A former Buffalo resident now living in Atlanta, Georgia, today was spared additional jail time by Chief U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny on her conspiracy conviction linked to Buffalo to Arizona marijuana ring broken up here three years ago.
Jacquelyn Witman, 32, The third suspect in the ring convicted and the first to face sentencing, received time served for the brief jail term she had three years ago. The judge also ordered her to serve six months of monitored home detention and then two years of supervised release.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch said that between 2010 and February 2011 Witman played an active role in the pot ring. As she was attempting to board a plane at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport for a flight to Arizona Feb. 21, 2011 security screeners found she was carrying $21,150 in U.S. currency which she eventually admitted were proceeds from pot sales.
The joint probe of the ring by federal agencies and the Buffalo Police, Erie County Sheriff’s Department, Niagara Transit Authority Police and police agencies in Arizona and Oklahoma led to the seizures three years ago of about $1 million in currency from Witman and other ring members.
Shane Grafman and Elijah Chaffino, both of Arizona, have already been convicted in the pot ring probe and are awaiting sentencing. Still facing trial in the case are Jordan Ali of Alden and Jason Nati and Gabriel Rodriguez, both of Buffalo, the prosecutor said.