Indictment alleges ‘The Complex’ was built with marijuana money

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- The owners of the well-known concert venue “The Complex” in Salt Lake City are facing federal drug trafficking charges.

According to a 13-count indictment, Gabriel Seth Elstein, 33, Angela Christina Elstein, 32, both of Park City, and Scott Dale Gordon, age 48, of St. George trafficking and sold “sizeable quantities of marijuana for distribution” and used that money to build “The Complex”.

“It alleges that the Elsteins and Mr. Gordon would purchase marijuana in California and then hire drivers to deliver that marijuana in Salt Lake City, Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin,” said Jared Halper with IRS Criminal Investigations.

Court documents allege the three “purchased and distributed at least 2,500 pounds of marijuana and laundered at least $5 million in marijuana drug proceeds through Bondad Productions, a business that promoted electronic music/rave shows, and The Complex”.

The indictment alleges Elstein and Gordon got the marijuana from wholesale marijuana suppliers in northern California and recruited drivers to deliver marijuana loads. They then utilized retail distributors to sell the marijuana in destination cities.

Halper says it’s been a years long investigation, and the arrests are a win for the community.

“It is. Not only for our valley, Salt Lake City, but for the other states that were affected. Anytime we can stop alleged drug dealers from bringing drugs into our state is a big step, it’s a good thing for this community and the other communities that are affected,” said Halper.

In addition, court papers stated Gordon used that cash to pay expenses for music shows. The indictment seeks forfeiture of property derived from the proceeds of the alleged criminal conduct including “The Complex” located at 536 West 100 South, Salt Lake City and two properties in Park City located at 7467 Tall Oaks Circle and 4268 Hilltop Drive.

Officials said “The Complex” is not being shut down and will remain open.    

The three defendants face a potential mandatory-minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison if they are convicted of the conspiracy to distribute count in the indictment. 

On Friday they pleaded not guilty to the charges. The case was set for trial on Dec. 14., 2018. 

Click here to read the indictment.

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