EUGENE, Ore. -- A Springfield man pleaded guilty Tuesday to shipping marijuana out of state in Styrofoam rocks.
“Illegal export continues to plague Oregon’s under-regulated and insufficiently enforced state laws governing state-licensed marijuana,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Springfield police began investigating Curran Millican Manzer, 37, in September 2017 after the United Parcel Service reported that packages Manzer shipped to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, smelled strongly of pot.
Manzer sent additional packages to Oklahoma City the following month, also believed to contain marijuana. In the same time frame, Manzer received several packages containing cash.
In November 2017, police obtained a search warrant for packages sent or received by Manzer via UPS.
Police conducted surveillance at a UPS store in Springfield and saw Manzer drop off six packages for shipment to Oklahoma City. A canine unit responded.
Police searched the packages and found six large, Styrofoam rocks containing 143 pounds of marijuana.
Manzer faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and a three-year term of supervised release.
The sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 26.
As part of the plea agreement, Manzer will forfeit criminally-derived proceeds and property used to facilitate his crimes prior to sentencing.