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LANSING DRUG TRAFFICKING CONSPIRATORS SENTENCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 29, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – The last participant involved in the Tucson-Detroit-Lansing Parker marijuana trafficking conspiracy was sentenced in U.S. District Court for structuring currency, announced U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis. Joe Lewis Parker, Sr., 65, of Lansing, Michigan, was sentenced by Chief Judge Paul L. Maloney to serve 1 year on probation. In December of 2011, Joe Lewis Parker, Jr., 43, was sentenced to serve 54 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana. In early February 2012, Zenobia Monique Bailey, 50, of Detroit, was sentenced to serve 168 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana. Zenobia Bailey, Joe Lewis Parker, Sr. and Joe Lewis Parker, Jr. pled guilty to the charges in August and September of 2011.

These sentences result from an ongoing investigation involving Asante Parker, 33, of Lansing, Michigan, who was sentenced to serve 262 months in prison for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana and laundering the drug proceeds. Asante Parker pled guilty and was sentenced in May 2011.

At the time of his guilty plea, Asante Parker admitted to the possession of more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana over a two-year period starting in 2008. Asante Parker admitted that multiple loads of marijuana of varying quantities were driven from Tucson, Arizona, to West Michigan, in delivery vans bearing markings of fictitious commercial entities. He and others purchased the marijuana from an Arizona supplier and then re-sold it for substantial profit. Asante Parker admitted that he provided Zenobia Bailey with cash, as much as $100,000 on one occasion, to pay for the marijuana obtained in Arizona. Asante Parker admitted that the loads of marijuana he sold and distributed in Michigan were delivered, unloaded, broken down and weighed at the home of his brother, Joe Lewis Parker, Jr., in Bath, Michigan.

Asante Parker admitted that in April of 2009, he purchased a home in Munith, Michigan, with drug proceeds for approximately $179,000 by using his father, Joe Lewis Parker, Sr. as a nominee. Asante Parker admitted to laundering his drug proceeds by soliciting others to take the cash to banks and convert it to cashiers checks, which he then used to purchase the home.

Asante Parker invested the drug proceeds in the house, jewelry and automobiles and was ordered to forfeit all the assets to the federal government.

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