Randolph man gets 15 years for dealing drugs, money laundering

BOSTON – A Randolph man was sentenced in federal court in Boston on Monday for his role in a transnational marijuana scheme that distributed thousands of pounds of marijuana and laundered millions of dollars in proceeds.

Michael Gordon, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to 15 years in prison and five years of supervised release, and was ordered to forfeit $5 million, his interests in a house in Randolph, two houses in Florida, $371,239 seized during the investigation and an Acura SUV used to facilitate his crimes.

Last December, Gordon and his co-conspirator, Daphne Jean, were convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and conspiring to launder drug money through real estate transactions. Gordon was also convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana and various counts of money laundering involving the purchase of real estate in Florida and Randolph.

From at least July 2011 to November 2014, Gordon shipped large amounts of marijuana from California to Boston through the U.S. Postal Service and Federal Express, and then distributed the drug in the Boston area. Jean assisted Gordon by renting apartments that were used to receive the shipments and helping to launder money.

Jean is scheduled to be sentenced on April 6.