A Florida man faces felony money laundering charges after a Southern Oregon drug task force says it found six figures in cash delivered in Phoenix that’s believed to be tied to hundreds of pounds of pot shipped to the northeastern United States.
Kevin Duane Heiderman, 32, of Lake City, Florida, faces money laundering and marijuana conspiracy charges that stem from a shipment of more than $120,000 found inside a shipping crate near Phoenix Wednesday, according to documents filed by the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Before Heiderman’s arrest, the Drug Enforcement Administration had alerted MADGE about a shipment of nearly 200 pounds of marijuana sent via Old Dominion Freight Lines to Maryland, according to MADGE.
The return crate, shipped from Maryland and believed by MADGE to be associated with the East Coast shipment, was delivered Wednesday to the first block of South Grove Road in Phoenix. MADGE says it witnessed Heiderman take possession of the crate before executing a search warrant on the crate and taking Heiderman into custody.
The search warrant yielded $121,100 in cash, according to police.
Heiderman made his initial appearance Thursday afternoon in circuit court on felony charges of money laundering and conspiring to import or export marijuana.
Heiderman was released after posting bond Friday, court documents show, and granted permission to fly to his home in Florida until a hearing set for Oct. 1. He has not yet retained a lawyer, nor has he been appointed a court-appointed defense lawyer in the case.