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Portland Man Sentenced to over Nine Years for Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering

MAR 18 (PORTLAND, Maine) - Michael J. Ferguson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that David Jones, 30, of Portland, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge George Z. Singal to 110 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for distributing marijuana and money laundering.    

According to court records and proceedings, from August 2011 through October 2013, Jones obtained hundreds of pounds of marijuana from an out-of-state source and distributed it in Maine.  In October 2013, agents executing search warrants seized $291,981 from a storage unit Jones rented, $92,104 from an associate’s apartment and $6,278 from the defendant’s residence.  Agents also seized two boats, a truck, several motorcycles, two trailers, numerous pieces of electronic recording equipment and jewelry.  All the seized cash and items were forfeited.  Agents also learned that Jones laundered $177,500 of his drug proceeds through financial transactions involving Gary Prolman, Esq. and $39,000 through transactions involving Michael Paul.

This case results from a joint investigation conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Portland Police Department and the ongoing effort of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.


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