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BOSTON – Two Randolph residents were convicted yesterday by a federal jury of distributing thousands of pounds of marijuana and laundering the proceeds.
Following a nine-day trial, Michael Gordon, 48, and Daphne Jean, 31, were convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and conspiring to launder drug money through real estate transactions. Gordon was also convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than 1000 kilograms (2200 pounds) of marijuana and various counts of money laundering involving the purchase of real estate in Florida and Randolph. U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled their sentencings for March 26, 2018.
From at least July 2011 to November 2014, Gordon shipped large amounts of marijuana from sources in California to Boston through the U.S. Postal Service and Federal Express, and then distributed the marijuana in the Boston area. Jean assisted Gordon by renting apartments that were used to receive the shipments of marijuana, and helping to launder drug proceeds. The operation produced millions of dollars in profits, and Gordon and Jean laundered the drug proceeds by participating in various financial transactions in Massachusetts and elsewhere.
Gordon faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, a minimum of five years of supervised release, a $10 million fine, and forfeiture of the real estate and other assets involved in the offense. Jean faces a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $1 million fine. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Michael Shea, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Raymond Moss, Acting Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Joel P. Garland, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; and Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement. Substantial assistance was also provided by Homeland Security Investigations in San Francisco; the Boston, Norwood, Randolph and Needham Police Departments; the Sonoma County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Department; and the Irwindale (Calif.) Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karen Beausey and David G. Lazarus are prosecuting the case.