A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of two Modesto men for using their medical marijuana dispensary for drug trafficking.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed the 2008 verdict that found Luke Scarmazzo and Ricardo Montes guilty of running a criminal enterprise, manufacturing marijuana and possessing the drug with intent to distribute.
The court also determined that the men's sentences — nearly 22 years for Scarmazzo and 20 years for Montes — were not disproportionate to their crimes.
Drug Enforcement Administration officials say records at the dispensary, called the California Healthcare Collective, showed the two 29-year-olds made more than $9.2 million in marijuana sales from 2004 until September 2006.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
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