Lawrence man sentenced to over 16 years in federal prison for marijuana trafficking

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A Lawrence man was sentenced Tuesday to 201 months in federal prison in a marijuana trafficking case. He also was sentenced to a consecutive 30 months on a supervised release violation in a prior case.

According to a release from the Office of U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, Roosevelt Rico Dahda, 33, of Lawrence, Kan., was convicted in a jury trial in July of last year on conspiracy, using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of Holcomb Sports Complex in Lawrence.

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence Dahda was a member of a drug trafficking organization that was responsible distributing $16.9 million worth of marijuana in the Lawrence area. Starting in 2008 law enforcement agencies began receiving information that Dahda’s brother and co-defendant, Los Rovell Dahda, was distributing marijuana in the Lawrence area. When Roosevelt Dahda was released from prison in November 2010 in a prior case, he joined his brother in the trafficking organization.

According to the release, the Dahdas used a business they owned in Lawrence, called Gran-Daddy’s BBQ at 1447 West 23rd Street, as well as other properties to receive, store and process marijuana for distribution.

The Dahdas bought marijuana from suppliers in California for $1,800 a pound to $2,800 a pound and sold it in the Lawrence for $3,500 to $4,800 a pound. It is estimated the traffickers distributed more than 8,000 pounds of marijuana from 2005 to 2012.

Los Rovell Dahda is currently awaiting sentencing.