A northeast Iowa man has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for selling at least one ton of marijuana over the past two to three years.

Twenty-three-year-old Russell Hebert of Ely had pleaded guilty in November of last year to conspiracy to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to launder the proceeds of unlawful drug trafficking, maintaining a drug-involved premises, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and being a drug user in possession of firearms.

Herbert admitted in federal court that he participated in the distribution of at least one-thousand kilograms (over two-thousand pounds) of marijuana. The pot was dropped off at Herbert’s Ely home by his supplier for him to sell. In July of 2004, law officers executed a search warrant and found about five pounds of marijuana and firearms at his home. Herbert was sentenced in federal court to 102 months in prison.