Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 12:58 p.m. CT Aug. 8, 2018 | Updated 2:19 p.m. CT Aug. 8, 2018
Federal prosecutors in Milwaukee are trying to take more than $1.8 million in gold coins and $2 million in cash from people charged with conspiring to sell hundreds of pounds of marijuana.
A superseding indictment filed Tuesday names a dozen defendants, from Milwaukee, Virginia and California. The group is accused of conspiring to distribute more than 200 pounds of pot from January 2015 to last month.
The original indictment in January named only Josef Habib and Corianne Markowski of Milwaukee.
Those two and eight of the newly charged defendants also face counts of money laundering the proceeds of the operation, and Habib faces two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and one of possessing a gun during drug trafficking.
The indictment lists large amounts of cash and drugs seized from various defendants' homes, vehicles and safe deposit boxes, as well as 157 one-ounce gold coins taken from one defendant in California and two safety deposit boxes there, as well as one handgun seized at a residence in Greenfield connected to Habib.
Read more: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/crime/2018/08/08/2-million-cash-1-8-million-gold-seized-part-pot-ring-bust/935312002/
This is why the busts won't stop: law enforcement makes millions off of them, including cars and homes