United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Sacramento Men Sentenced for Drug Manufacturing and Interstate Structuring of Cash Drug Payments
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Docket #: 2:12-CR-0124 MCE; 2:12-CR-0125
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today, United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. sentenced Sacramento residents Jauwon Pierre Wilder, 28, to two years in prison, and Charles Wilson, 35, to 10 months in prison for charges relating to an interstate marijuana shipping business, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
This case is the product of an investigation by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the IRS Financial Crimes Task Force that includes the California Franchise Tax Board, the Sacramento Police Department, and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Jean M. Hobler and Paul Hemesath are prosecuting the case.
According to court documents, in 2011 co-defendant Keni Renta, ran a business that sold marijuana interstate. He obtained the majority of his supply from other California growers. Wilson grew marijuana for the business, and Wilder helped to launder proceeds from the business.
Renta’s out-of-state buyers paid him by depositing amounts less than $10,000 in bank branches in other states for accounts in Renta’s name or that he controlled. Renta has pleaded guilty to structuring cash deposits and is due to be sentenced by Judge England on November 1, 2012.
Wilder assisted in the marijuana-shipping business. He opened bank accounts in his own name to facilitate the deposit of a larger volume of cash for payments by out-of-state marijuana purchasers. At Renta’s direction, Wilder withdrew cash in amounts under $10,000 and provided the cash to Renta. In October and November 2011 at least $182,750 was structured into Wilder’s account. Judge England ordered the forfeiture of the structured funds.