Fresh out of jail, local developer/pot-dealer/money-launderer hob knobs at real estate conference attended by political elite

Landsman on his feet: pot-dealing developer released from federal prison early; heads to Hawaii for honeymoon

Jeremy Landsman, the developer/pot-dealer/money-launderer chronicled in City Paper's coverage until his January 2013 sentencing, is out of prison and heading to Hawaii.

If he did as approved by the court, Landsman spent May 21-26 in Las Vegas, hob-knobbing with state and city officials and big developers as part of the RECON convention staged by the International Council of Shopping Centers. As the Baltimore Brew reported, both Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and mayor-(probably)-to-be Catherine Pugh also attended that convention, along with Gov. Larry Hogan, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and representatives of Sagamore Development, Kevin Plank's vehicle for re-making Port Covington with the help of a proposed half-billion-dollar tax-increment financing scheme.

Landsman received a 57-month prison sentence at the beginning of 2013 after pleading guilty to money laundering conspiracy and possessing with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of pot. His release on April 22, after less than 38 months of incarceration, seems unusual for a federal sentence—as is the permission to travel widely on business and pleasure. But Landsman, whose real estate career was covered by the Baltimore Business Journal before his federal drug case, is not a typical dealer. 

"Mr. Landsman has worked in the commercial real estate business for the past 14 years or so," an April 27 motion to travel reads. "He is currently self-employed at Avenue Real Estate Services, LLC, and specializes in developing, managing, leasing and selling commercial retail properties. As part of that business, he has always regularly attended an annual convention put on by the International Council of Shopping Centers . . . 

"Clearly, it is in everyone's interest that Mr. Landsman have the opportunity to thrive in business and satisfy the requirement of his Supervised Release that he 'work regularly at a lawful occupation.' In this regard, the RECON convention is a vital component of Mr. Landsman's rehabilitation."

The motion goes on to report that Landsman is getting married on June 25 and plans on honeymooning in Hawaii. It says the itinerary is not yet set. 

U.S. District Court Judge Roger Titus granted the motion for travel on April 28, pending approval of the trips' itineraries. An email to the U.S. Attorney's office and a phone-call to Landsman’s Aliceanna Street real estate office seeking comment were not immediately returned.

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