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Grandmother, brothers arrested on drug charges

Two brothers and a grandmother have found themselves caught up in a drug bust operation and are now facing serious drug charges. They are among six individuals who were recently arrested by authorities. Police claim they were all involved in a marijuana trafficking network between California and Illinois.

Police reports claim one of the two men initially moved to California in April 2011 in order to start a marijuana business. Their claim is he intended to grow the drug in California and ship it to Illinois in packages filled with school supplies. Shipments were received by his brother, according to the charges filed.

Reportedly at least nine shipments of marijuana were sent between California and Illinois by the man allegedly leading the operation. Three of the packages sent in May were sent to his grandmother's home, addressed to the family dog, police say. The 23-year-old California resident is now facing marijuana trafficking and money laundering charges. The 65-year-old grandmother and the man's 21-year-old brother have also been arrested and face the same charges.

During their hunt, police say they arrested three others. A warrant is pending against a 24-year-old in South Carolina. Police claim he helped with money transactions and received drugs. A 22-year-old was the fifth to be arrested and jailed for alleged marijuana trafficking within the same operation. A sixth arrest of criminal marijuana conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver was handed to another 24-year-old.

Police claim postal inspectors' discovery of a package containing drugs led them to arrest a 19-year-old man in June. Authorities say they arrested him when he went to pick up a package from the post office. He has since been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Police report that information obtained in the 19-year-old's arrest led to the drug sweep that yielded the additional arrests. This can happen when a suspect provides information in a drug operation in exchange for a decreased sentence. Although the six people arrested will require a strong defense, they remain innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Source: The Pantagraph News, "Two brothers, grandmother among six accused of marijuana trafficking," Edith Brady-lunny, Nov. 14, 2011

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