An Illinois man was sentenced Friday in federal court to 15 years and eight months in prison for orchestrating a marijuana distribution operation from Sacramento.
William Brock, 37, of Glen Ellyn, a Chicago suburb, was also fined $250,000.
A jury in Sacramento convicted him in November of conspiring to distribute at least 100 kilograms of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute at least 100 kilograms of marijuana, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr., who presided over the trial.
According to testimony presented at trial, Brock was the target of an interstate marijuana distribution investigation conducted by the Will County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois. Included in the investigation was a warehouse that Brock rented in North Highlands.
Will County sheriff’s deputies came to California in April 2012 to install a GPS tracking device on a vehicle that Brock was believed to use while he was in California. Brock discovered the GPs device after it was installed and switched vehicles, arriving in a minivan owned and driven by another man. In the van, police found more than 200 pounds of processed marijuana in double vacuum-sealed bags contained in 45 cardboard boxes. Police then searched Brock’s warehouse unit, where they found similar boxes containing more than 300 pounds of processed marijuana, also packed in double vacuum-sealed bags, authorities said.
At the same time the searches were conducted in California, Will County sheriff’s deputies searched Brock’s storage unit and residence in Illinois. They found processed marijuana, more than $150,000 in cash, and more than $1 million in silver bullion and gold and silver coins, authorities said.
The case resulted from an investigation by the Wills County and Sacramento County sheriff’s departments, the Folsom Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.