Dealer Sold More Drugs Than Cars Featured
16 March 2017
A Louisiana used-car dealer, who authorities say was also a large-scale narcotics dealer, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.Gross Williams had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin and five kilograms or more of cocaine, as well as illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Williams was sentenced to 276 months imprisonment on the drug conspiracy and 120 months on the gun charge, to run concurrently. He was also fined $20,000 and placed on 10 years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.Williams operated a used-car business in Arabi that served as a cover and means of laundering his drug proceeds. Law enforcement officers seized over $425,000 in cash and a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol from Williams’ bedroom during a search, and later discovered another $240,000 in cash in a safe deposit box that Williams’ wife, Kathleen, had opened in her name. Through a detailed financial investigation, law enforcement was able to show that Williams deposited hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash into the bank accounts of his used-car business despite selling only a few midrange models each year. Kathleen Williams also admitted that she destroyed her husband’s “dope phone” the day that he was arrested. She was sentenced to four years of probation, with the initial nine months to be on house arrest.