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Las Vegas Man Sentenced For Shipping Illegal Drugs From Las Vegas To Tennessee And Texas

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nevada

LAS VEGAS, Nev.  – A Las Vegas man who shipped illegal drugs from Nevada to other states, and used a false identity and structured bank deposits to hide over $850,000 that he made from his drug dealing, has been sentenced to 14½ years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden, for the District of Nevada. 

Damien Williams, 27, was sentenced on Dec. 29, by Senior U.S. District Judge Howard D. McKibben to 151 months in prison, plus two additional consecutive years in prison, for his guilty pleas to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, one count of conspiracy to launder money, and one count of aggravated identity theft. The court found that Williams was a career offender because he has two prior felony convictions, for voluntary manslaughter and robbery, both involving the use of a firearm.

“We work with our local and federal law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute persons who are unlawfully using the mails to ship controlled substances to other states,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “As this case shows, using a false identity and structuring your bank deposits is not going to go unnoticed by our investigators.”  

According to the guilty plea agreement, between May 2012 and October 2013, Williams used the identification documents of “Goldie Cage” to obtain a Nevada identification card, rent an apartment, obtain an automobile loan, and open bank accounts Cage’s name. During the same period, Williams was sending packages of controlled substances, including codeine and marijuana, to persons in Tennessee and Texas.  In exchange for the controlled substances, Williams received approximately $856,000 in proceeds, which were deposited by persons in other states into the bank accounts that Williams had opened under Cage’s name.  Williams would then withdraw the funds and use them in furtherance of additional illegal drug activities.  The deposits and withdrawals were structured in amounts of less than $10,000 in order to avoid federal bank reporting requirements. 

The case was investigated by the Las Vegas Financial Crimes Task Force,  IRS Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service,  the Henderson Police Department, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan police Department.

Updated December 30, 2015

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Drug Trafficking
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