80-year-old marijuana dealer sentenced to 10 years in prison

This June 2013 booking photo provided by the Junction City, Kan., Police Department shows Marshall Dion, 78, of Tucson, Ariz., arrested and charged with speeding and transporting proceeds from illegal drug sales. Police seized $828,220 in his pickup truck, but Dion’s trouble with the law dates back decades. The stop led authorities to storage units in Massachusetts and Arizona where they found nearly $15 million in cash, more than 1,000 kilos of marijuana and ledgers allegedly detailing drug deals going back to 1992. (AP Photo/Junction City Police Department)

BOSTON (AP) — An 80-year-old man who ran a sprawling marijuana-dealing operation has been sentenced in Boston to 10 years in prison.

Marshall Dion pleaded guilty last year to drug and money-laundering charges.

Prosecutors say Dion ran a large marijuana enterprise for decades.

When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped him for speeding in 2013, they found about $828,000 in cash in his pickup. A federal investigation led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they found about $15 million in cash, nearly 400 pounds of marijuana and ledgers detailing drug deals going back to 1992.

A federal judge this month rejected a plea agreement that called for a five- to seven-year prison sentence for Dion.

The judge sentenced him Tuesday to 10 years in prison during a hearing in U.S. District Court.

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