Nightclub owner pleads guilty to drug charges

On behalf of Jack B. Rubin, PA posted in Drug Charges on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

On April 17, a nightclub owner in Maryland pleaded guilty to several drug charges related to marijuana distribution. The 39-year-old man could face a maximum sentence of life in prison after admitting that he was involved in a multimillion-dollar marijuana distributing operation. Another person who was accused of selling marijuana to the nightclub owner was sentenced to five years in prison in 2014 after pleading guilty to similar charges.

The United States Attorney for the District of Maryland’s Office accused the man of conspiring with others to distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. According to the office, the man purchased most of the marijuana from a drug trafficking organization in California and then sold it in Maryland. The man was also accused of purchasing drugs from a different source in Texas in 2012.

The accused man reportedly used the proceeds from marijuana sales to finance the opening of an upscale nightclub in Silver Spring called the Society Lounge. At the time that the club opened, each delivery of marijuana that the man received from his source in California was reportedly earning him $1 million in cash. Since he received his charges, the man has agreed to forfeit his interest in the nightclub and pay taxes that he owes going back to 2009.

A business owner who is facing criminal charges for drug distribution might want to consult with a criminal defense attorney about what options that may be available. In some cases, the attorney may be able to enter into an arrangement with the prosecution that would entail the defendant entering a plea of guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a reduced sentence.

Source: WUSA9, “Md. club nightclub owner guilty of drug trafficking,” April 20, 2015

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