- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man accused of transporting or shipping over $1.5 million in drug trafficking money has pleaded guilty to federal drug and money laundering charges in Ohio.

Justice Department officials say 25-year-old Samuel Flek, of Orangevale, California, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Columbus.

Court documents say a drug organization began paying Flek in 2012 to travel to Columbus to transport narcotics money from Ohio to California. He stored it in his luggage on flights and sometimes shipped it, investigators say. He’s also accused of transporting marijuana from Columbus to Dayton.

Authorities say Flek could be facing decades in prison. Flek’s attorney, Steve Nolder, says Flek hasn’t been in trouble before, and he’ll argue for a “reasonable sentence.”

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