Four people pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to taking part in a marijuana distribution and money laundering scheme.
Damarcus Hennings, 25; Shaquata Hennings, 30; Shahana Beaver, 25; and Janice Humphrey, 28, all of Buffalo, each face a maximum sentence of five years in prison on the charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Demarcus and Shaquata Hennings and Janice Humphrey pleaded guilty to additional crimes. Demarcus Hennings also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. A conviction carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of life, which Hennings must serve consecutively to any sentence imposed on his drug conviction.
Shaquata Hennings also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering, with the possibility of 20 years in prison.
Janice Humphrey pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug involved premises, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Between April and September 2015, the four conspired to ship, receive and distribute more than 50 packages containing marijuana from Denver to Buffalo, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel, who is handling the case. They also conspired to send the cash proceeds from the marijuana sales back to their marijuana supply source in Denver, Pimentel said.