New Haven woman sentenced to 30 months for marijuana trafficking, money laundering
HARTFORD — A 32-year-old New Haven woman was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison for marijuana trafficking and money laundering, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Shanice Goffe was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 21/2 years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for her role in the conspiracy, John H. Durham, U.S. attorney for Connecticut, said in a news release.
According to court documents and statements made in court, the investigation began in 2013, when Homeland Security Investigations, the Postal Inspection Service and Connecticut State Police began an investigation into individuals who were moving large amounts of marijuana from the southwestern part of the United States to Connecticut, the release said.
During the investigation, investigators intercepted four packages, each containing approximately 17 pounds of marijuana, from the U.S. mail, and made multiple controlled purchases of the drug from a member of the trafficking ring, according to the release.
On Feb. 1, 2017, investigators searched a Hamden apartment shared by Goffe and her boyfriend and a storage unit in West Haven that was rented in her name. A search of the home revealed more than one pound of marijuana, a loaded 9 mm handgun, boxes of .45 caliber ammunition, $62,409 and numerous false identifications, including a U.S. passport, all of which contained a photo of her boyfriend, the release stated. In the storage unit, investigators seized approximately 73 pounds of marijuana, ammunition and firearm magazines, additional false identifications, and $350,100.
Investigators also seized a 2014 BMW X6, a 2016 Honda Accord, and a 2008 Honda Odyssey, all of which were registered to Goffe and had been purchased with proceeds of the marijuana trafficking operation, the release said.
Goffe was arrested on March 9, 2017. On Nov. 20, 2017, she pleaded