White-Collar Crime

Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Launder Marijuana Profits


A Maryland lawyer who was accused of helping drug traffickers launder their illegal profits and using tens of thousands of dollars in proceeds for real estate investments has taken a plea.

Brian Young pleaded guilty today in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia to conspiring to launder money from marijuana sales, reports the Blog of Legal Times.

He also was accused, but apparently has not pleaded guilty to, accepting some $60,000 in cash drug profits to fund the legal fees of one of the suspected traffickers.

Originally indicted on four counts of money laundering and conspiracy, he is to be sentenced in July.

The BLT article doesn’t include any comment from Young or his counsel, explaining that his attorney didn’t immediately respond to a message and the telephone for Young’s former firm, O’Brien, Young and Knowles, is disconnected.

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