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Pot trafficking lands prison time for Ashland man

An Ashland man will serve nearly four years in federal prison for his role trafficking hundreds of pounds of marijuana grown in Southern Oregon to other parts of the country.

Daniel Stewart Gregg, 67, was sentenced to three years, 11 months in prison Thursday in U.S. District Court in Medford for his involvement in a black market marijuana operation in which authorities seized more than 350 pounds of pot in Illinois and $153,000 cash in North Carolina, according to a release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The three-state investigation started in 2015, after Illinois law enforcement intercepted a 354-pound pot shipment, according to court documents. After investigators seized $153,200 from an unnamed courier’s home in North Carolina and persuaded the courier to cooperate with law enforcement, authorities learned Gregg arranged the shipment estimated to be worth $885,000.

The courier helped investigators ensnare Gregg in an undercover sting in 2016 by using a coded letter offering him $2,500 per pound for black market marijuana, according to federal prosecutors, which led to Gregg’s 2016 arrest in North Carolina.

Investigators found 16 pounds of marijuana belonging to Gregg, and say Gregg shipped another 5.7 pounds of marijuana from Southern Oregon to himself.

Gregg pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute a controlled substance in June 2018, admitting to his involvement in the scheme between January 2014 and April 2017, and U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ordered Gregg Thursday to start serving his 47-month prison sentence before Aug. 23.

U.S. attorneys say Gregg has marijuana and drug convictions spanning nearly five decades, listing marijuana possession convictions from 1970 and 1975, a 2004 federal conviction for distributing psychedelic mushrooms — for which Gregg served 15 months — and a 2012 conviction for selling marijuana.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.