ALBANY – A Guilderland man was sentenced this week to two-and-a-half years in prison for his role in a marijuana trafficking and money laundering conspiracy, federal prosecutors said.
The conspiracy used homes in Schenectady, Niskayuna and elsewhere, occupied by the man or people he knew, prosecutors said.
Masood Sharifipur, 36, pleaded guilty in the case in March 2019, officials said.
He admitted then to working with others to transport at least 100 kilograms of marijuana through various means from California to the Capital Region and doing so from December 2013 to June 2017, officials said.
He also admitted that during the conspiracy, he sent at least 50 packages containing drug proceeds to co-conspirators in California, via mail and private shippers. He used post office boxes, as well as the residences in Schenectady, Niskayuna, Guilderland, Loudonville and elsewhere, officials said.
Searches of his residences in 2017 then uncovered about 46 pounds of marijuana and $315,000, officials said.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, the Internal Revenue Service and the state police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet O’Hanlon prosecuted.