Columbia man pleads guilty to marijuana trafficking

1 year 3 weeks 4 days ago Tuesday, January 29 2019 Jan 29, 2019 Tuesday, January 29, 2019 3:51:00 PM CST January 29, 2019 in News
By: Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - A Columbia man pleaded guilty in federal court to marijuana trafficking. 

Prosecutors say Nader Yanis, 24, pleaded guilty to a charge in a March 1, 2018 federal indictment.

His father, 49-year-old Osama Yanis, pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy, as well as possessing firearms. 

Officers arrested both men in February 2018 after witnessing the delivery of a crate containing 72 pounds of high-grade marijuana. Officers also discovered 33 more pounds of marijuana and eight firearms inside the residence.

Officers seized $72,000 from a gun safe and Osama Yanis turned over an additional $20,042 that was in his possession.

A few days prior, officers were notified of two suspicious shipments that were sent to a different person at the same address. One crate contained about 50 pounds of marijuana and the second crate contained 72 pounds of high-grade marijuana, the latter of which was delivered to Osama Yanis's residence in Columbia. 

Osama was seen accepting the delivery and Nader arrived at the residence shortly after. Nader then left the residence about 15 minutes later and was arrested during a vehicle stop.

Nader is subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal position without the possibility of parole. 

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