FORMER DALLAS COWBOYS PLAYER SENTENCED TO 30 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR HIS ROLE IN HYDROPONIC MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY
DALLAS — Kurt Vollers, 32, of Dallas, was sentenced this afternoon by Chief U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 30 months in federal prison for his role in a hydroponic marijuana trafficking conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Vollers must surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on March 20, 2012.
Vollers, a former player for the Dallas Cowboys, pleaded guilty in April 2010 to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, admitting that from January 2006 through May 2008, he participated in a scheme, along with co-defendants John Patrick Newton, Scott Matthew Kirk and Tommy Don Crutcher to possess with intent to distribute 100 kilograms of marijuana. Newton, 36, of Los Angeles, California, was the leader of the “Newton Drug Trafficking Organization,” in the Dallas area. He was sentenced in January 2011 to 292 months in federal prison. Kirk, 43, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced to 12 months and one day and Crutcher, 29, of Lewisville, Texas, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison.
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.
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.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, the Irving Police Department, and the Coppell Police Department.
Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Dewald and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Tourjé were in charge of the prosecution.
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