Columbia man convicted in drug-trafficking conspiracy

Friday, March 18, 2011 | 1:39 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The federal court convicted a Columbia man for conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

According to a release from the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri, Eric Scott McCauley, 29, was found guilty Wednesday.

He was indicted in March 2007 after one of Columbia police’s largest seizures of marijuana. On Feb. 7, 2007, police searched a house and found more than 240 pounds of marijuana, according to the release.

Evidence presented during the trial indicated that McCauley led the conspiracy in Boone County from 2005 to December 2008.

Co-defendants Robert Allen Hocks and Galen Cutter Baxley have pleaded guilty to conspiring in the drug trafficking. In Dec. 2008, officers discovered approximately 12 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of Baxley and McCauley’s vehicle, the release stated.

In addition to the drug-trafficking conspiracy, McCauley was also convicted of:

  • 24 counts of money laundering related to transferring funds from the drug-trafficking conspiracy or conducting financial transactions that were designed to conceal the location of drug-trafficking proceeds.
  • Two counts of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute.
  • One count of distributing marijuana.

McCauley could serve anywhere between five years in federal prison without parole to 45 years in federal prison without parole, under federal statutes.

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