FORT WORTH — A Fort Worth woman has been sentenced to almost seven years in federal prison for her role in a drug-trafficking operation that mailed large quantities of marijuana from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to St. Croix.Two other people also have been sentenced and a fourth person is scheduled for sentencing in October.April Michelle Greene, 37, of Fort Worth was sentenced this week to 61/2 years on a federal charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. She had pleaded guilty to the charge in November. Just a few weeks ago, Neil Nick Rene, 37, of Duncanville was sentenced to 121/2 years in prison after his guilty plea in October. He was convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.In May, Kareem Ambrose, 33, was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $1,000 for possession of a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty in April.Carl G. Schou, 48, of Fort Worth pleaded guilty in November to the charges of distribution and money laundering, and he will be sentenced in October.Federal agents say that Greene, Rene and Schou sold and mailed marijuana from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to buyers in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands in an enterprise that lasted from December of 2009 until March of 2012. Ambrose was stopped by authorities in St. Croix with a package that contained more than 2 pounds of marijuana that had been mailed to him from North Texas.According to federal court documents, Greene, Rene and Schou mailed parcels of marijuana — each weighing about 2 to 5 pounds — from various post offices in the area to buyers in St. Croix. Fictitious return addresses were used on the drug parcels, federal agents say.In return for the drug parcels, buyers would mail defendants parcels with proceeds from the marijuana sales in the form of U.S. postal money orders, records indicate.At times, Rene and Schou used false information on return addresses and would have their money mailed to a third-party, federal agents say. Schou or Greene would then deposit the money orders into their personal bank accounts or cash them at their own banks, at check-cashing businesses or at a U.S. postal facility, according to the court documents.
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