Maffett Pound -- #09064-042

20 Years -- Marijuana Conspiracy

Maffett Pound, prisoner of the drug war
For years, Maffett Pound and several of his friends sold marijuana at cost amongst themselves, depending on who could find a supplier at any given time. In 1989, police arrested one of these friends, who then became an informant. This friend then set up another member of the group, who in turn squealed on a third person.

All three of these people mentioned Maffett's name as a marijuana source. After the police tried and failed to set up a controlled buy from Maffett, a group of over 20 cops, both state and federal, tore apart Maffett's home and found a tenth of a gram of marijuana. They arrested Maffett and his wife. Maffett, on the basis of his alleged involvement with 300 pounds of marijuana, received a 20-year sentence for a crime that was supposed to apply only for drug kingpins. This was Maffett's first offense, and there were no guns or violence included in the case.

For the quantity of marijuana involved, the guideline sentence should have been 63-78 months for the charge, a level 26 offense. Even with a few points added for being the leader of a conspiracy, Maffett's sentence should be less then half of his current sentence.

Maffett's wife received 63 months. None of the other people involved in the case was ever prosecuted or brought to trial because they informed on the Pounds. There were all given totoal immunity.

The Pounds have one daughter and one son, both of whom are in their early 20's. For 18 years, Maffett developed the property where the family lived and transformed it from an undeveloped area into a complete outdoor park and recreational area, raising its worth from $25, 000 to approximately $1,000,000. The Pounds lost this business to civil forfeiture, along with $250,000 worth of assets.

After Maffett's wife served 63 months for playing her part in the "conspiracy," she divorced him. He doesn't blame her. Seven more years is a long time to wait. They parted amicably and on good terms. "Having gone through so much pain and trials and tribulations our relationship may not have ever been the same as it was before," says Maffett," who is "okay with it" but says it makes him "sad." Another marriage and family and honest business destroyed by the drug war.