SANTA ANA — Daniel James Fowlie, convicted kingpin of one of the nation's largest marijuana trafficking operations, was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison and fined $1 million.
Fowlie, who has been the target of federal and local drug investigations for about 20 years, was convicted of running a drug operation from a remote ranch straddling the Orange County and Riverside County line. Federal prosecutors say the operation generated $40 million in income between late 1981 and 1985.
"He is someone who has worked hard in the commodities business to earn this type of sentence," said U. S. District Judge Alicemarie Stotler. "Only the commodity he chose happened to be marijuana."
Authorities say Fowlie built a warehouse with an underground tank at his ranch and organized other warehouses for the storage of tons of marijuana imported from a major Mexican drug cartel.