- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A man authorities say trafficked marijuana illegally under the guise of running medical pot dispensaries in the Puget Sound region has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for drug distribution.

The U.S. Department of Justice says in a statement Lance Edward Gloor, 37, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, and also received 5 years of supervised release in addition to his prison time.

Authorities say Gloor had four dispensaries he claimed were non-profits, but were actually businesses making millions of dollars and not operating under state law. The dispensaries were in Tacoma, Lacey, Seattle and on the Kitsap Peninsula, and authorities say he ran them for several years despite “repeated notice” that the dispensaries were illegal.

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