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Virgil Grant POW #47375-112

posted Jan 28, 2013, 5:35 AM by The Editor   [ updated Jan 28, 2013, 5:38 AM ]
Virgil Grant #47375-112
FCI Terminal Island
P.O. Box 3007
San Pedro, CA 90731

Medical marijuana provider Virgil Grant III came to the attention of law enforcement in December 2007, when marijuana from one of his Los Angeles dispensaries was found in the possession of a young driver responsible for a fatal car accident.  Although Virgil had nothing to do with the accident beyond this tenuous association, the investigation triggered events that put him squarely in the cross-hairs of federal prosecutors. 

Along with his wife Pshyra, Virgil was arrested in May 2008 on federal charges of running a drug-involved facility, money laundering and drug conspiracy.  These charges put the Grants in a difficult spot – although there was some hope that there would be a change of law once a new U.S. President took office, defendants in federal court have been unable to fight their charges by showing that they complied with state medical marijuana laws. 

However, the Grants’ case never went to trial – instead, federal prosecutors offered Virgil a deal in which the charges against Pshyra would be dropped if he pled guilty to conspiracy to possess and distribute marijuana.  As a loving husband and father, Virgil was unable to pass up such a deal.  He took the guilty plea, and in March 2010, Virgil was sentenced to six years in federal prison.