FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A man who was accused of being involved in a major marijuana trafficking ring agreed to plead guilty Friday. In 2012, the FBI raided several locations in Fort Wayne and found thousands of pounds of marijuana and millions of dollars in cash.
Michael Fabini pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana and selling drugs for money. Fabini faces a maximum of 14 years in prison. He’s also facing multiple fines that will not total more than $10.5 million. He entered his plea a week after one of the men involved agreed to testify against him.
Earlier in October, Marshall Butler agreed to plead guilty to operating a marijuana distribution operation of a home located at 5603 Kohard Place from October 8, 2009 to November of 2011. In exchange for the guilty plea, Butler agreed to testify against Fabini.
Fabini, Butler and another man, Jamison Gudorf, were arrested after police raided the locations. Gudorf was sentenced to 27 months in prison back in February.
In February of 2013, Fabini was indicted on more than 40 charges of drug trafficking, money laundering and unlawful financial transactions.
In March of 2013, a federal attorney said that Fabini spent $1.7 million he made from drug trafficking between 2009 and 2012.
A date has not been set for when Fabini or Butler will be sentenced.