pleaded guilty in February to one count of conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Thirty-three-year-old Christopher Cash was sentenced Friday. Cash was from Los Angeles at the time of his arrest and later living in Louisville, Ky. He pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana.

Awaiting a July 29 sentencing is 44-year-old Frank Edwards of Hacienda, Calif. He previously pleaded guilty to drug charges.

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