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Two men sentenced to several years in prison for distributing over 100 pounds of marijuana in Cedar Rapids

(File photo) Department of Justice seal in the US Attorneys office at the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
(File photo) Department of Justice seal in the US Attorneys office at the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man and another man from Washington were sentenced to several years in prison this week for selling over 100 pounds of marijuana.

Buddy Xeko, 36, of Cedar Rapids, pleaded guilty last December in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine and two counts of money laundering.

During the plea hearing, Xeko admitted he agreed to distribute more than 110 pounds of marijuana and quantities of cocaine in the Cedar Rapids area between 2011 and 2016. Xeko also admitted he conspired to commit money laundering, and used the money to buy an SUV, valued at more than $50,000.

Gregory Sills, 45, of Concrete, Wash., pleaded guilty last November to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. During the hearing, Sills also admitted to distributing over 110 pounds of marijuana and quantities of cocaine in the Cedar Rapids area between 2011 and 2016. Sills got the marijuana he was selling from Xeko.

U.S. District Senior Judge Linda Reade sentenced Xeko to 71 months in prison Tuesday. He was also ordered to serve three years on supervised release following any prison time.

Reade also sentenced Sills to 57 months in prison. He also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release after the prison term.

Both Xeko and Sills will remain in custody with the U.S. Marshals pending transport to a federal prison.

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Last month, Vichit Kho, 37, of Cedar Rapids, also involved in conspiracy, was sentenced to 23 month in prison. He pleaded guilty in December to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine. During the plea hearing, Kho admitted he agreed to distribute more than 110 pounds of marijuana and quantities of cocaine in the Cedar Rapids area between 2011 and 2016.

All the cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Reinert and was investigated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force program of the U.S. Department of Justice through a cooperative effort of Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force; Linn County Sheriff’s Office; Cedar Rapids and Marion police departments; and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

l Comments: (319) 398-8318; trish.mehaffey@thegazette.com

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