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District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 6, 2014

Three People Indicted In Trans-Continental Marijuana Conspiracy

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BOSTON – Three men were arrested today for conspiracy to distribute and possess more than 1,000 kilos of marijuana.

In an indictment unsealed today, Michael Gordon, 45, and Andrean Jaggon, 37, both of Randolph and Dagoberto Olea, 43, of Mendocino County, California, were charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 1000 Kilograms or more of marijuana. Gordon was also charged with two counts of structuring fraudulent transactions.

The government alleges that between July 2011 and the present, Gordon obtained large amounts of marijuana from Olea in California and shipped the marijuana to the Boston area via the US Postal Service and Federal Express. Gordon then distributed the marijuana in the Boston area. Jaggon assisted Gordon in the operation which produced millions of dollars in profits, and Gordon and others engaged in various structured financial transactions with the proceeds generated by the sale of that marijuana in Massachusetts and elsewhere.

Under the statute, Gordon and Olea face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and maximum sentence of life, a $10 million fine, and at least five years of supervised release following any period of incarceration. Jaggon faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine, and at least three years of supervised release. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; Michael J. Ferguson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; Shelly A. Binkowski, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police made the announcement today. Substantial assistance was also provided by Homeland Security Investigations in San Francisco, the Transportation Security Administration, Boston Police Department, Norwood, Randolph, and Needham Police Departments.

The case is being prosecuted by Karen Beausey of Ortiz’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

The details contained in the Indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Updated December 15, 2014