ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – A Arizonan man and St. Louisan have been indicted for operating marijuana and money laundering operations in Tucson, Arizona and in St. Louis, Missouri. Both men are accused of distributing marijuana in Arizona and taking the proceeds to St. Louis for money laundering in St. Louis, using several Bank of America locations in the metro area to deposit just under the $10,000 legal reporting limit.
The money was deposited into accounts under the name of Ultimate Trainer, LLC.
Federal authorities say the operation lasted four months, from June 2012 to September 21012.
Each man, Van J. Sanders, Jr., 30, of Tucson, Arizona; and Leon Robinson III, 31, of Florissant, Missouri have been charged with one felony count of conspiracy to distribute over one hundred kilograms of marijuana and conspiracy to structure currency transactions for the purpose of evading the reporting requirements. Robinson was also indicted on three counts of structuring currency to evade reporting requirements. Sanders was arrested in Tucson by Postal Inspectors and is scheduled to appear before a Magistrate Judge here on August 12. Robinson surrendered to law authorities in St. Louis earlier today and has an arraignment date set for August 13th.
Both men are facing up to 40 years in prison and fines up to $5 million dollars.