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    JACKSONVILLE — A 31-year-old Jacksonville man was found guilty Wednesday of mailing more than 36 pounds of marijuana to himself over two years ago.

    Rocky Joseph, who came to Jacksonville to play football at MacMurray College in 2002, was convicted by a Morgan County jury that deliberated for just over an hour.
    Joseph was found guilty of felony charges of possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis with intent to deliver and unlawful trafficking of cannabis. The second charge is the more serious of the two and is punishable by 12 to 60 years in prison.

    Circuit Judge Richard Mitchell set a sentencing hearing for Oct. 16.

    Joseph, who had been out on bond since his arrest in July 2005, was taken into custody while he and his mother wept openly.

    Morgan County State’s Attorney Chris Reif had alleged that Joseph mailed three boxes to himself at 750 E. Chambers St., one of which was flagged by the U.S. Postal Service in Chicago.

    Postal inspector Bill Nichols testified that the mail stream is monitored for contraband via certain indicators. When the package mailed to Joseph was pulled, a federal warrant was obtained and a dog trained to sniff out drugs hit on the package. Jacksonville police were notified, and the Postal Service agreed to help conduct a “controlled delivery” of the package and put a transmitter in it.

    When the package was delivered by postal inspector Phillip Steele, Joseph signed for it and said he was expecting two more packages and produced receipts for those, testimony indicated.

    Jacksonville police officer Rick Howard {I frequently partied with this guy while attending college - Mojave} testified that Joseph told him the package had been mailed to him by his mother in Compton, Calif.

    Testing found the boxes in the three packages contained a total of more than 16,000 grams, the equivalent of 36.9 pounds of marijuana.

    Defense attorney Michael Costello of Springfield put Joseph on the stand Wednesday afternoon. Joseph said he was recruited to play football at MacMurray in 2002 but suffered several severe injuries and was unable to continue playing. Low grades followed, and he was dropped by the school. He said he went back to California in July 2005 to get clothes and other belongings so he could return to school.

    He denied knowing the two men whose names were on the return-address portions of the packages, although they both gave addresses on the same street as his mother in Compton. He also said he did not produce receipts for the two packages not delivered to the Chambers Street address, where he said he recently left but still had belongings.

    Costello, in his closing argument, said the packages in question were postmarked July 11 and Joseph was in Jacksonville or on the way there at that time. He also said Joseph could not have had the estimated $35,000 to $65,000 needed to buy such a quantity of marijuana at a time when he was unemployed and his mother was sending him money.

    Reif told the jury that the state did not have to prove Joseph mailed the packages, only that he caused them to be mailed.

    After the verdict was read, Reif said the successful trial was another good example of cooperation among agencies.

    “It’s just something we can’t tolerate, bringing in a lot of marijuana into this community and going out on the street,” he said. “It’s an amount we don’t see very often. …

    “I will look at how much money someone could have made from this, which could have been doubled a couple of times, before we make a sentencing recommendation.”

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    12 to 60 years
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    12 to 60 years
    Yup...get the U.S. Mail involved, tack on the fact that 36 pounds is considerably above what would use for one's own head (showing trafficking with intent to distribute) and one is pretty much...fucked.
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    FBI: Bank robber writes note on own check

    FBI: Bank robber identifies self by writing holdup note on own check

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    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - A man robbing a bank demanded the money by writing a note on one of his own checks, authorities say.

    Not surprisingly, he was caught soon afterward.

    Forest Kelly Bissonnette, 27, apparently tried to cover his name on the check, then handed the note to a teller Sept. 5 at the Bank of the West in Englewood, according to authorities.

    "We could still make it out even though he blacked it out," FBI agent Rene VonderHaar said. Nearly $5,000 was taken.

    Surveillance video showed a suspect similar to Bissonnette's description, and a tipster said a man named Forest Kelly claimed he got $5,000 in a bank robbery, according to a federal complaint.

