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March 28, 2006

California Man  Pled Guilty  In Marijuana Case

MAR 28 --Boston, MA... A California man, formerly of Newton, was convicted today in federal court of possession of and conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute.

      June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan , announced today that JOSHUA GOLDSMITH, age 35, of Los Angeles, California, and formerly of Newton, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf to conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute, and two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

   At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that in April and May 2003, GOLDSMITH was one of four individuals engaged in shipping large quantities of marijuana from Southern California to Massachusetts. GOLDSMITH’S role, in two separate shipments of approximately 200 pounds each, was to package the marijuana in large wooden crates and arrange for its shipment through a national freight forwarding company. The shipping company alerted DEA about GOLDSMITH’S May shipment because it met a drug shipment profile. A search warrant was obtained and approximately 200 pounds of marijuana was found in the wooden crate. A controlled delivery of the marijuana to GOLDSMITH’S co-conspirators occurred on May 28, 2003 at the shipping company’s Massachusetts terminal.  One of GOLDSMITH’S co-conspirators, BENJAMIN SILVER, was recently sentenced to 60 months in federal prison. Two of his co-conspirators, JOHN GILLIES and JOHN RYAN, previously pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Judge Wolf scheduled sentencing for June 21, 2006. At that time, GOLDSMITH faces up to 40 years' imprisonment, with a five year mandatory minimum sentence, to be followed by at least four years of supervised release, and a $ 4,000,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Boston Field Office of the DEA and the DEA’S Regional Drug Task Force in Greensboro, North Carolina.