A 38-year-old Atlanta man has pleaded guilty to shipping more than 200 pounds of marijuana to Connecticut via the U.S. Postal Service.
Shamar “Sheist” Madden, 38, pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for Connecticut, said between August 2016 and February 2017, Madden, Malek Long and others conspired to use the U.S. mail to ship substantial quantities of marijuana from California to New Haven, and then distribute the marijuana throughout the area.
“Madden regularly traveled from Georgia to Connecticut to pick up his share of the cash proceeds from the marijuana trafficking enterprise,” Durham said in a release.
On Feb. 22, Madden, who was traveling back to Georgia, was stopped at LaGuardia Airport in New York in possession of $19,740 in cash. On that date, investigators also searched two storage lockers that Long maintained at a self-storage facility in West Haven and seized approximately $404,000 in cash.
Underhill scheduled sentencing for July 23, at which time Madden faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years.
He is free on a $50,000 bond pending sentencing.
On May 12, 2017, Long, of New Haven, pleaded guilty to the same charge. On Dec. 12, 2017, he was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment.