Nader Yanis was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of supervised probation Monday for conspiracy to sell 50 kilograms/110 pounds or more of a substance containing a detectable amount of marijuana.

Yanis, 24, and his father, Osama Yanis, 50, were both arrested in Feb. 2018 after law enforcement officers saw the elder Yanis accept the delivery of a crate at his home. It contained 72 pounds of high-grade marijuana. Shortly after the delivery, Nader Yanis left his father's home with a bag and drove away. He was arrested during a traffic stop where officers found him in possession of marijuana and cocaine, according to previous Missourian reporting.

His father was arrested after officers searched his home and found 33 pounds of marijuana hidden in a bedroom closet and an HVAC closet, at least four guns and a large sum of cash. Osama Yanis also turned over about $19,000 in cash to officers upon his arrest, according to previous Missourian reporting.

Don Ledford, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney General’s office, said a commercial shipper in Nashville tipped off law enforcement about two suspicious crates addressed to another person living in Yanis' home. Together, the crates contained a little more than 120 pounds of high-grade marijuana. 

Nader Yanis pleaded guilty to the crime in January, according to court documents from U.S. District Court of Western Missouri. He was previously charged with one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Osama Yanis pleaded guilty one month earlier.

Osama Yanis was the owner of Coffee Zone on Ninth Street in downtown Columbia for years.

  • Marcelle Peters is an Assistant City Editor. She will graduate with her master's degree in journalism at the University of Missouri in May 2020. marcellepeters@mail.missouri.edu

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