Maine Man Sentenced to over 12 Years in Federal Prison in Multi-State Marijuana and Cocaine Conspiracy<

December 1, 2008

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Timothy Moody, age 53, of Warren, Maine, today to 151 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine and over 1000 kilograms of marijuana, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Titus also ordered Moody to forfeit $1 million.

According to evidence presented at his three week trial, Moody was part of a drug conspiracy led by Ruben Lopez that operated from January 2004 to February 11, 2006, which was responsible for distributing hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and thousands of kilograms of marijuana from Tucson, Arizona, to various customers in Maryland, Ohio, Georgia, Maine, and elsewhere. The drugs were transported primarily by truck.

In early 2004, co-conspirator Bruce Kilgore inquired about driving loads of drugs in his truck, and asked if Lopez could supply drugs to Timothy Moody in Maine. Lopez supplied a sample batch of 4-5 bales of marijuana (totaling 125 pounds) to Moody in late November 2004. The 4-5 bales of marijuana were part of a larger shipment of 2.2 tons of marijuana and 20-30 kilograms of cocaine transported by other conspirator truck drivers under a load of watermelons. The truck driver delivered 3-4 bales (for a total of 80 pounds) to Moody. One bale was mistakenly left on the truck, and inadvertently delivered with watermelons to the Good Shepard Food Bank in Maine.

In late December 2004, Kilgore and co-conspirator truck driver Donald Greene drove to Tucson, where they met with Lopez and loaded approximately a ton of marijuana and 20-30 kilogram of cocaine onto a trailer, concealed by a load of oranges. After delivering some of the drugs to customers in Ohio and Maryland they became concerned about delivering the oranges on time and proceeded to Albany, NY, where they met Moody and off-loaded 1500 pounds of marijuana into a white rental van. Greene then delivered the oranges, and Moody and Kilgore drove to Maryland, where they delivered the marijuana. Moody kept approximately 400 pounds of marijuana for further sale.

On two occasions, Timothy Moody collected money from customers in Detroit for Lopez. On one occasion, Moody drove with a truck driver to Detroit and collected $700,000, which Moody and Kilgore delivered to Lopez in Tucson. On the other occasion, a truck driver collected approximately $200,000 to $250,000 in Detroit and gave it to Moody in Flagstaff, Arizona, who then delivered the money to Lopez in Tucson.

All 13 of Moody’s co-defendants in this case have also been convicted of charges related to the drug conspiracy. Kilgore, age 48, of Rockland, Maine, was sentenced to 20 years in prison; Greene, age 46, of Limerick, Maine, was sentenced to 57 months; and Lopez, age 47, of Tucson, Arizona, has not yet been sentenced.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration for their investigative work in this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case, and commended Assistant United States Attorneys Barbara S. Skalla and Michele W. Sartori, who prosecuted the case.



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