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Plumber and Father Convicted on Weed and Money Laundering Charges
In January 2020, after a five-day trial, a jury in federal court found Charles and Thomas Laverty guilty of growing 100+ cannabis plants in a Clinton, MA warehouse.
Initially, federal prosecutors were gunning for a heftier conviction – arguing that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) discovered nearly 1,030 marijuana plants inside the Clinton warehouse where Thomas Laverty was residing. The minimum sentence for growing more than 1,000 cannabis plants is ten years in federal prison, while 100 or more plants drops to just a five year sentence.
However, the defense argued that the specifics of the government’s allegations were exaggerated, and jurors agreed. Holding reasonable doubt that the father/son duo grew over 1,000 marijuana plants, the jury convicted on the lesser crime. Despite that silver lining for the pair, Charles and Thomas were also facing up to an additional 20 years in prison on charges of money laundering – among other charges.
Prosecutors broke down the specifics of the Laverty’s affairs in great detail. Their Millbury, Massachusetts-based plumbing company, Chuck Laverty & Son Inc., was used to launder the money gained from a major, commercial cannabis cultivation and distribution operation. But on top of the large-scale marijuana grow and money laundering scheme, Charles Laverty was also lying to the government to receive federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits while earning thousands of dollars weekly.