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Former Sonar owner Dan McIntosh gets 10 years for pot conspiracy

March 20, 2014
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Photo by Frank Hamilton

Photo by Frank Hamilton

Dan McIntosh, the former Sonar nightclub co-owner who was convicted in 2012 for participating in a massive, cross-country pot conspiracy based in Baltimore, today was sentenced to the mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison, half what federal prosecutors had asked for.

“A 10-year sentence for what this man has been involved in is a very stiff sentence,” said U.S. District judge Roger Titus as he handed it down, telling McIntosh that “I have hope for you,” and that he could “emerge from this a better man. It’s up to you.”

  • Scott

    He should get 10 more for that stupid goddamn mustache.

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    Cool comment… Very insightful. Now craw back into your parents basement.

  • Scott

    Aww. So sorry I hurt your feelings beardo. Were you friends with the drug dealer who consistently ripped off bands and patrons? My condolences.

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    I’m sorry you feel slighted but dude has kids. I’m guessing you have never smoked a joint in your life?

  • Scott

    I haven’t, thanks. But even if I had there’s a considerable difference between smoking a few joints and distributing “over 100 kilograms” of pot (not to mention money laundering). Was father of the year there thinking about his kids when he was busy playing minor league Scarface? Seems like this asshat is getting what he deserves and his kids will be all the better for it.

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    There was no violence,no guns,no hard drugs,no drugs on the table and HE WASNT convicted of money laundering. I’m sorry your christian pop punk band got a shitty door deal but nobody should sit in jail for 10 years for a plant.

  • Joan Kaiss

    I love how people can be complete douche bags on the internet, and hide behind anonymity. You, are a saint, you’ve never done wrong. You probably live in your moms basement and smell like cat piss. CLEAN UP THE MOUNTAIN DEW BOTTLES AND TURN THE COMPUTER OFF!!!!

  • Scott

    Hey guys, sorry your buddy got thrown in jail. If only the laws were clearer about things like this. I’m sure it was just a big misunderstanding. Tell his kids daddy won’t be home for Christmas for the next 10 years or so, he’ll be entertaining a completely different audience than he used to.

    And all these comments about living in my parents basement are cute. I’d think most pot enthusiasts would be more supportive of such endeavors.

  • jj

    Does the ‘mandatory minimum’ mean he has to serve a full 10 years?

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    Man you’re a tool. Yes he was convicted of breaking the law but no non violent offender should get 10 years.and again you are not a great defender of justice,you are an internet troll who had a bad time at Sonar once and you have to tell the world just how butt hurt you are.

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    Federal offenders typically serve all or most of their sentence. I’m guessing the year and a half he has been locked up already are credited toward the 10.

  • Neal Page

    Dear Scott you have no idea what you’re talking about. Seriously. You don’t.

  • Mikey Mayhem

    he should get out in 8 fed law is you must serve 80% of your time. At lests that’s my understanding. & “scott” who ever you are you are a fucking scum bag. There is a special place in hell for people like you.

  • Neal Page

    I’m sorry but if you didn’t know him personally it sounds like you’ve been misinformed.

  • Scott

    Oh sorry, I read about all of the charges and convictions against him right on this very website. Same thing goes for the ironic hipster mustache. If I’m misinformed, take it up with the City Paper.

  • Scott

    Yep, I hope the dark lord holds me a seat next to all of the scumbag drug dealers.

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    Are you Dan fucking Quayle?

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    That pic is from the old Talking Head era. I’m guessing 2005? I’m sorry it causes you so much anger.

  • Scott

    Sick burn from the ’90s. You really showed me. Are you Bill fucking Cosby?

  • Scott

    I’m sorry you and your butterfaced girlfriend have to find a new dealer.

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    You are the one using “scumbag” in 2014.

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    Deep cuts from an anonymous, and apparently misogynist, nobody.

  • Carmen Hernandez

    Don’t you think it is even a little bit insane to be prosecuting people for selling MJ when half the states have legalized or are in the process of doing so?

  • Scott

    Sorry, I know that hit close to home. The truth hurts sometimes. Good for you though, you obviously can’t do any better and decided to settle for that land monster.

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    Not working dude but I’m glad to know I’ve arguing with a frat boy.

  • Scott

    You’re right, obviously not working at all.

  • Scott

    This isn’t about drugs. It’s about my christian pop punk band getting a shitty door deal. Pay attention.

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    Glad you own it

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    Done arguing with an anonymous coward.

  • Scott

    Yeah, now I’ll craw back to my parents basement.

  • Salade Légume

    2 states out of 52=1/2. Is that new stoner math?

  • Scott

    So can anyone explain why this guy learn from any of his previous felony drug convictions?

