CRIME, POLICE + COURTS

Concert venue reportedly built with drug money, feds say

Oct 15, 2018, 6:55 PM | Updated: 7:32 pm

...

SALT LAKE CITY – It’s one of the more popular concert/dance venues in Salt Lake County.  The Complex has hosted popular local bands before they made it big.  However, federal prosecutors say it was built with the money from illegal drug sales.

Gabriel and Angela Christina Elstein from Park City, and Scott Gordon, from St. George are all facing drug trafficking, possession with the intent to distribute and money laundering charges.  Prosecutors are accusing the trio of bringing in more than a ton of marijuana into and through Utah.

They reportedly hired and recruited drivers to bring the drugs into the state from northern California, and showed those how to hide it.  Once the marijuana got to its destination, the trio used their retail distributors to sell it.

A statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah says between 2007 and December of 2013, Gabriel Elstein and Gordon smuggled in roughly 25 hundred pounds of marijuana, and laundered roughly $5 million through The Complex and Bondad Productions, which are both Salt Lake City based companies.

According to that statement, The Complex cost $1.3 million to build.  Prosecutors claim $400 thousand of that came from “from marijuana cash proceeds previously laundered through Bondad Productions and The Complex bank accounts.”

The rest came from “marijuana cash proceeds paid directly to companies and individuals involved in the construction.”  Investigators claim Gordon made cash payments to the foreman on The Complex with $50 thousand blocks of cash wrapped in plastic.

The IRS is handling the investigation, and the indictment says they’re seeking “forfeiture of property derived from the proceeds of the alleged criminal conduct including The Complex.”  However, they clarify that the concert venue is not being shut down, and will stay open.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Crime, Police + Courts

Salt Lake City Police Department is looking into the death of two people who were killed in a workp...

Mark Jackson

Two men dead in Salt Lake workplace shooting

One man was found inside the building, another outside. Police don’t believe there’s an imminent threat.

5 hours ago

Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Scot Peterson shown, a school arming school staff is aw...

Curt Gresseth

Utah lawmaker discusses arming school workers

Arming school workers will lead to safer schools, says a Utah lawmaker whose bill awaits the governor's pen to become law.

2 days ago

Bountiful police car...

JOSH ELLIS KSLTV.com

One man dead after shooting in Bountiful

Officers in Bountiful arrived on the scene and found a man in his 20s with a gunshot wound. The man later died at the hospital.

4 days ago

execution chamber in idaho prison...

Associated Press

Idaho halts execution by lethal injection after 8 failed attempts to insert IV line

Thomas Eugene Creech Creech, one of the longest-serving death row inmates in the U.S., was wheeled into the execution chamber at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution on a gurney at 10 a.m.

4 days ago

Ruby Franke stands with her attorney, Lamar Winward, at her sentencing on Tuesday. Her brother and ...

Jessica Lowell

Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt transferred to Utah State Correctional Facility

The two women will each spend one to 15 years at the facility for child abuse.

4 days ago

Ruby Franke appears in a virtual court appearance....

Adam Small

Utah legislators hear from Kevin Franke on life coach regulation

Lawmakers hear from Kevin Franke about regulating life coaches. His ex-wife Ruby Franke and her partner Jodi Hildebrandt are in prison.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Concert venue reportedly built with drug money, feds say