(STL.News) – On November 14, 2019, United States Chief District Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Oliver Sonny Maupin, 62, of Las Vegas, Nevada, to 60 months in prison on the charge of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute at least 100 kilograms of a mixture and substance containing marijuana and at least 100 marijuana plants, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Maupin was also ordered to serve 4 years of supervised release following his imprisonment, pay $100 to the Crime Victims’ Fund, and pay a fine of $10,000.
Maupin was instrumental in creating two separate marijuana grow operations in Oregon that contributed large quantities of marijuana to Iowa for illegal distribution. Maupin educated himself thoroughly on the Oregon medical marijuana laws during the process, and learned how to exploit them in such a fashion so that his illegal operations could avoid detection by local law enforcement. The evidence introduced at trial demonstrated that this conspiracy lasted for years, involved well over a hundred pounds of marijuana, and several hundred thousand dollars. On June 28, 2019, Maupin was found guilty by a jury of the sole count pending against him, conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana.
This matter was investigated by the Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG), and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.