  • Carmen Hernandez

    52 states? hmmm.

  • Fart

    That guy does have an ugly girlfriend

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    Another cowardly post my an anonymous loser

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    Dude pleaded innocent and was not caught red handed so maybe he did. Thanks for inquiring its good to hear from a morally upstanding citizen like yr self.

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    Aso I’m at The Crown right now of either of you cowards want to come say it to my face

  • Christopher Stephen Toth

    A great father is in jail over a plant that will most likely be legal when he gets out. If you take any joy in that you really have issues that need to be addressed.

  • Scott

    Yeah, everybody in jail is innocent. That doesn’t answer the question. It’s not like this guy was a first time offender, or even a second. I don’t claim to be an angel but I’ve never had to make a visit to the lockup. If I did, I’d be damn sure to not continuously do the same things that got me in there again after I got out.

  • John

    Im with Scott…this guy shouldnt be in the illegal drug industry with kids. Whether you stoners realize it or not its still illegal. This so called family man and community man could do more uplifting things than be involved with money laundering and drugs. Ashame so many peole are taking this criminals side. One less person destroying our kids and the community…lucky he only received 10 years.

  • Scott

    A great father? I wonder if he was thinking of his kids while he continuously broke various laws over the years. Plant or not, he was up to plenty of shady shit. Do you think that if marijuana was legal he and his buddies would have just magically gone legit and become law abiding taxpayers? This would have happen regardless of pot being legal. It’s not like you can start an LLC for smuggling.

  • Scott

    I couldn’t make it, but if you meet me back by the old oak tree at 3:15 when school gets out I’ll damn sure say it to your face and then we can rumble. Feel better tough guy? Bring along that hog of yours, I’ll try to fix her busted face while I’m at it.

  • Luke

    I would not go as far to call him a ‘good father’ considering he’s “participating in a massive, cross-country pot conspiracy.” Is that the new criteria for being a good father? If so, let me start reliving my glory days.

  • http://joshsisk.com/ Josh Sisk

    Salade, Carmen said “or in the process of doing so”. : Read this: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/us/momentum-is-seen-as-more-states-consider-legalizing-marijuana.html

    “At least 14 states — including Florida, where an initiative has already qualified for the ballot — are considering new medical marijuana laws this year, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, which supports legalization, and 12 states and the District of Columbia are contemplating decriminalization, in which the drug remains illegal, but the penalties are softened or reduced to fines.”

    Since that article was posted, DC voted to decriminalize.

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    For the umpteenth time there was no money laundering

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    Cool story anonymous coward

  • Max

    Hold on Johnny do-gooder. If you can step out of Pleasantville for a second I’ll explain some things to you. The feds have stated that they are not going after businesses that sell pot, especially for medical use. “Illegal drug” is not a relevant term anymore. The guy should have gone to jail for tax evasion and conspiracy yes, but a criminal? How bout the corporations that hide their money in the Bahamas? You can go back and watch howdy-doody now.

  • Scott

    It wasn’t a story, it was an invitation. I understand if you can’t make it, gotta keep feeding that beast of yours.

  • John Q.

    night night keep your butthole tight

  • Scott

    Correction, no “conviction” of money laundering. The Feds didn’t need it. They had enough to put your friend away anyway. I’m sure all that money was just given to charity. Hey Matthew, the next time you visit your buddy in the pen ask him if he bothered to squirrel any of that dirty money away for his kids should he get busted by the law AGAIN. I’m sure he didn’t. Don’t worry kids, daddy’ll be out in less than a decade when I’m sure he’ll get caught doing something shady again. Hey, maybe 5th time will be the charm?

  • Matthew Ryan Selander

    Wow..one joke over and over again. Impressive.

  • Scott

    I dare you to come say that to my face.

  • Scott

    Oh no! Matthew Ryan Selander, what happened? Why did you suddenly become a “guest?” I’ll tell you what, a lot of unfortunate regretful things have been said in the comments section. I think everyone agrees that if you were to just apologize for your hurtful comments we would all feel a little better. I’m sure even a tear of joy will run down your drug buddy’s face as he’s being plowed by a man he doesn’t love.

  • Scott

    What a good father! What an upstanding citizen! Good riddance Mr. McIntosh.

    http://www2.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=13102

  • Rufus

    When the war on drugs finally collapses there will be a reckoning, there will be trials, and there will be executions. Victims like Dan McIntosh will be avenged.

  • JMer70

    Whatever it was just some weed! Dan is a great guy and his family is cool!! He should be with them and not trotting away in some hellhole!!

  • madcowcorn

    at 50k a year for prison for something that 75% of all americans have tried even the presidents clinton and bush….what a waste of tax payer money not to mention an entrepreneurs life…complete b.s.