Jul 22, 2013 6:57 PM by Associated Press

SoCal man gets 22-year term for marijuana sales

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A San Clemente man has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in federal prison for selling more than a ton of marijuana from nine illegal storefronts in Southern California.

Federal prosecutors said Monday that John Melvin Walker also pleaded guilty to tax evasion and was ordered to pay $4.2 million in restitution to the government.

The 56-year-old Walker pleaded guilty in April to two felony counts for conspiring to distribute marijuana and maintaining locations to sell drugs in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Prosecutors call Walker the "kingpin" of a criminal enterprise that traded in narcotics, firearms and money and generated at least $25 million in profits.

The government also seized Walker's $1.7 million San Clemente home and multiple mobile homes in the resort community of Mammoth Lakes.


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