A Pinehurst man was sentenced Thursday to 20 months in prison on federal drug and money laundering charges.
Michael Haas, who was arrested while playing golf on Pinehurst No. 2 in August 2015, is to report to an unspecified federal prison on Jan. 1, according to records in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District. The 20-month sentences on each count are to run concurrently. He will then be on supervised released for three years.
Haas, 55, was one of five members of a marijuana and money laundering organization who received active prison sentences from U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle.
More than 600 pounds of marijuana was distributed to customers in North Carolina, Virginia and Hawaii, with more than $1.8 million in drug proceeds laundered through various bank accounts in amounts less than $10,000 to evade the federal transaction reporting requirement, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon Jr. for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Co-conspirator — Alexander Ferguson, 31, of Suffolk, Va., who cooperated with