Boston, MA– Deana Martin, age 51 of Milton, was charged in federal court in Boston on Tuesday with one count of conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. CBS Boston reports that Martin owned and managed a black market online marijuana delivery service in Massachusetts from 2015 to 2018 called Northern Herb.
Northern Herb's website purported to sell medical marijuana and required a minimum order of $100, offering a variety of marijuana products that were sold to customers who did not possess or did not provide proof that they possessed a medical marijuana card. Milton officials claimed that Northern Herb allegedly delivered marijuana to front doors and hallways that were vacant, where anyone could pick up the order.
The black-market marijuana delivery service was storing their marijuana in locations throughout Canton, Milton, Foxborough, and Hyde Park. The business employed approximately 25 workers who were all paid in cash. It was unclear what job description and title each worker had.
Before Martin was charged, she had planned to provide incentives to her employees if they had sold more than 10 pounds of marijuana every month. Allegedly, Martin brought in over $14 million from May 2016 to July 2018, allowing her to take home approximately $80,000 per month.
Boston 25 News reported that the federal court in Boston revealed on Tuesday that Martin had numerous bank accounts associated with Northern Herb. According to court documents, she had laundered many sales. She had also been using accounts in another person’s name to hide profits from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Martin used a big chunk of her money to pay off more than $300,000 of the mortgage on her house. She had also bought a 2017 Porsche Boxster during this time. Martin also evaded taxes on her millions of dollars in profit. She wrote in an e-mail, referring to the state cannabis tax, “Zero taxes is still better.”
Her sentence remains to be determined, but she faces at least five years in jail and a potential fine of $5 million. Martin denies the charges and her lawyer has said she will plead not guilty.