Former plumbing company employee handed 12-year sentence for weed, fraud and money laundering convictions

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Every week, numerous workers harvested 20 cannabis plants from the trading warehouse.

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Angela Stelmakowich After twelve years in prison, he was also ordered to be released under custody and pay $ 3,100 ($ 3,937) in restitution for eight years.  /. After twelve years in prison, he was also ordered to be released under custody and pay $ 3,100 ($ 3,937) in restitution for eight years. /. Photo by Getty Images

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A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after found guilty of using the family plumbing business where he served as the frontline for a large-scale marijuana grow.

Forty-year-old Thomas Laverty and a few co-conspirators used family-owned Chuck Laverty & Son Inc. to run the cultivation and distribution operations, according to a statement by the Massachusetts District Attorney. To facilitate the production, storage and distribution of weeds, Laverty and others used the company’s vehicles, bank accounts and locations, the statement said.

Every week, numerous company employees harvested “20 marijuana plants from the trading warehouse with the aim of producing 3.6 to 4.5 kg of dried marijuana per week,” the statement said.

  1. Police discovered 353 marijuana plants inside that they estimated could produce more than $ 475,000 worth of cannabis.  /.

    The Kiwi property manager has turned a blind eye to the weed farm in a rented apartment owned by his father’s company

  2. After a tip, the cannabis was discovered on October 12, 2019, when the Community Policing Team in Essex was executing an arrest warrant on the couple at home.  / PHOTO BY GLETI / ISTOCK / GETTY IMAGES PLUS

    “Deeply shameful”: Mother and son receive near-fitting prison sentences and rehab stays after weeds are found

  3. Jason Warner was arrested in London and Essex for drug delivery in October 2018.  /.

    The British drug trafficker has to spend more than £ 1.2 million or spend another seven years in prison

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The retail price for the illegal weed, which was sold in bulk, was about $ 2,400 ($ 3,048) per pound. For its part, Laverty was also well paid by the family business and received revenue from the company, “including up to $ 5,000 ($ 63.50) a week in cash,” it said.

In January 2020, a five-day trial ended with Laverty convicted of conspiracy to grow more than 100 marijuana plants, conspiracy to launder money, cultivate cannabis, and possess marijuana with the intent to distribute it. He also pleaded guilty to additional charges of theft of government funds (while the illegal growth was going on, he has received federal government-funded Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits available to those on household incomes who receive the Do not exceed the federal poverty line).

In addition, following the 12 years imprisonment ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman, Laverty was ordered to be released for eight years under custody and pay $ 3,100 ($ 3,937) in restitution .

Co-defendant Andrea Laverty, in her early 60s, previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to grow marijuana and laundering money. Mass Live reports that Laverty, who now lives in Texas, was sentenced to one year in prison.

The rules of cannabis in Massachusetts are clear: Individuals 21 and older can own up to 28 grams (1 ounce) and 280 grams (10 ounces) at home. An adult can grow up to six plants in their home, with a maximum of two plants for two or more adults.

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