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Ballston Spa Man Sentenced to 71 Months for Money Laundering, Marijuana Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Ryan Mershon, age 40, of Ballston Spa, New York, was sentenced today to 71 months in prison, to be followed by a 3-year term of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit money laundering and distribute marijuana.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Warren County Sheriff Nathan H. “Bud” York; Acting Inspector in Charge Delany De Leon-Colon, United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Boston Division; and Special Agent in Charge Kevin M. Kelly of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Buffalo Field Office.

Between October 2013 and February 2016, Mershon obtained marijuana from co-conspirators in California and shipped that marijuana to Northern New York in bucket containers.  The marijuana was sold throughout Northern New York.  Mershon arranged for his co-conspirators to deposit the proceeds from the sale of the marijuana in bank accounts in his name as well as the names of his immediate family and girlfriend.  The amount of proceeds deposited totaled more than $117,000.

United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also ordered Mershon to forfeit $117,000 as proceeds of the crime.

After pleading guilty on September 5, 2017, Mershon absconded from Court supervision and left New York, becoming a fugitive.  The U.S. Marshals Service tracked down Mershon and arrested him in California.

This case was investigated by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and HSI, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth R. Rabe.

Updated June 19, 2018

Drug Trafficking