A Montgomery man described as a “kingpin” in an international marijuana trafficking operation was sentenced to 30 months in prison during a federal court hearing Thursday.
Roy “Opie” McAllister II, 39, was identified as a leader of a ring of at least 11 people who moved up to 3,000 kilograms of marijuana from Quebec to Vermont from the mid-2000s until his arrest in May 2013. The operation created a “sense of lawlessness,” in Franklin County, prosecutors said.
Federal sentencing guidelines suggested a sentence of around eight to 10 years, U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss said during the hearing. But attorneys agreed to a plea deal for significantly less time, just as they did for other defendants in the operation. In part, prosecutors explained, the lesser sentences were offered in response to the government’s increasing acceptance of marijuana use. After successful marijuana legalization efforts in Colorado and Washington, the Justice Department in 2013 announced it would not challenge state laws that allow for recreational or medical marijuana use.