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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Chicagoland Man Convicted of Conspiring to Distribute over 500 Pounds of Processed Marijuana from Sacramento

Wednesday, November 06, 2013


Docket #: 2:12-cr-258 MCE



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — William Brock, 37, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., was found guilty today of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. A federal jury returned the verdict after a two-and-a-half-day trial before United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.

According to testimony presented at trial, Brock, who is from a suburb of Chicago, was the target of an interstate marijuana distribution investigation conducted by the Will County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois that led to a warehouse that Brock rented in North Highlands, Calif. As part of that investigation, Will County Sheriff’s deputies came to California in April 2012 to install a GPS tracking device on a vehicle believed to be used by Brock while he was in California. Brock discovered the GPS device after it was installed, apparently using a lookout, and switched vehicles, arriving at his warehouse unit in a minivan owned and driven by William Calvert. In Calvert’s van, police found more than 200 pounds of processed marijuana in double vacuum-sealed bags that were packed inside 45 cardboard boxes. Police then searched Brock’s warehouse unit, in which they found similar cardboard boxes containing more than 300 pounds of processed marijuana, packed in the same double-vacuum-sealed bags as in the back of Calvert’s minivan. Police also found empty vacuum-seal bags and other evidence of drug-trafficking in Brock’s warehouse unit and on Calvert.

At the same time as the searches were being conducted in California, Will County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched Brock’s storage unit and his residence back in Illinois. They located processed marijuana and vacuum-seal bags, more than $100,000 in cash, and over $1 million in silver bullion and gold and silver coins.

“This case reflects a troubling reality in this region – the export of large quantities of marijuana to other states for profit,” said United States Attorney Wagner.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Will County Sherriff’s Office, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, and the City of Folsom Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Todd Pickles and Jeffrey Spivak are prosecuting the case.

Brock is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge England on January 30, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. Co-defendant William Calvert pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to distribute at least 100 kilograms of marijuana and is scheduled to be sentenced February 13, 2014.

The maximum statutory penalty for conspiracy to distribute at least 100 kilograms of marijuana and possession with the intent to distribute at least 100 kilograms of marijuana is 40 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of five years in prison. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.




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