by Dan Gibson
While Loren Grigsby should probably be thankful that he didn't receive the maximum sentence of 65 years that he could have, the former Davis-Monthan airman who plead guilty to charges of distribution of marijuana, money laundering as part of distribution of marijuana and conspiracy to distribute marijuana learned that the military doesn't mess around with that sort of thing:
During the court-martial, the 23-year-old Airman pled guilty to all charges, providing the military judge with detailed facts concerning each offense. The facts revealed the member laundered over $147,000 as part of a cross-country marijuana distribution enterprise. The member would ship marijuana through the United States Postal Service to Georgia from Arizona in return for large cash deposits spread out over multiple bank accounts. This criminal activity, which occurred from March 2010 to June 2010, was uncovered as part of a large investigation which included the combined efforts of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the Tucson Police Department, the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Internal Revenue Service. During the investigation, law enforcement agencies seized over 26 pounds of marijuana.
After three days of testimony, a jury of officers and enlisted members sentenced Senior Airman Grigsby to a Dishonorable Discharge, to serve 17 years in confinement, to be reduced to the grade of E-1, and to forfeit all pay and allowances. The maximum sentence in the case was to receive a Dishonorable Discharge, to serve 65 years in confinement, to be reduced to the grade of E-1, and to forfeit all pay and allowances.