One of Four Spice Conspirators Sentenced
BOISE—William B. Mabry, 46, of Boise, Idaho, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Lodge to 24 months in prison for conspiring to commit money laundering, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Judge Lodge also ordered Mabry to pay $80,000 in restitution.
The indictment alleged that Mabry and three co-conspirators, Mark Ciccarello, Troy Palmer, and Robert Eoff, conspired to purchase and import from China chemicals known as AM2201, UR-144, and XLR11, which they used to treat innocuous plant matter to make spice—a synthetic cannabinoid similar to substances—including JWH018—listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. The indictment alleged that they conspired to launder money illegally obtained through spice manufacturing and distribution.
According to court documents, Mabry admitted that he knowingly entered into a conspiracy with co-conspirators to conduct financial transactions in connection with a spice manufacturing and distribution business beginning in March 2011. Mabry also admitted to knowingly participating and assisting in the financial activity of the business by engaging in bank and other financial transactions through both domestic and foreign financial institutions. The transactions consisted of the proceeds of prior illegal spice sales and other specified unlawful activity, and, in many cases, the transactions conducted through financial institutions separately consisted of criminally derived property of a value greater than $10,000; most of the transactions occurred in Idaho, Washington, and California.
The three remaining co-conspirators are scheduled to be sentenced in June, August, and September.
The case is the result of a joint investigation of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which included the cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Boise Police Department, Meridian Police Department, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, and Nampa Police Department. Other federal agencies participating in the OCEDTF program include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and U.S. Marshals Service.
The OCDETF program is a federal, multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.