PORTLAND, Oregon — A former resident of Milwaukie, Oregon pleaded guilty today in federal court to illegally exporting marijuana grown in Oregon to Georgia for resale and laundering of the product.
Dante Baldocchi, 29, currently a resident of Altadena, Calif., Has waived charge and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana and money laundering.
According to court documents, between January 2017 and June 2020, Baldocchi purchased marijuana in Oregon and arranged to have it shipped by freight to Georgia where he and others sold it to distributors in the Atlanta area and North Carolina. Baldocchi and his associates returned some of the product from Georgia to Oregon in vacuum-sealed bags and other parts concealed in plasterboard buckets.
On June 9, 2020, a federal search warrant was executed at Baldocchi’s then-residence in Milwaukie. Investigators have located more than 330 pounds of cultivated marijuana in Oregon.
On August 19, 2021, Baldocchi and an associate, Hunter Lacaden, 27, of Portland, were charged with criminal information of conspiring to distribute marijuana and commit money laundering.
Baldocchi faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in federal prison with a mandatory minimum of five years, a fine of $ 5.5 million and four years of supervised release. He will be sentenced on January 6, 2022 before US District Court Judge Michael H. Simon.
On September 21, 2021, Lacaden pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute marijuana. He will be sentenced on December 13, 2021.
Acting US attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the Oregon District made the announcement.
This matter was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and IRS-Criminal Investigation with assistance from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and the Portland Police Office. Assistant US Attorney Julia E. Jarrett is pursuing the case.