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Husband and Wife Plead Guilty to Federal Charges,
Forfeit Over $1 Million in Assets

January 10, 2013

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina– United States Attorney William N. Nettles stated today that John Melvin Cannon, 61, and Kasondra Cannon, 45, both of Lithonia, Georgia, pled guilty before United States District Judge J. Michelle Childs in Greenville yesterday.  John Cannon pled guilty to conspiring to launder money, and Kasondra Cannon pled guilty to aiding and abetting the possession of cocaine.  According to the facts presented at the plea hearing, the Cannons, husband and wife, worked together to facilitate the storage and distribution of in excess of $1 million worth of cocaine over a 10 year period.  John Cannon actually distributed the cocaine to customers in the Upstate of South Carolina, and Kasondra Cannon, in conjunction with her husband, deposited hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug proceeds in financial institutions.  The couple also used the drug proceeds to purchase vehicles and construct elaborate primary and vacation residences in Georgia.  Through its investigation, the Government was able to identify approximately $800,000 in unexplained wealth the Cannons generated over a five year period.  As a result of their guilty pleas, the Cannons will be forfeiting to the Government $364,000 in cash agents seized from the Cannons’ vacation home, the Cannons’ primary home and vacation home, numerous vehicles, trailers, boats, and ATVs, jewelry, and other property the Cannons purchased with drug proceeds.  The value of all of the forfeited property exceeds $1 million.
Neither of the Cannons has been sentenced.  Judge Childs will sentence these defendants after reviewing their respective pre-sentence reports.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, the Greenville Police Department, and numerous local agencies in Georgia partnered to investigate the case, and Assistant United States Attorneys Andy Moorman, Lance Crick, and Jamie Schoen prosecuted the case.

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