(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Six people were indicted on marijuana conspiracy charges in Southwest Iowa.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa, Dennis Eugene Smith, Nicholas Dean Barnes, Christopher Lee Brandt, Gene Allen Smith, Justin Ray Smith and David L. Lopez, Jr. were indicted for conspiracy to distribute over 100 kilograms of marijuana between May 2009 and March 29, 2012
On Friday, all six defendants appeared for initial appearance and arraignment in federal court in Council Bluffs with trial being set for June 4, 2012.
Conspiracy to distribute marijuana as charged is punishable by a minimum of five years to a maximum of 40 years in prison; a fine of up to $5,000,000, at least four years of suspended release, $100 special assessment and forfeiture of property.
The indictment results from an over two year investigation by the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Police Department, Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Omaha, Nebraska, Police Department, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.