CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Mar. 23, 2009: A 42-year-old Jamaican man will spend the next 49 months in prison for leading a gang which ran a bi-coastal marijuana trafficking and money laundering ring.
A two-year multi-jurisdictional investigation resulted in the guilty pleas of Richard Lawson and co-defendants Daniel Adams, Senior, 57, of San Diego, Daniel Adams Junior, 25, of San Diego and David John, 40, of Swedesboro. The investigation revealed that Lawson acquired large quantities of marijuana from a Mexican drug cartel operating in Tijuana.
He then shipped bulk quantities of marijuana from San Diego to dealers in Camden County, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Memphis, Tallahassee, Louisville and elsewhere.
Lawson admitted that he led a group from 2004 until April 2008.
Lawson, who lived in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, was on Friday also ordered to serve three years of supervised release upon the completion of his prison term. He is also expected to cooperate with US officials who are still searching for other members of the group.