Four Colorado men charged with smuggling 132 pounds of marijuana into Minnesota

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Last week, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota released information alleging that Boyd Ethan Wilkinson of Brighton, Robert Lee Bowker of Lyons, Mathew Martin Hecker of Evergreen and Anthony W. Raymond of Longmont had worked out a deal with two Minnesota men to ship pounds of marijuana from Colorado to the North Star State.

In late September, the men put their plan into action, with Wilkinson and another Colorado man not charged in the conspiracy reportedly piloting a small, pot-loaded plane out of Colorado to the Anoka County Airport in Blaine, Minnesota. The only problem? The tiny community airport closes down at night, so planes making unscheduled landings in said tiny community tend to attract attention.

Police met the airplane on the tarmac as it taxied to a stop, and opened the door to find the two men and a plane full of large hockey bags. Normally, that's probably not odd cargo for Minnesota, but instead of the aroma of mildewed-sweat nastiness that usually accompanies mounds of hockey gear, police immediately got a whiff of 132 pounds of skunky Colorado cannabis.

A few days later, the details of the smuggling operation came together after the Minnesota connections -- Cameron Leigh Christensen and Todd Christian Skonnord -- were pulled over by the Iowa State Patrol, who found a little bit of pot, nearly $80,000 in cash, and "drug ledgers" that apparently outlined the plan. Troopers also confiscated cell phones that "contained photographs of marijuana plants, cultivated marijuana 'buds,' compressed high-grade marijuana, bulk cash, and commercial equipment typically used in the cultivation of marijuana." That alone wasn't illegal, but the phones also allegedly contained text messages describing the shipments.

Hecker and Wilkinson have since pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 50 kilograms or more of marijuana. If convicted, the other defendants face as many as twenty years in prison for conspiracy and five years for possession.

There's no suggestion that the scheme was connected to any medical marijuana operations in Colorado. According to Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division spokeswoman Julie Postlethwait, none of the men involved are listed in the MMED licensing database.

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KaDargo
KaDargo

Oh, the horror!  Meanwhile, alcohol continues to kill daily while cannabis continues to not kill anyone...never has...never will!

Monkey
Monkey

Get your story right westword. They were flying cali weed to Minnesota. They rented the plane in Colorado, flew to Cali for the pick up then to Minnesota for the sale. Hecker was the co-pilot and pled guilty, not "another Colorado man not charged in the conspiracy reportedly piloting a small, pot-loaded plane out of Colorado to the Anoka County Airport in Blaine, Minnesota".Your usually pretty good on reporting these topics but you blew this one.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

If you've got over a hundred pounds and are looking at twenty years, you might as well carry high power assault rifles to give yourself a fighting chance.  This situation could have easily been handled if they just brought the AK!  Amateurs!

MrEFQ
MrEFQ

Nope, there are NEVER wars fought over drugs. People are never killed because of it.

Fucking moron.

Guest
Guest

but if you use that assault rifle it will sure as shit increase that prison time. right dipshit? another golden nugget of shit from high counrty assgiver 

Billy2435
Billy2435

You say some stupid things about MMJ in Colorado, but this might just make the winner for you for 2011. Nice job coming in strong right at the end.

fuckMrEFQ
fuckMrEFQ

@MrEFQ you didnt read his comment u fuck

Guest
Guest

the fact that a dipshit such as yourself supports ron paul, that alone will probably cost him the election. thanks for sharing your fucked up ideas again. say, what would it take for you to concentrate on growing your shitty crop instead of trolling westword day and night?

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Like 2011, medical marijuana is out and this article has nothing to do with medical, it's pure drug smuggling, the smugglers blues man!

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

High Country Caregiver prefers the vaporizer personally, although bongs are nice, I don't own one.

Guest
Guest

that's always your reply when someone calls you on your bullshit.. smoke some man, relax. i surmise you need to put the bong down considering you think it's the new year and it's actually two days before.

Guest
Guest

you got nominated for commenter of the year because you troll westword 24/7 and leave your useless comments everywhere, it's not becuase you have some insight or knowledge. and yes there is love. but,its more like "I love to see what this dipshit is going to say". but, in the end didn't they pick mr nazi everything robert chase? so basically they passed one wind bag with shit for brains(you) for another( robert).

ps I just insulted two of the biggest douches on this site with one comment. hooray for me

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Geez, you'd think I'd done something wrong to deserve such criticism.  It's New Year's man, smoke some weed and relax a little.  I wouldn't have been nominated by Westword for 'commenter of the year' if someone didn't love a little.

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