The leader of a US-based prolific and violent drug trafficking ring has pleaded guilty to drug, firearms, and money laundering crimes. The 36-year-old Washington resident pleaded guilty to conspiracies to distribute controlled substances and to commit money laundering, as well as to carrying a firearm in connection to a crime.
US authorities had busted the leader’s drug ring in December 2020, seizing large quantities of drugs, several firearms, over $525,000 in cash, and a bank account carrying over $100,000.
The leader’s messages to his co-conspirators revealed that he had discussed committing violence against ring members suspected of stealing drugs. Authorities seized large quantities of meth, heroin, and fentanyl pills from the leader’s property. Further, the authorities seized cash, checks, and several bank accounts as drug trafficking proceeds. Notably, the leader had planned to launder illicit funds through casinos and by purchasing real estate and vehicles.
Source: US Department of Justice