U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Arizona
District of Arizona
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Dennis K. Burke, United States Attorney
Contact: Robbie Sherwood, Public Affairs
Tucson Man Sentenced to Serve 15 Years for Firearms and Drug Offenses
TUCSON — U.S. District Court Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr. on Monday sentenced Jack Martin Vose of Tucson, to 15 years imprisonment for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. Vose, 57, was convicted by a jury of his offenses on December 14, 2010 following a trial.
Co–defendant Richard Ryan Romero, 26, of Tucson, was also sentenced on Monday following his jury conviction for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Romero was sentenced to over eight years in prison. Co–defendant Lance Wayne Roberson, 24, of Tucson, pleaded guilty to his offense of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and was sentenced to five years in prison on July 19, 2010.
On June 7, 2007, Pima County Sheriff’s Department deputies observed a strong odor of marijuana coming from Vose’s residence, and obtained a search warrant for the residence. The deputies discovered 871 pounds of marijuana and 63 firearms inside. Roberson was also present at the residence and it was discovered that he and Romero had been staying at the residence as well. Vose – who was not present at the time the search warrant was executed – claimed at trial that he had not been staying at the residence and was unaware of the marijuana and firearms inside. However, the evidence presented at trial established that Vose had been staying at the residence and was seen at the residence earlier the same day, was directly involved in the marijuana trafficking venture, and possessed firearms in furtherance of the operation. Romero – who was outside of the residence at the time the search warrant was executed – also claimed he was unaware of the marijuana inside, but the evidence established that Romero was directly involved in marijuana trafficking as well.
The investigation leading to the conviction was conducted by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The prosecution was handled by Angela Woolridge, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
CASE NUMBER: CR–09–0734–TUC
RELEASE NUMBER: 2011–066(Vose)