November 28, 2022

A federal jury found guilty of a California drug lord who led an ongoing criminal enterprise by organizing and leading at least three methamphetamine conspiracies in Oklahoma and Missouri on Monday, US Attorney Clint Johnson announced.

Luis Alfredo Jacobo, 31, of Bakersfield, California, has been found guilty of continuing crimes. 3 drug conspiracies and 21 illegal use of telecommunication facilities. Kelly Wayne Bryan, 55, who was tried with Jacobo and charged with involvement in the methamphetamine conspiracy, was acquitted of a drug conspiracy.

U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson said: “Luis Jacobo allegedly sent and distributed more than 2,000 pounds of methamphetamine to Oklahoma and northern Missouri and earned $30 million as part of an ongoing criminal activity.” “As a result of their persistent investigation, the federal prosecutor and our law enforcement partners have shut down this illegal business and brought Jacobo and numerous groups to justice.”

Eduardo A. Chávez, Special Agent of the Dallas Field Department overseeing operations in Oklahoma, said, “This conviction is a message to the drug traffickers who feed those who suffer from addiction and fill the pockets of criminal gangs.” said. “A day you spend selling drugs and spending dirty money will lead to a night in prison staring at the ceiling while you are responsible for your actions. DEA Tulsa is committed to blocking methamphetamine on the streets of Oklahoma.”

Using his Mexican supplier and Bakersfield as his base of operations, Jacobo managed, supervised and organized more than a dozen individuals in companies implicated in at least three drug conspiracies over more than five years in California, northeastern Oklahoma and southwestern Missouri. It operates in and around northern Oklahoma.

Through countless communications between the conspirators, Jacobo set a price, determined shipping and payment methods, and approved proposals for the group’s operations.

According to the indictment, between May 2016 and September 2021, Jacobo received large quantities of methamphetamine delivered to his hometown in Bakersfield. From there, Jacobo instructed groups in Oklahoma and Missouri to send methamphetamine by mail or by car, sometimes sending up to 200 pounds at a time to groups in Oklahoma and Missouri. The conspirators will drive large amounts of cash into California, send the money through a wire sender, or mail cash payments to others at Jacobo and Jacobo’s direction. The conspirators sometimes mailed up to $100,000 in cash from Oklahoma to California at a time.

The three plots were run by Jacobo’s local manager in northeastern Oklahoma. With Jacobo’s knowledge, the manager hired distributors and sub-distributors to help Jacobo sell drugs. Jacobo even met with many distributors and sub-distributors to give direction.

From May 2016 to December 2018, a drug conspiracy operated in and around Bakersfield and later Grove, Oklahoma. A second drug conspiracy took place in the Grove from September 2018 to August 2019. Finally, a third drug conspiracy operated around Grove and southwestern Missouri from September 2018 to March 2021.

During the trial, federal prosecutors presented evidence, including numerous correspondence related to the conspiracy, numerous currency exchanges, and evidence gathered by law enforcement agencies in executing search warrants.

For example, on October 12, 2020, agents and officers from the Oklahoma Department of Drugs and Dangerous Drugs and Grove Police Department opened a storage device in the Grove and found 231 pounds of methamphetamine and more than $465,000 in US currency. The storage unit was leased by Defendant Johnson to store methamphetamine for redistribution. On the same weekend in 2020, law enforcement also issued a search warrant against the home in Grove, where co-defendants stored drugs and drug proceeds.

Three days after the discovery of 231 pounds of methamphetamine, police arrested co-defendant Tony Garcia, who was driving in Oklahoma City with a 9mm pistol loaded with 30 pounds of methamphetamine. Text messages on Garcia’s phone show that shortly before the trip, he received instructions from Jacobo on when and where to distribute methamphetamine to Johnson and others in Oklahoma.

In a final pleading, the government highlighted the number of Jacobo’s conspirators who testified against Jacobo and how Jacobo’s extensive drug business was run, including directing members of his organization to send cars filled with methamphetamine to the Northeast. I repeated the same details a lot. Oklahoma and cars returned to Bakersfield loaded with money.

Jacobo’s conviction was the result of an organized crime drug enforcement operation called “Pullin Chains” led by the US Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration. OCDETF uses a prosecutor-led, intelligence-based, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of the federal government to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the top-level drug smugglers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States. State and local law enforcement agencies for criminal networks.

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