The Columbus Dispatch
United Parcel Service delivered a lot of packages for Adrian A. Douglas and his associates.
Between November 2015 and December 2016, federal Drug Enforcement Agents investigators say they documented 264 UPS packages that traveled from Las Vegas to Columbus. Unknown to UPS, there were more than 3,000 kilograms — about 6,614 pounds — of marijuana inside.
Cash was then sent back to the supplier in at least 41 packages documented by investigators during that time frame. One 18-pound package intercepted by authorities on Dec. 7, 2016, in Kentucky contained more than $199,000.
Douglas, 48, of Columbus — identified by federal authorities as the leader of the marijuana distribution ring — was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson to 12 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms (more than 2,204 pounds) of marijuana and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He pleaded guilty to the charges last June.
His son, Justin A. Douglas, and Joshua N. Barron, both 28 and both of Columbus, previously pleaded guilty to the same charges. Justin Douglas was sentenced to 48 months in prison. Barron is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 30 at the federal courthouse, Downtown.
Another Columbus resident, 42-year-old Raymond Tillman, is serving a 60-month prison sentence after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.
The charges were the result of an investigation involving the DEA, the Internal Revenue Service, Columbus police and other members of the Ohio Organized Crime Commission’s Central Ohio drug task force.