Michigan Man Charged in Major Marijuana Trafficking Ring
OCT 26 -- United States Attorney Thomas Scott Woodward announced that a federal grand jury
Kelly Maurice Hill, aka “Shannon Dorr,” 20, of Detroit, Michigan, is charged with Conspiracy To Possess with intent to Distribute and Distribution of over 100 Kilograms of Marijuana. A criminal drug trafficking organization allegedly led by Hill, is allegedly responsible for the importation of large amounts of marijuana in hundreds of pounds and kilogram quantities, from sources in Phoenix into the Detroit area, between November 2008 and December 2009. The defendant allegedly recruited drug couriers, often called “mules,” to transport marijuana and large amounts of cash in rental vehicles, commercial buses and airlines. The conspiracy first came to the attention of law enforcement in Oklahoma on March 5, 2009, when two of the alleged couriers were stopped by an OHP trooper on I-44
This case is being investigated by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) in the Northern District of Oklahoma. Law enforcement agencies participating in this continuing investigation are the Drug Enforcement Administration, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Federal Task Force Officers including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Wayne County Michigan Sheriff’s Office and a Financial Analyst from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Assistant United States Attorney Robert T. Raley, OCDETF, is handling the prosecution of the case for the government.
If the defendant is found guilty of the charges he faces a prison term of not less than 5 years and not more 40 years, and a fine of up to $2 million.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.