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updated: 3/16/2014 10:54 AM

Glen Ellyn man sentenced to 15 years in prison after federal drug probe

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A Glen Ellyn man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for his role in an interstate marijuana-distribution operation, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

William Brock, 37, was sentenced Friday in Sacramento, Calif. A jury there convicted Brock in November of conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, authorities said. Brock's marijuana operation included a warehouse that he rented in North Highlands, Calif., according to a news release issued by Benjamin B. Wagner, U.S. attorney of the Eastern District of California.

Brock had been the subject of an interstate drug investigation that was conducted by the Will County Sheriff's Department. Will County officers tracked Brock to the warehouse in California, authorities said.

In the warehouse, police found more than 300 pounds of processed marijuana packed in double-vacuum-sealed bags. More marijuana -- an additional 200 pounds -- was found in a van that Brock rode in to get to the warehouse, authorities said.

In Illinois, Will County officers searched a storage unit belonging to Brock as well as his home. They found processed marijuana, more than $150,000 in cash and more than $1 million in silver bullion and gold and silver coins, authorities said.

In addition to the prison time, Brock was fined $250,000 at his sentencing hearing.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, the City of Folsom Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration collaborated with the Will County Sheriff's Department on the investigation.

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