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Virginia Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana and Money Laundering

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Jervonne Harris, age 41, of Hampton, Virginia, was sentenced today to serve 35 months in prison for conspiring to distribute marijuana and money laundering, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Kevin Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

As part of his previous guilty plea, Harris admitted that between May 2017 and August 2017 he received bulk quantities of marijuana from a source of supply on the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation in New York State. Harris sold the marijuana he received to customers in Virginia, and sent the proceeds from those sales back to his source of supply by courier and wire transfer. As part of his guilty plea, Harris admitted to distributing about 57 kilograms of marijuana.

In addition to his term of imprisonment, the court also sentenced Harris to six years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a money judgment in the amount of $250,800.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and the Oswego County Drug Task Force, comprised of Special Agents of HSI, members of the City of Oswego Police Department, the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, Investigators from the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, the SUNY Oswego Police Department and Agents of the U.S. Border Patrol.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Sutcliffe.

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