The grandfather of a family with three generations of marijuana traffickers has been convicted on drug charges by a federal jury in Phoenix.
A jury on Wednesday found Kingsley Lloyd Bowen, 66, of Brooklyn, N.Y., guilty of conspiracy to possess more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute and related charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona.
Earlier this year, Bowen's daughter, 40-year-old Sandra Marie Bowen; his daughter's boyfriend, 36-year-old Christopher Anthony Williams; and Bowen's grandson, 22-year-old Dillon Ornim Clarke; pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
Sandra Bowen and Williams are Chandler residents, while Clarke lives in Brooklyn.
Prosecutors said the family had mailed marijuana from Arizona to buyers in Florida, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and other states.
The family trafficked at least 6,900 pounds of marijuana, according to a statement from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. More than $900,000 in profits made from the trafficking was laundered through 23 banks accounts.
Kingsley Bowen could face maximum penalty of life in prison, a $4,000,000 fine, or both. Bowen will be sentenced Aug. 30.
Sandra, Clarke and Williams' sentencing hearings are set for June 28.
The defendants are being held in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service pending sentencing.
by Colin Lecher
Jun. 18, 2010