Arizona Man Pleads Guilty In Connection With Moving Drugs, Money Between Ohio, Arizona, Mexico
A 36-year-old man has agreed to forfeit more than $1 million after pleading guilty in connection with a drug operation.
Mohamed Keisar of Phoenix, Ariz., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Tuesday to one count of conspiracy with the intent to distribute and to distribute 100 kilos or more of marijuana and to one count of unlawfully operating an unlicensed money transmitting business.
Keisar faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years in prison and up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $5 million.
According to court documents, a joint investigation determined that between January 2009 and December 2012, Keisar was involved in the transportation, sale and distribution of marijuana in southern Ohio.
The investigation found that Keisar, a truck driver, transported marijuana from California and Arizona to Columbus with a semi, a press release stated Tuesday.
Investigators said that the marijuana would be mixed in with legitimate loads.
On Nov. 27, 2012, investigators observed a subject provide Keisar with $939,220 that was derived from the sale of marijuana in Columbus.
Keisar was supposed to deliver the money to San Diego, Calif., to give the money to the source of the supply, documents stated.
As part of Keisar's plea, he will forfeit $1.1 million.
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