LAST DEFENDANT SENTENCED IN ELABORATE MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION IN DALLAS
DALLAS — Nancy Ann Hargis, 60, of Dallas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to 42 months in federal prison, following her guilty plea in September 2010 to one count of money laundering, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. She was ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on June 1, 2011.
Hargis, a/k/a “Deuce,” and five other defendants were charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in June 2010 with felony offenses related to an elaborate operation to cultivate and sell large quantities of marijuana plants. All defendants, with the exception of one fugitive, have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced.
Jason Chadwick Doze, 36, who had a leadership role in the operation, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison; his brother, Roderick Curtis Doze, 40, was sentenced to 72 months. Melody Dawn Pharris, 31, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison. Jonathan Blake Senn, 32, and his wife, Stacey Lynn Senn, 34, were sentenced to 34 and 18 months, respectively, in federal prison. All of the above-named defendants pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 or more marijuana plants.
According to documents filed in the case, in December 2008, state and federal law enforcement officers executed search warrants at three houses in Dallas, located on Lathrop Drive, Pensive Drive and Wildflower Drive, which were being used to grow, harvest and package for distribution, marijuana plants. Law enforcement seized 980 marijuana plants, as well as equipment used in the illicit drug business, from these three houses.
Law enforcement determined that money generated from this marijuana grow operation was being used by some of the coconspirators to promotion the carrying on of the unlawful activity. Specifically, the three “grow houses” had separate bank accounts at three financial institutions; Hargis opened those bank accounts. Money generated from the marijuana grow operation was deposited into these bank accounts from which Hargis made payments to cover the operating expenses (e.g., mortgage, property tax and utility payments) of the three houses.
It was the goal of the operation to harvest 192 plants at each location, four times per year. From summer 2005 to December 2008, approximately 4600 marijuana plants were grown at the three houses. The high-grade, hydroponic marijuana was being grown to sell at $5000 to $5200 per pound, and it was estimated that the cultivation operation yielded about 30 pounds per location, per harvest. According to these figures, the marijuana cultivation organization yielded the organization approximately $3.6 million from summer 2005 to December 2008.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Tromblay prosecuted.
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