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Marijuana Possession and Money Laundering Result in Prison Terms for Mother and Son

For conspiring to possess marijuana with the intent to distribute it and money laundering, a mother and her son received a 14-month prison term and a $10,000 fine.

In a plot involving hundreds of pounds of marijuana, the government presented evidence showing that Jennifer Fisher assisted her son Courtney Johnson of Decatur.

To expand their business, Fisher helped her son launder the money. This included storing cannabis all over Decatur. Johnson was found to have several pounds of cocaine to sell it.

In February 2022, Fisher entered a plea of guilty to marijuana possession with the intent to resell and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Johnson entered a plea of guilty in May 2022 to charges of conspiring to launder money and possessing drugs with the intent to resell them.


They both faced a $500,000 punishment and 20 years in prison. Fisher’s role in the narcotics enterprise put her at risk of an additional 20 years in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Johnson was subject to the same 40-year sentence and $5 million fine for his involvement in the marijuana enterprise as he did for the cocaine offence.

Four vehicles, $27,598 in fines, and more jewellery items were derived for criminal forfeiture.

Before this, Johnson received a 7 1/2 year sentence in May 2022.

The resolution of this case, according to U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Harris, “is yet another illustration of cooperation between federal and local law enforcement agencies not merely to disrupt an illegal narcotics conspiracy.”

Fisher assisted her son in money laundering so they could grow their business. This includes keeping marijuana scattered around Decatur. Johnson was discovered to have several pounds of cocaine that she intended to sell.

They each risked a fine of $5000 and a 20-year jail sentence. Fisher could have received an additional 20 years in prison and a $1,000 fine for her involvement in the drug business.

For his involvement in the marijuana business, Johnson received the same 40-year term and $5 million fine as he did for the cocaine charge.

Assistant US attorneys C. Ryan Finlen and William J. Lynch defended the government in the case.

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“The American public has achieved a significant triumph. In addition to the fact that two offenders have been sentenced to prison, the government has also used asset forfeiture to confiscate a sizable percentage of the unlawful gains, according to Justin Campbell, special agent in charge of the IRS Criminal investigation’s Chicago Field Office.

“The IRS Criminal Investigation’s (CI) role in drug investigations is to follow the money so we may financially destabilize and dismantle significant drug trafficking organizations. As we collaborate with law enforcement partners to prosecute offenders, IRS-CI is honoured to offer its financial expertise.

The case was looked into by the Decatur Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the US IRS-Criminal investigation.

The government was represented in the case by assistant US attorneys William J. Lynch and C. Ryan Finlen.

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