GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A woman convicted of running an illegal medical marijuana dispensary north of Grand Rapids was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail and placed on probation for three years.
A Kent County jury in October found Susan Maria Bond guilty of racketeering and conducting a criminal enterprise for a marijuana dispensary authorities say raked in millions of dollars.
In addition to jail and probation, Kent County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Rossi slapped her with a $25,000 fine. The judge also ordered that Bond perform 50 hours of community service.
Bond, 52, was facing up to 20 years in prison for racketeering and conducting a criminal enterprise. Terms of her sentence allows for possible early release from jail.
Kent County jurors found the 52-year-old paralegal guilty of five charges for a business shuttered last year on Plainfield Avenue near Five Mile Road NE. Her trial lasted two weeks.
Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Boer said Bond headed the multi-million-dollar marijuana business in Kent County’s Plainfield Township. The Provision Center was among seven locations visited by the Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team in November, 2016.
Defense attorney Michael Komorn said Bond did nothing illegal. The investigation was launched after Bond called police to report embezzlement from her business, he said.
Members of the Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team launched the probe in the summer of 2016. Between Aug. 1 and Oct. 14, 2016, the business took in more than $647,000; Bond pocketed about $137,000, Boer said.
Bond used proceeds to pay rent and salaries and invest in supplies, Boer said.
In addition to racketeering and conducting a criminal enterprise, jurors convicted Bond of two counts of delivery/manufacture of marijuana, a four-year felony, and maintaining a drug house, which carries a two-year term.
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