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Buffalo man sentenced for role in 'cross-country marijuana conspiracy'

STAFF REPORTS


BUFFALO -- Derron Gordon, 41, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, was sentenced to serve 70 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Wei Xiang and Jeremy V. Murray, who handled the case, stated that during the conspiracy, the defendant coordinated the receipt in Buffalo of marijuana shipments from sources in the State of California, he coordinated the payment for the marijuana shipments through structured deposits of U.S. currency into bank accounts at branches in the Western District of New York and elsewhere, and Gordon coordinated the distribution of marijuana in the City of Buffalo.

Bulk quantities of marijuana intended for sale was typically sent through the U.S. Postal Service. On average, up to 15 boxes, each containing approximately 10 pounds of marijuana would be shipped as frequently as two times per week. The shipments were typically mailed with fictitious sender and recipient names, but to real recipient locations that the defendant and his Buffalo co-conspirators provided to their California co-conspirators.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, the Amherst Police Department, under the direction of Chief John Askey; the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood; and the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Raymond Moss.