A Tennessee man has been convicted of federal drug crimes connected with a conspiracy to distribute a large quantity of marijuana from the Illinois Valley.
According to the US Department of Justice, 35-year-old Chad Allen Dorton of Kingsport, Tennessee, was convicted this week of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possession with the Intent to Distribute 1,000 Kilograms or More of Marijuana.
From July 2014 to November 2016, investigators said Dorton conspired with nine charged co-defendants and others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cannabis.
During this period, Dorton reportedly transported over $1 million in cash to Cave Junction and O’Brien to purchase high-grade marijuana. He then smuggled 700 to 800 pounds of the marijuana back to east Tennessee, concealing it in diesel tanks with false compartments, as well as in tires and in spare tires. It had a street value of more than $3.3 million.
Evidence presented by prosecutors at Dorton’s trial showed the conspirators purchased, transported and distributed up to 3,700 pounds of marijuana during the conspiracy period with a street value of up to $18 million.
All of the marijuana was distributed