Four Cape residents charged in marijuana and money laundering ring

Feds allege two of the suspects manufactured and distributed pot between May 2014 and January 2015

Four Cape Codders were charged in a Pocasset marijuana and money laundering scheme after an indictment was unsealed in US District Court in Boston Thursday. According to a release from US Attorney Carmen Ortiz's Office, 27-year-old David Landry of Mashpee, his mother, 50-year-old Diane Johnson of Mashpee, 26-year-old Justin Groom of Hyannis and 27-year-old Evan Lopes of East Wareham were all indictment on a variety of charges stemming from an investigation conducted between late 2014 and January 2015.

The indictment alleges that Landry and Groom manufactured and distributed marijuana from a Pocasset home between May 2014 and January 2015. Landry was arrested on September 12, 2014 and has been in custody since. It is alleged that Landry continued to participate in the scheme while behind bars, according to the release.

In addition to the conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, Landry was further charged with aiding Lopes in the distribution of Molly and constructively possessing a CZ model CZ100 .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol (felon in possession of a firearm). Lastly Landry and his mother have been charged with conspiring to launder drug funds between 2010 and 2015.

On top of the conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, Groom has been charged with eight counts of money laundering in connection with using the proceeds from the sale of marijuana to pay the rent on the Cheryl Lane house where they marijuana was manufactured.

Following a five-month multi-jurisdictional investigation, police executed a search warrant at 8 Cheryl Lane in Pocasset on January 6, 2015. The two-car garage contained what police called a "sophisticated indoor hydroponic marijuana growing system". Marijuana plants in the clone, flowering and growth stages were found in the garage and the house. The only furniture in the 3,000 sq. ft. home was a bed and couch, police said at the time. Police estimated the value of the drugs (marijuana and hash oil) at $35,000 and the value of the growing equipment at $50,000.

Although actual sentences if convicted are expected to be less, the conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possession of marijuana and methylone (molly) charges carry a sentence of no greater than 20 years, supervised release and a fine of $1 million. The money laundering and money laundering conspiracy charges carry a sentence of no greater than 20 years, supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Being a felon in possession of a firearm carries a sentence of no greater than 10 years, supervised release and a fine of $250,000, the release said.

Several agencies worked on the investigation including Ortiz's Office, ATF, Barnstable police, Barnstable County Sheriff's Office, Massachusetts State Police and the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Ted Heinrich of US Attorney Ortiz's Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit.


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