California Drug Distributor Sentenced to 126 Months in Prison

On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, New Hampshire U.S. Attorney John P. Kacavas announced that 34-year-old Jon Hagstrom of North Hollywood, California, had been sentenced to 126 months in prison following a guilty plea in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. Kacavas had been charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine (more than 5 kilograms) and marijuana (more than 1,000 kilograms), and conspiracy to commit money laundering, as well as aiding and abetting the possession of cocaine (more than 5 kilograms) with the intent to distribute.

The charges stemmed from a long-term investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Internal Revenue Service, and Massachusetts State Police. Hagstrom reportedly participated in a conspiracy with ties to a Canadian criminal organization that imported more than 1,000 kilograms of high grade marijuana to be distributed in the New England area of the United States between the summers of 2007 and 2009.

Using the proceeds from its marijuana distribution, the criminal organization then purchased over 150 kilograms of cocaine from California to be exported to Canada. Hagstrom was the person responsible for providing the cocaine. He and other co-conspirators worked together to coordinate the transport of cocaine (25 to 50 kilograms at a time) from California to New England, and the transport of millions of dollars in marijuana proceeds from New England to California. Hagstrom also used private jets to personally collect some of the marijuana proceeds from Boston, Massachusetts.

The multi-agency investigation ultimately led to the arrest and prosecution of 23 members of this criminal enterprise. More than $3 million, 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, and 50 kilograms of cocaine were seized by the United States federal government. Hagstrom’s property, valued at $90,000, was also forfeited. He was the last defendant to be sentenced in the investigation.

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