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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 7, 2018

Randolph Woman Sentenced for Money Laundering and Marijuana Conspiracy

BOSTON – A Randolph woman was sentenced in federal court in Boston on Friday, May 4, 2018, for her role in a conspiracy that distributed thousands of pounds of marijuana and laundered millions of dollars in proceeds.

Daphne Jean, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to one day of time served and three years of supervised release. During the first year of her supervised release, Jean must serve six months of intermittent incarceration – she must report to the jail facility on Friday mornings and may leave the facility on Monday mornings. In December 2017, Jean and her co-conspirator, Michael Gordon, 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.

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.

In March 2018, Gordon was sentenced to 15 years in prison, ordered to pay forfeiture of $5,030,812, to forfeit his interests in a house in Randolph, two houses in Florida, $371,239 seized during the investigation, and an Acura SUV.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Peter Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Delany De Leon-Colon, Acting Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; Albert Angelucci, Acting 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. Attorney David G. Lazarus, Chief of Lelling’s Asset Forfeiture Unit, prosecuted the case.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated May 7, 2018