ST. LOUIS — A Missouri man faces a decade to life in prison after being convicted of playing a leading role in a drug plot that authorities say brought more than a ton of marijuana to St. Louis and Boston.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a federal jury found 31-year-old Thomas G. Anderson Jr. of St. Louis County guilty Wednesday of conspiracy counts related to drug trafficking and money laundering.

Prosecutors say Anderson led a conspiracy that bought marijuana in California, and that his co-conspirators had it shipped, driven or flown to St. Louis and Boston.

Anderson’s lawyer, Justin Gelfand, told jurors Wednesday that his client wasn’t the kingpin portrayed by prosecutors but was blamed by co-defendants and others in a bid for leniency.

Anderson’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 21.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com