Madison Residents Indicted In Marijuana Conspiracy
MADISON, WIS. – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that six Madison residents and another individual have been charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana in the Madison area. The individuals were charged in an indictment returned on April 23, 2015, by a federal grand jury sitting in Madison, which was unsealed today.
The individuals charged are:
- Enis Gashi, 21;
- Haris Riza, 22;
- Kevin Ha, 23;
- Joseph Ramsey, 20;
- Yotam Israeli, 22;
- Parvis Samazada, 22; and
- An unidentified individual who is a fugitive.
The defendants are alleged to have arranged the purchase, transportation and distribution of as many as 19 loads of marijuana, ranging in quantity from five to 50 pounds, from the West Coast to Madison from September 2012 to February 2015.
The indictment alleges that the amount of marijuana attributable to the conduct of Gashi is 100 kilograms or more. In addition to the conspiracy charge, Gashi and Riza are charged with attempting to possess marijuana with intent to distribute between February 26 and March 6, 2014, and Gashi, Riza, Israeli, and Samazada are charged with attempting to possess marijuana with intent to distribute on June 4, 2014.
If convicted, Gashi faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison. The other defendants face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
The charges against the defendants are the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; and Dane County Narcotics Task Force. The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson.
You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.