Five Moline men are facing federal marijuana trafficking charges.

A federal indictment against the men was unsealed Friday as the men made their first appearances in U.S. District Court Rock Island.

According to the indictment, each of the men is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute at least 100 kilograms, or 220 pounds, of marijuana in Rock Island County.

Charged are Aaron Michael Lannoo, 33; Dylan J. Kenney, 26; David Scott Herkert, 46; Daniel J. Olds, 35; and Todd Richard Brown, 36.

Brown is currently serving a four-year prison sentence in the Sheridan (Ill.) Correctional Facility, after pleading guilty Jan. 26, to a charge of possession with the intent to deliver cannabis. Brown was arrested on the charge in October 2011. He pleaded guilty to the charge during a hearing in Rock Island County Circuit Court.

The indictment alleges that beginning in 2010 and continuing until Oct. 17, 2012, the men conspired together and with others to distribute at least 100 kilograms of marijuana in Rock Island County and elsewhere.

The charge carries a minimum prison sentence of five years and a maximum of up to 40 years. However, if there is a prior felony drug conviction, the prison sentence can run from a minimum of 10 years to a maximum of life.

In a separate case, Kelly Densberger, 25, is charged with possession with the intent to distribute at least 10 grams of LSD on or about Sept. 12.

If convicted, Densberger faces a minimum mandatory prison sentence of 10 years and a possible sentence of life. A prior felony drug conviction would raise the penalty to a minimum 20 years in prison.

Except for Brown, all of those charged appeared in U.S. District Court, Rock Island, before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Shields. Lannoo, Olds, and Densberger were released on bond pending trial.

Lannoo and Olds were ordered detained pending detention hearings Nov. 1 before Magistrate Judge John Gorman in U.S. District Court, Peoria.

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With states Having the legalization of Marijuana on their ballots in a few days... This is truly sad. These men will be spending large periods of their lives in prison for what??? Our last 3 presidents smoked marijuana. Marijuana isn't as bad as alcohol. Marijuana has never caused a death from overdose... can't say the same thing about aspirin or even energy drinks... When will people pull their heads out of the dark smelly place and stop criminalizing people that do no harm... Police don't get punished as severely for abuse of authority or brutality. The only thing I can hope for for these men is Jury Nullification..

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