An Omaha man has received a 40-year prison sentence for his leadership in a marijuana trafficking conspiracy.
A statement from U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg says 44-year-old Shannon Williams was sentenced on Friday and ordered to pay a $300,000 fine.
Prosecutors said Williams led a conspiracy to move more than
7,000 pounds of marijuana to Omaha from the Tucson, Ariz., area.
Prosecutors said Williams directed the activities from his jail cell, where he was serving time for a crack cocaine conviction.
Williams ran the operation with a cell phone given to him by a government informant, and laundered the money by buying, renovating
and reselling dilapidated properties.
Williams was also sentenced to 20 years for money laundering,
but a federal judge allowed him to serve both sentences simultaneously.