Investigators say Ariel Joseph Gosselin told them he had ordered the highly potent marijuana wax and edibles from “a friend in Colorado,” where recreational use of marijuana is legal.
He said he then sold them to about 25 of his friends and made about $100 on each deal, an arrest report said.
Gosselin has pleaded not guilty to trafficking in synthetic cannabinoids, sale of hashish and trafficking narcotics from a home with children present.
On June 26, the father of two also was charged with two counts of money laundering. He is free on bond and is due to be arraigned on those charges July 26.
Gosselin was first arrested in January after detectives noticed “suspicious” packages had been shipped to his home near Atlantic Avenue and Florida’s Turnpike.
On January 24, a wet cardboard box sent through the U.S. Postal Service and addressed to Gosselin broke open when an investigator turned it to see the mailing label. Fruit chews and chocolate infused with THC and containers marked with different marijuana strain names fell out, according to the report.
Detectives searched Gosselin’s home and found boxes with glass pipes, a filing cabinet with an unknown amount of cash, 96.5 grams of marijuana hash oil, two glass jars with 62 grams of marijuana and more, according to the report.
A search of Gosselin’s iPhone showed texts to his supplier where he says “this is how I pay my bills,” deputies said.
The money-laundering investigation concluded that Gosselin tried to hide the payments he received by having his clients use smartphone apps such as Venmo and PayPal and then transferring those “dirty” monies into his own bank accounts.
Gosselin then transferred money between his checking and savings accounts “to blur the audit trail,” a sheriff’s report said.
Gosselin also bought digital currencies such as Bitcoin “on almost a daily basis,” the sheriff said, noting cryptocurrencies help drug traffickers “conceal the source of their cash.”
Investigators also pointed out that Gosselin and his wife took out a $403,000 mortgage for their home in 2017 despite reporting an income of about $45,000 the year before.
Gosselin, who authorities said worked for a clothing company and has a real-estate license, was making monthly mortgage payments of about $2,800 with USPS money orders, buying them with funds that did not come through his bank accounts, the sheriff’s office said.