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Metro East men get prison time for multistate marijuana conspiracy


East St. Louis, Ill. – Two East St. Louis men charged with helping to distribute more than a ton of marijuana have been sentenced to federal prison.

Recardo Bonner, 39, and 31-year-old Vernon Lowery entered guilty pleas in May.

Bonner has been sentenced to 11 years in prison; Lowery got 3 years and 10 months .

The two were among 14 people who've been convicted in a multistate marijuana distribution scheme.

Prosecutors say the conspirators transported Mexican pot from Arizona to Illinois, Missouri and Ohio, where it was passed to local distributors.