The FBI is accusing the promoters behind The Complex in Salt Lake City with building and running their concert business using more than $1 million from profits made selling and distributing pot.
On Monday (Oct. 15), authorities released a 13-count indictment against Gabriel Seth Elstein, 33, his wife, Angela Christina Elstein, 32, and Seth Dale Gordon, 48, claiming the trio transported large quantities of marijuana from California to Utah for distribution across the country. Dumbles Holdings LLC, a company managed by the Elsteins, is also named in the indictment.
According to the indictment, the drug-trafficking operation ran between April 2007 and December 2013 and involved about 2,500 pounds of marijuana. The indictment also claims the three laundered about $5 million through their company Bondad Productions, which promotes EDM, and The Complex, a 2,500-capacity music venue on the west side of downtown Salt Lake City. All three were arraigned in Federal court last week facing charges that include possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and money laundering.
According to the indictment, the three also participated in a plan to connect marijuana growers in California with drivers that would transport pot through Salt Lake City onto hubs in Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin for packaging and distribution. The drivers would allegedly deliver money from Salt Lake City to California suppliers, and once hid $1 million in money in a structure designed in the shape of the Empire State Building. In total the trio had four suppliers and six drivers on payroll.