A Boise man arrested earlier this year for his involvement in a synthetic marijuana operation has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to launder money.
William B. Mabry, 45, appeared in U.S. District Court on Tuesday. He now faces as many as 20 years in prison and fines of $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the illegal transactions, whichever is greater, according to a release from the U.S. Attorneys Office in Idaho.
His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 4 at the federal courthouse in Boise.
Mabry and co-defendants Mark A. Ciccarello, Robert A. Eoff, Troy L. Palmer and Holly F. Ciccarello were indicted in May by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance analogue; conspiracy to smuggle goods into the U.S.; conspiracy to sell and transport drug paraphernalia; and conspiracy to launder money.
According to the indictment, the five defendants imported chemicals from China used to make spice, a synthetic marijuana. The indictment also accuses them of selling and transporting the drug and laundering the money they made from sales of the drug.
The cases of the other four co-defendants are scheduled for trial Oct. 22.