FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The man who admitted to being involved in a major marijuana trafficking ring was sentenced to 14 years in prison, as per the terms of his plea agreement.
Michael Fabini pleaded guilty to two charges in November 2014: conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana along with selling drugs for money. As part of the plea deal, 42 of the 44 charges Fabini initially faced were dismissed. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Thursday. According to Fabini’s attorney, inmates are required to serve 85 percent of their sentences in the federal system. Once he is released, Fabini will be on supervised probation for five years.
Fabini is also set to lose his house, personal items, $5 million, and several 529 college planning accounts under the terms of the plea deal. Many of those personal items will be auctioned off.
Until Fabini pleaded guilty, he apparently had family believing all of the money he had was from his lawn care business. In fact, his former stepbrother told WANE”s cameras back in March 2013 he thought his brother was innocent.
Attorney representing the government say the lawn care business was a front for the drug trafficking. The Allen County Drug Task Force and FBI had been investigating his leadership role in the drug trafficking ring since the fall of 2007.
December 2012 raids and subsequent charges
Fabini, along two other men, were accused of being involved in operating a marijuana distribution operation at a home at 5603 Kohard Place from October 8, 2009 to November of 2011. In October, Marshall Butler pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against Fabini. In November, Fabini agreed to plead guilty as well. The third man, Jamison Gudorf, was sentenced to 27 months in prison in February 2014.
Fabini, Butler and Gudorf were arrested after police raided nine locations, including Fabini’s Cherry Hill subdivision home, in December of 2012. In February 2013, Fabini was indicted on more than 40 charges of drug trafficking, money laundering and unlawful financial transactions.
Another person, Matthew J. McChesney, was involved in the drug trafficking operation according to authorities. He’s serving 27 years in prison after more than three-and-a-half tons of marijuana worth an estimated $6 million was found at a home on Antwerp Road in 2008.