News Release
Date: February 24, 2009
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Four Ohio Men and Massachusetts Man Plead Guilty in Multi-State Marijuana Distribution Ring
-Charles Bradford admits distribution of 5,000 lbs of marijuana in DEA led investigation

FEB 24 -- BOWLING GREEN, KY - Acting U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill, of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that on February 19, 2009, Charles Bradford, age 54, of Williamsburg, Ohio, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana. As part of the same case, Rodney Mason, age 28, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jamie Cragwall, age 37, of Loveland, Ohio; Michael Kunz, age 42, of Elmwood, Ohio; and Mark Desmarais, age 41, of Douglas, Massachusetts, pled guilty on February 19, 2009 to conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

These five defendants and an additional twelve defendants were all charged in a Second Superseding Indictment. The charges stem from a multi-state conspiracy in which marijuana was shipped from Arizona to Kentucky, Ohio, Massachusetts and other states from February 2005 through September 2007. The Second Superseding Indictment also seeks forfeiture of nearly $335,000 in currency and two tracts of real estate. In addition, Defendant Charles Bradford agreed to forfeit an additional $75,000.

As part of his guilty plea, Defendant Bradford admitted responsibility for 2,270 kilograms (5,000 pounds) of marijuana; Defendants Jamie Cragwell, Mark Desmarais and Rodney Mason admitted to 455 kilograms (1,000 pounds); and Defendant Kunz admitted to 340 kilogram (750 pounds) of marijuana.

The maximum potential penalty for Defendant Bradford is life imprisonment, an $8,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of at least five years. For Defendants Cragwell, Desmarais, Kunz and Mason, the maximum potential penalties are forty years imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of at least four years.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. and was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Sentencing is scheduled on July 7, 2009, at 12:00 noon, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.