Boise Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Launder Money in Treasure Valley “Spice” Case
Defendants Charged with Multiple Counts of Conspiring to Distribute “Spice,” Money Laundering, Smuggling
BOISE – William B. Mabry, 45, of Boise, Idaho, pleaded guilty yesterday in United States District Court to count four of the indictment charging him with conspiracy to launder money, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
In court yesterday, Mabry admitted that beginning in March 2011, he knowingly entered into a conspiracy with other individuals to conduct financial transactions in connection with a “spice” manufacturing and distribution business. Mabry admitted that he knowingly participated and assisted in the financial activity of the business by engaging in bank and other financial transactions, through both domestic and foreign financial institutions. The transactions consisted of the proceeds of prior illegal spice sales and other specified unlawful activity and, in many cases, the transactions conducted through financial institutions separately consisted of criminally derived property of a value greater than $10,000; most of the transactions occurred in Idaho, Washington and California.
The charge of conspiracy to launder money is punishable by to 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater, and up to three years of supervised release.
Sentencing is set for November 4, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise.
Mabry and four co-defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury on May 14, 2013, on charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance analogue; conspiracy to smuggle goods into the United States; conspiracy to sell and transport drug paraphernalia; and conspiracy to launder money. Mark A. Ciccarello, Robert A. Eoff, Troy L. Palmer and Holly F. Ciccarello are set for trial on October 22.
The indictment alleges that between March 1, 2011 and July 9, 2012, within the states of Idaho, Alaska, California, Washington, and Wisconsin, the defendants conspired to purchase and import from China chemicals known as AM2201, UR-144, and XLR11, which they used to treat innocuous plant matter to make “spice”—a synthetic cannabinoid similar to substances listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. The indictment further alleges that one or more of the defendants conspired to sell and transport drug paraphernalia for sale, and that they conspired to launder money illegally obtained through their drug, importation and paraphernalia violations. The government is seeking forfeiture of proceeds derived from the alleged criminal activities.
The case is the result of a joint investigation of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which included the cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Boise Police Department, Meridian Police Department, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, and Nampa Police Department. Other federal agencies participating in the OCEDTF program include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and U.S. Marshals Service.
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