Former Puget Sound pot shop owner sentenced to 10 years in prison

A Gig Harbor man who illegally ran four Puget Sound marijuana shops was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.

Lance Edward Gloor, 37, was convicted in January of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and manufacturing marijuana after a jury deliberated four hours.

The jury couldn’t reach a verdict on a charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering and acquitted him of a count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Gloor was known in the medical marijuana world as the operator of Tacoma Cross, Lacey Cross, Seattle Cross and KPN Cross on the Key Peninsula. He said they were nonprofit dispensaries.

Federal prosecutors said the four pot shops generated millions and did not follow state requirements for medical marijuana dispensaries.

They were opened while Gloor awaited trial after investigators found a gun and 70 marijuana plants in his home in 2010.

“Far from being a marijuana crusader helping sick people, this defendant was nothing but a black marketer,” U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes said.

“Despite repeated notice that his marijuana business was illegal under state and federal law, he continued to use lies, threats and intimidation to try and cover his tracks and make as much money as he could.”

Co-defendants James Lucas and Matthew Roberts pleaded guilty in January 2015 to conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Lucas also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Both await sentencing.

A defense attorney argued Lucas gave Gloor seed money to start two of the businesses but said the men didn’t conspire together to distribute marijuana.

After warrants were served at the pot shops in 2011, Gloor told investigators he was getting out of the marijuana business.

In 2013, another round of warrants showed Gloor still was operating two dispensaries but tried to hide his involvement, prosecutors said.

“Mr. Gloor is a flim-flam man,” U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said during the sentencing. “He manipulates those around him. He, at the end of the day, persists at flaunting the basic, everyday rules.”

Gloor also allegedly intimidated witnesses via text message and social media.

He was arrested in April and held at the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac after repeatedly violating court orders related to his conditions of release.

Prosecutors alleged Gloor used profits from the dispensaries to support a lavish lifestyle, including a $500,000 house in Gig Harbor that he leased under a rent-to-own agreement.

He eventually moved to Las Vegas, where records show Gloor operated the pot shops remotely and had employees send him marijuana from Washington and deposit proceeds into other people’s bank accounts for him to access.

The four dispensaries distributed and planned to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, which is more than is allowed by state law, according to a trial brief.

They grossed about $8 million over two years, the brief stated.

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