EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- An Arizona man has been sentenced in Illinois to 4 1/2 years in federal prison for his role in a scheme that involved transporting thousands of pounds of marijuana to at least four states.
Thirty-five-year-old Anthony Duvernay of Tucson, Ariz., was sentenced Friday in East St. Louis. He pleaded guilty in April to a drug-conspiracy count.
Duvernay is among 17 defendants who've been convicted of transporting large quantities of marijuana from Tucson to East St. Louis, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Lima, Ohio, between 2000 and 2007.
Authorities say much of the marijuana shipped to East St. Louis consisted of 200- to 300-pound loads concealed in bathtubs and water heaters.
Federal agents and Tucson police seized more than $300,000 in cash from participants in the operation.