Grammy-nominated artist sentenced to nearly 6 years in prison for laundering drug profits

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A Hudson man was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for laundering approximately $1.5 million in proceeds from marijuana trafficking.

Stuart Pflaum, 35, was sentenced to 70 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver. Eight people have now been sentenced for their crimes related to the conspiracy.

James Sorgi operated a drug trafficking and money laundering organization that shipped marijuana from California to Cleveland. He grew the marijuana in California and obtained marijuana from other growers. Sorgi then worked with Pflaum and Robert Serina to direct others to receive multi-pound shipments of marijuana in Ohio and sell it there, according to court documents.

Pflaum, Sorgi, Serina and others directed people to collect the drug proceeds and make cash deposits into various bank accounts. Sorgi, through Pflaum and Serina, then directed people to convert the cash into money orders and send the money to California, according to the indictment.

This took place between June 2013 and February 2015, according to court documents.

Sorgi was sentenced to 80 months in prison. Serina’s case is pending.

Pflaum, also known as DJ Xplosive, also worked as a music producer and was nominated for a Grammy Award, according to court documents.