A federal court charged five defendants with conspiracy to distribute large amounts of marijuana and money laundering.
Officials said between 2014 and May 2017, the defendants engaged in a multi-state marijuana and money laundering conspiracy.
According to authorities, the defendants would use U.S. mail to send and receive packages of marijuana for redistribution in multiple locations, including Memphis and Chattanooga, Tennessee and San Francisco, California.
All five defendants indicted on federal charges include:
• Jijad Hijazi, 33, San Francisco, CA
• Christopher Heffernan, 32, San Francisco, CA
• Nasseam Elkarra, 36, San Francisco, CA
• Kenric West, 46, Memphis, TN
• Patrick O’Neal, 28, Memphis, TN
Each count includes:
Count 1 Jijad Hijazi, Christopher Heffernan, Nasseam Elkarra, Kenric West and Patrick O’Neal with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute, in excesss of 100 kilograms of marijuana.
Count 2 charges West with possession with intent to distribute 444.2 grams of marijuana.
Count 3 charges West with possession with intent to distribute 23.4 grams or more of cocaine.
Count 4 charges West with being a