An Algonquin man who possessed over 100 pounds of cannabis and laundered more than $1 million from drug sales has been sentenced to 13 years in prison but will only be required to serve four years.
Christopher J. Galie, 36, of the 1400 block of North Harrison Street in Algonquin, was charged with 12 counts of money laundering, unlawful calculated criminal cannabis conspiracy, unlawful possession with intent to deliver cannabis, unlawful possession of cannabis and violation of bail bond.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force arrested Galie and his wife, Kerriann Galie, in July 2019 after they were allegedly found in possession of over 100 pounds of marijuana, according to court documents.
Prosecutors said at the time that the drugs were worth approximately $470,000.
The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office said the sheriff’s office began investigating the couple in June 2019 after learning about the sale of bulk amounts of cannabis in the McHenry County area.
The sheriff’s office also launched a money laundering investigation that found Christopher Galie laundered over $1 million from drug proceeds over the course of several years, prosecutors said.
Officers tracked the money laundering through multiple cryptocurrency exchanges based in the United States, Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands and the Netherlands.
The sheriff’s office seized approximately $650,000 worth of cryptocurrency, $250,000 in United States currency, and other assests including gold and silver bars that total $150,000.
All of the proceeds seized were foreited to the State of Illinois under the Drug Assest Forfeiture Act.
Christopher Galie posted bond following his 2019 arrest but was arrested again in 2020 after he allegedly laundered over $100,000 while on bond, according to a motion filed by prosecutors.
Galie pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of unlawful possession of cannabis, a Class 1 felony, and one count of money laundering, a Class 1 felony. Prosecutors dismissed his other charges as part of the plea deal.
McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge sentenced Galie to serve eight years in prison on the unlawful possession of cannabis charge, which will be served at 50%.
Coppedge also sentenced Galie to four years in prison on the money laundering charge, which will be served at 75%.
Both sentences will be served concurrently, meaning they will be served at the same time and he will serve four years in prison in total.
The case against Kerriann Galie remains open and a status on a trial date hearing is scheduled for July 29.