Mashpee Woman Sentenced in Money Laundering Case

Five years of probation, six months of home confinement...

A Cape Cod woman was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with a drug and money laundering ring.    

Diane Johnson, 51, of Mashpee, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to five years of probation, with the first six months to be served in home detention. In May 2017, Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering conspiracy.

From 2010 to 2015, Johnson and her son David Landry conspired to launder drug proceeds in order to disguise the nature of the funds and continue their drug trafficking activity.  From May 2014 to January 2015, two of Johnson’s co-defendants, Landry and Justin Groom, conspired to manufacture and distribute marijuana and possessed marijuana with the intent to distribute it. Landry, a convicted felon, was also found in possession of a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. He continued participating in the criminal offense while in jail on state charges.  Groom was also charged with eight counts of money laundering in connection with using the proceeds of the illegal activities to pay the rent of the home where he grew marijuana, at Landry’s direction.  A third co-defendant, Evan Lopes, aided by Landry, possessed methylone.

David Landry was sentenced to 78 months in prison; Justin Groom and Evan Lopes were sentenced to two years and three years of probation, respectively.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Boston Field Division; Joel P. Garland, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald; Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings; Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted Heinrich of Weinreb’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.


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