Crime & Courts

Head of Charlotte weed ring gets 25 years

The convicted head of a drug ring responsible bringing more than a ton of marijuana to Charlotte was sent to prison Tuesday, just as his father was earlier in the case.

Ryan Tucker, 31, was ordered to serve 292 months, followed by 10 years of supervised release.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Tucker ran a six-year network of couriers who imported well over 2,000 pounds of marijuana from California. Prosecutors also say Tucker laundered more than $1.7 million in drug proceeds.

His father, retired SBI narcotics officer Frederick Elwood Tucker, worked as one of the couriers. The ring used a private jet as well as commercial freight carriers and other vehicles to move their product.

The elder Tucker, 69, was sentenced earlier to more than three years in prison and three years supervised release.

U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney sent Ryan Tucker away for a far longer term because of his leadership role in the drug ring, long criminal history and possession of firearms. Prosecutors say he also shot and killed a would-be robber at his home who was looking for drugs or drug money, although there were no charges in that case.

The arrests followed a joint operation by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service.

Their pet code name for the effort:

“All Tuckered Out.”

Michael Gordon: 704-358-5095, @MikeGordonOBS