Three men are headed to federal prison for their roles in a marijuana trafficking organization. Thirty-six-year-old Jesse Tolen, 38-year-old Shannon Ehlts and 29-year-old Corey Marx all pled guilty to conspiracy to distributing marijuana for the effort to bring high-priced marijuana form Colorado and California into Iowa.
Tolen also pled guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering, and was sentenced to two years in prison. Ehlts was sentenced to nine months in prison and Marx to eight months in prison and two months of home detention.
They are the last of 12 people to be sentence for their role in the marijuana trafficking ring that was uncovered through a DEA investigation that involved wiretaps and multiple cell phones.
Tolen is from Castella, California, Ehlts is from Lowden and Marx is from Cedar Rapids.