Jamaican Nationwide concerned in hashish trafficking sentenced to 24 years in jail

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Immigration proceedings to follow hefty sentence related to drug, gun and money laundering offenses

/ Photo: Gleti / iStock / Getty Images Plus The man was arrested in February 2017 following a search of an apartment he shared with his girlfriend, a storage unit in her name and two apartments he maintained under different aliases. / Photo by Gleti / iStock / Getty Images Plus

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A 41-year-old Jamaican citizen who most recently resided in Connecticut has been ordered to spend more than 24 years in prison for various offenses, including marijuana trafficking.

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Although his trial occurred in December 2018, the man was only recently sentenced to 295 months of imprisonment for marijuana trafficking, firearm possession and money laundering offenses.

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The jury found him guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 kilograms or more of cannabis, one count of possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, notes a statement from the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut.

But even five years before his trial, the man was under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, the US Postal Inspection Service and the Connecticut State Police for allegedly moving large amounts of cannabis from the Southwestern United States to Connecticut.

“During the investigation, investigators intercepted four packages, each containing approximately eight kilograms of marijuana, from the US Mail, and made multiple controlled purchases of the drug from a member of the trafficking ring,” the Connecticut attorney’s office reports.

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The man was arrested in February 2017 following a search of an apartment he shared with his girlfriend, a storage unit in her name and two apartments he maintained under different aliases.

A search of all three locations revealed, among other things, about 58 kilograms of cannabis; almost $525,000 in US currency; a loaded 9mm handgun; boxes of ammunition; three firearms, one of which was stolen; firearm magazines; and numerous false identifications, including a US passport, all with his photo.

Additionally, investigators seized a 2014 BMW X6, a 2016 Honda Accord and a 2008 Honda Odyssey, all of which were registered to his girlfriend and “had been purchased with proceeds of the marijuana trafficking enterprise.”

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In 2008, the man was being investigated under another alias. A police search at that time revealed marijuana packaged for sale, drug packaging paraphernalia, fake identification, firearms, ammunition, extended magazines and eight UPS receipts for packages that had not arrived, which were later found to contain more than 34 kilograms of weed. The man, however, was not located.

Still, when he was arrested in February 2017, investigators seized more than 40 identification cards with false names, including the names of the addresses of the packages found in 2008.

He faces immigration proceedings after completing his prison term. The man’s girlfriend, for her part, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 50 kilograms or more of marijuana, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in 2017. She was sentenced to 30 months of Imprisonment in early 2018.

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