Raymond Lee, 50, of Buffalo was ordered Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to serve a five-year federal prison term on his conviction for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distributing 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and money laundering conspiracy linked to a California to Buffalo marijuana trafficking operation. Lee was convicted of taking part in the shipment of many kilograms of marijuana to Buffalo from Californian and paying for it by depositing funds in a number of bank accounts.
An August 2013 raid on a Hamburg flat that Lee used produced 37 metal cans sealed like canned vegetables but containing about 37 pounds of marijuana each worth more than $1,000. A raid on Lee’s Buffalo house three years ago led to the seizure of more than $38,000 in cash and deposit slips and receipts from the money laundering bank accounts. Lee was also observed repeatedly visiting the Hamburg pot apartment to retrieve some of the sealed cans, prosecutors said. Undercover agents also made marijuana purchases from Lee.