FEDERAL JURY CONVICTS MISSISSIPPI MAN INVOLVED IN MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTION CONSPIRACY
RICKIE BRADLEY, age 56, a resident of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, was convicted yesterday following a trial by a federal jury sitting in New Orleans of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of marijuana, and interstate transmission of an extortionate communication, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to evidence produced at trial, for an approximate two year period, BRADLEY participated in a conspiracy in which he had been obtaining up to 200 pounds of marijuana at a time from a source of supply in New York every four to five weeks. On some occasions, BRADLEY transported quantities of marijuana to various customers, and at other times, he collected past due drug debts. In his efforts to collect these past due debts, BRADLEY transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure with intent to extort money.
The defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of sixty (60) years imprisonment, millions in fines and up to four (4) years of supervised release. Sentencing has been scheduled for February 16, 2011.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the Louisiana State Police and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. This matter was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorneys Theodore Carter and Kevin Boitmann.
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