WASHINGTON: Two Tacoma men associated with medical marijuana dispensaries in the South Sound were arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court, charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
James Canyon Lucas and Matthew Ira Eliott Roberts entered pleas of not guilty and were conditionally released, pending trial, by Judge Karen Strombom. A trial date was set for April 28 in Tacoma. Judge Ronald Leighton is scheduled to hear the case.
A third defendant, Lance Edward Gloor, did not appear in court and has a warrant out for his arrest. In addition to the first two charges, Gloor is charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime.
According to the federal government, the defendants were associated with medical marijuana dispensaries the Drug Enforcement Agency raided in fall 2011 and July 2013.