LEWISVILLE, TEXAS, MAN SENTENCED TO 24 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ROLE IN MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY
Former Dallas Cowboys Football Player, Co-Defendant Kurt Vollers, Admits Role in Conspiracy and Awaits Sentencing
DALLAS — Tommy Don Crutcher, 28, of Lewisville, Texas, was sentenced this morning by Chief U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to a total of 24 months in federal prison for his role in a marijuana distribution conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Crutcher pleaded guilty in April 2011 to one count of conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and one count of money laundering. He must surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on August 2, 2011.
Two of Crutcher’s co-defendants have also pleaded guilty and been sentenced. Lead defendant, John Patrick Newton, 35, of Los Angeles, California, was sentenced in January 2011 to 292 months in federal prison. Newton, the leader of the organization, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, one count of maintaining a drug-involved premise, one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The organization was known as the “Newton Drug Trafficking Organization.”
Defendant Scott Matthew Kirk, 42, of Omaha, Nebraska, is presently serving a 12-month and one day sentence. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Defendant Kurt Vollers, 31, of Dallas, who remains on bond, is scheduled to be sentenced on September 2, 2011. He pleaded guilty in April 2010 to one count of conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.
According to documents filed in the case, from January 2006 through May 2008, Crutcher, along with Newton, Kirk, Vollers and others, participated in a conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. Newton leased an apartment on North MacArthur Boulevard in Irving, Texas, which was used to unlawfully store, distribute and manufacture marijuana. From February 2008 through May 2008, Newton, Crutcher and Kirk conspired to commit money laundering by conducting financial transactions involving the proceeds of their unlawful activity, designed to conceal and disguise the nature, location, source, ownership and control of those proceeds.
Vollers actively assisted Newton by, among other things, facilitating the delivery of marijuana to the Dallas area, facilitating the storage of marijuana, repackaging bulk marijuana for sale, distributing marijuana to buyers, facilitating the transfer of money from buyers to Newton and counting the proceeds from the sale of marijuana.
Crutcher met Newton after he asked an associate if he knew anyone who sold hydroponic marijuana. Almost immediately thereafter, Crutcher began buying large amounts of marijuana from Newton. Newton would typically “front” the marijuana to Crutcher with Crutcher paying Newton for the delivered product form the proceeds he obtained from selling the marijuana himself.
Kirk was involved in the conspiracy from Fall 2007 through May 2008 and during that time frame, Newton fronted Kirk 10 pounds of hydroponic marijuana but Kirk never paid Newton back for it. Newton allowed Kirk to work off his debt by renting an apartment for Newton in Irving. Kirk was specifically instructed not to identify or mention Newton on any of the paperwork for the apartment, and in fact, Newton gave Kirk enough cash to pay for money orders to pay for six months rent.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) website, the use of hydroponics has enabled growers to increase the potency of Tetrahydro-cannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis plants, resulting in a more-expensive marijuana.
The case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, the Irving Police Department, and the Coppell Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Dewald is prosecuting.
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