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Anaheim man, 2 others plead guilty to marijuana trafficking
Three people, including an Anaheim man, recently pleaded guilty in a federal court to charges of distributing high-grade marijuana in South Carolina and using multiple bank accounts to funnel drug proceeds over the years. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the three individuals made schemes to pay for procuring and transporting cannabis from California for distribution in South Carolina.
According to the criminal indictment, around November 2014, the three men — 40-year-old Jaspal Singh Grewall of Anaheim, and his two accomplices 36-year-old Tyler James Durney and 30-year-old Jeremy David Grove, both from Greenville — started depositing hundreds of thousands of dollars of drug money into funnel bank accounts. They also devised strategies to use the U.S. Postal Service and commercial carriers to carry out their activities.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office observed that the three men generally deposited amounts equivalent to $10,000 or less to escape the bank’s scrutiny and other reporting requirements. In this way, the trio managed to conceal information about their fraudulent transactions and sources of funds for several years.
During the plea hearings, the three men admitted to using multiple bank accounts in a planned manner to move drug proceeds from South Carolina, to be withdrawn in California. As part of his plea agreement, Grewall will require to forfeit $500,000 in cash as well as personal property in Vista. The three defendants face a prison time, ranging from five to 20 years.
Marijuana is a harmful drug
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a neurotoxin, is the principal psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that is responsible for causing dependence and triggering drug urges. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has neither recognized nor approved the therapeutic benefits of marijuana. Due to its high potential for abuse, cannabis continues to be categorized as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). However, weed is widely used in the country. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), nearly 24 million Americans aged 12 or older were current users of marijuana in that year.
In California, several counties are home to millions of migrant populations from different parts of the U.S. as well as the world. The state’s proximity to the Mexican borders makes it a hotspot for drug cartels and other narcotic trafficking rings to distribute huge quantities of marijuana, heroin, meth, cocaine and other drugs. However, there is a growing nationwide awareness on the life-threatening epidemic that is plaguing not only the state, but the entire country. Though it can be a daunting task, there is a greater need to fight addiction by expanding access to treatment.
Leading a drug-free life
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Anaheim Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number (714) 589-2811 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.