Marijuana Prisoners, De-Facto Life Sentence: Maurice “Moe” Foley, #20211-068
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 700 – 1000 kilos of marijuana, plus 5 years for owning a gun which was locked in a safe.
Sentence: 27 1/2 years
Incarcerated Since: 2003
Priors: Juvenile offense for petty theft; possession of marijuana.
Date of Birth: 3-9-1973
About Moe Foley and His Case, De-Facto Life for Marijuana
Despite the fact that he his no history of violence, Moe Foley’s lifelong love affair with Mary Jane has kept him in trouble with the law for most of his life. He grew up in Pennsylvania but moved to California in the early 90s. Constantly getting in trouble for marijuana, he ran from county probation officers. Someone “snitched” on him and he was arrested, but not before authorities found 75 pounds of marijuana in his garage. During this time Moe had been distributing marijuana, first by sending a pound or two of marijuana back home by mail, but eventually graduating to shipping hundreds of pounds per shipment.
While he was in state prison on the probation violation, the feds built a strong case against him. People Foley considered close friends sold him out in order to receive reduced, or in some cases no, prison time. But Moe Foley never never turned on anyone. His refusal to “cooperate” earned a 27 1/2 year sentence. All of his 7 co-defendants have long been released and have been off probation years ago. Moe was recently granted a sentence reduction of 6 years, yet his ultimate hope is in executive clemency which would release him immediately.