A jury trial has been set in a Jackson man’s federal money laundering and drug trafficking case, according to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court of Wyoming.
Bryan Jones’ trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 9 at the Ewing T. Kerr Federal Building in Casper before Chief U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl.
A grand jury indicted Jones and three co-defendants in January for conspiracy to distribute and manufacture a metric ton of marijuana and conspiracy to launder money.
The indictment stems from Jones’ Dec. 10 arrest after a five-year investigation into what federal officials called a large drug trafficking organization.
Jones was arrested near his South Park house by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
“From January 2010, through and including December 6, 2019, in the District of Wyoming and elsewhere, the defendants Bryan Callier Jones, Jeffrey Allen Fillers, Todd Dennis Harris and Gavin James Watt, did knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully combine, conspire, confederate and agree together and with other persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury to distribute and manufacture 1000 kilograms or more of marijuana, a schedule I controlled substance,” the indictment states.
The indictment was filed Jan. 15 in the U.S. District Court of Wyoming and calls for the defendants to forfeit property if convicted.
Properties listed are a Ford Expedition and Tesla; land in Azalea and Williams, Oregon; $4,060 in cash seized from Eureka, Missouri; $4,320 in cash seized from a house in Jackson; $29,100 in cash seized from Williams, Oregon; and over $125,000 seized from various bank accounts.
“On Oct. 31, 2016, an investigation was initiated by the Drug Enforcement Administration into the Jones Drug Trafficking Organization,” court documents state. “Information received from law enforcement sources in Jackson, Wyoming, indicated that Jones was trafficking large quantities of marijuana in the Jackson, Wyoming, area.”
Investigators had been watching Jones’ South Park house while tracking flight records and bank accounts.
Jones is out on bond and has been ordered to have no contact with his co-defendants or any witnesses. He is also required to stay inside his Teton County home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day.
Officials are keeping an eye on Jones’ location with an electronic monitoring device, court records say.
Attorneys will work to get discovery filed in the case. The jury trial date is subject to change.
Jones has pleaded not guilty to the charges.