    Bissonnette remained in federal custody Tuesday after turning himself in Friday. A public defender was to be appointed for Bissonnette, who doesn't have a listed phone number.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    FBI: Bank robber writes note on own check

    FBI: Bank robber identifies self by writing holdup note on own check

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    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - A man robbing a bank demanded the money by writing a note on one of his own checks, authorities say.
    Big deal, this is a daily occurence here in Florida (actually, the same thing happened about 3-4 years ago).

    Not to be outdone, there is this:

    TAMPA - He told the teller not to do anything stupid.

    Too bad the bank robber didn’t take his own advice.

    After he robbed a Bank of America on West Hillsborough Avenue last December, court records say, Etni Ortiz left his resume behind — dropped it, actually, when the bank’s dye pack exploded. Police found it outside the bank in a pile of dye-stained money. There were also photos, one of Ortiz. The picture, too, was stained with red dye.

    Nine days later, Ortiz robbed First State Bank at 5700 Clark Road in Sarasota, according to documents on file in U.S. District Court.

    That time, he gave the teller a note threatening to shoot if she did anything stupid. The teller gave him $1,860, and he fled.

    Using surveillance photos, police determined Ortiz was the robber of both banks. They issued an alert.

    On Jan. 9, the day after the Sarasota bank was robbed, the Florida Highway Patrol arrested Ortiz in St. Lucie County. He was driving an SUV that had been stolen in a Massachusetts carjacking in October. The owner of the vehicle told authorities Ortiz was the thief.

    Inside the SUV, Tampa Police found a cap they say Ortiz wore during the second robbery. Beneath the rear passenger seat, they found paperwork stained with red dye.

    They also found a note: “This is a robbery. Do not do anything stupid or I’ll shoot you first. Give me all $100, $50, $20. No smoke bombs or I will shoot you.”

    They also found a suitcase stuffed with $1,969 in cash.

    Ortiz pleaded guilty in May to two counts of bank robbery and one count of transporting a stolen vehicle.

    This morning, U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew sentenced him to 8 1/2 years in federal prison to be followed by three years of probation.

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    The sentence is completely ridiculous, as most drug sentences are. But I can't say that it's too smart sending 37 pounds of weed through the fucking federal government owned mail system
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    So Ortiz robs two banks (threatening to shoot people in the notes) and carjacked somebody and he gets 8-1/2 years.
    Joseph mails himself over 36 pounds of dope and he's looking at 12-60?
    Houston, we have a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vh resurrection View Post
    So Ortiz robs two banks (threatening to shoot people in the notes) and carjacked somebody and he gets 8-1/2 years.
    Joseph mails himself over 36 pounds of dope and he's looking at 12-60?
    Houston, we have a problem.
    Not to mention the guy in the other thread who chops three heads off and WALKS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vh resurrection View Post
    So Ortiz robs two banks (threatening to shoot people in the notes) and carjacked somebody and he gets 8-1/2 years.
    Joseph mails himself over 36 pounds of dope and he's looking at 12-60?
    Houston, we have a problem.
    well i am currently sitting on a federal grand jury(since april of last year),and we have had people come thru who robbed a bank and have been sentenced and they are usually out in about 1 1/2 to 2 years and they come right back to us.but oh god,sell some weed and they lay the hammer down.
    I used to wonder why he was grinning all the time(Michael Ian Black talkin about EVH on VH1 I love the 80's) but then i realized the reason he's grinning is because he's Eddie F*#king Van Halen

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    Yup...get the U.S. Mail involved, tack on the fact that 36 pounds is considerably above what would use for one's own head

    If you put it in the freezer, it keeps pretty well.

    It COULD have been for his own use....for the next decade.

    This story proves that our government, police and judicial system are more concerned about collecting tax dollars from everything they can and since pot is illegal they can't get tax dollars from it so, "fuck you Mr. Dealer, we'll throw your ass in jail for trying to make money off something that we can't".

    An armed robber, violent crime offender and the like don't have anything to do with taxes, tax collection, ect. Sure, some people may get hurt or die...no biggie. Most bank robbers are eventually caught, often recovering most or all of stolen money, world keeps spinning.

    What does this say to people? It says go out and rob banks at gunpoint before dealing pot.

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