40-million-dollar drug-trafficking enterprise brought down, 15 charged

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Federal agents and several Indiana law enforcement offices worked together to bring down a drug-trafficking enterprise with assets worth over 40-million dollars.
The United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Indiana announced Friday that fifteen people have been charged with trafficking semi-truckloads of drugs and money laundering, which includes several suspects in Indiana and key parts of the operation taking place in the Hoosier State.
Adewale Adediran is accused of being the leader of the operation. According to the indictment, from 2016 until this year, Adediran and his partners used warehouses, “commercial-level logistics”, semi-trucks and airplanes to distribute over 40-million dollars worth of marijuana throughout the United States and bring in millions of dollars in cash. The indictment says the suspects used cashier’s checks and bank accounts to launder the money. Agents have seized over three tons of marijuana and THC-containing products and firearms, worth over 10-million-dollars.
Adediran was arrested in California. Ten of the suspects, which includes Adediran, have been arrested. Four of those arrested are from Indiana. Police are still looking for the other five.
These are the names of the suspects and their charges:
Adewale Adediran, 36, Orange, CA Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana; Continuing Criminal Enterprise; and Money Laundering Conspiracy
Jazmine Adediran, 31, Orange, CA Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana; Money Laundering Conspiracy
Crystal Thomas, 33, Irvine, CA Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
Hugo Molina, 45, Irvine, CA Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
Tayo Muyiwa Olukoya, 53, Irvine, CA
**FUGITIVE** Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
Stephen Lamar Richardson, 51, Noblesville, IN Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
Teoddy Carillo Domingo, 46, Tustin, CA Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana; Money Laundering Conspiracy
Jeremy Quire, 44, Tampa, FL
**FUGITIVE** Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
Marquis Bruce, 34, Tampa, FL
**FUGITIVE** Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
Nathan Canary, 37, Indianapolis, IN Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime; and Possession of a Firearm as a Previously Convicted Felon
Richard Davis, 32, Fishers, IN Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
Rafael Smith, 30, Fortville, IN Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
John Carson, 36, Louisville, KY Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
Mercedes Blackwell, 27, Woodland Hills, CA
**FUGITIVE** Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana; Money Laundering Conspiracy
Donnell Cooper, 30, Las Vegas, NV
**FUGITIVE** Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana; Money Laundering Conspiracy
Other than guns and drugs, police also seized or restrained cash and bank accounts totaling over $8 million; a private jet valued at $900,000; numerous luxury automobiles, including two Rolls-Royces, two Bentleys, a Ford GT, and a Lamborghini, valued at $2 million; high-end jewelry valued at over $8 million; numerous pieces of artwork and collectible items valued at $850,000; and nine pieces of real estate with a total value of $10 million.
Charge details and law enforcement acknowledgements pulled from the press release:
“If convicted on the conspiracy with intent to distribute marijuana charges, each face between ten years to life imprisonment, no less than five years supervised release, and a $10,000,000 fine. If convicted on the continuing criminal enterprise charge, Adediran faces a mandatory twenty years up to lifetime imprisonment, no more than five years supervised release, and a $2,000,000 fine. If convicted on the money laundering charge, each faces up to twenty years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a $500,000 fine. Actual sentences are determined by a federal district court judge and are typically less than the maximum penalties.
Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Michael Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Indianapolis Field Office, and Justin Campbell, Special Agent in Charge of IRS-Criminal Investigation Chicago Field Office made the announcement.

2 COMMENTS

  1. What a waste of time and resources over marijuana! South Bend has so many shootings and problems with overdoses of hard drugs. That’s what you should be spending time fixing. The violent crime rate is off the charts and your going after pot smokers…wonder how many people died while you guys were tracking weed?? Answer….too many!

  2. Marijuana is going to be legal soon this is a waste of time and tax payers money every one smokes weed now days a lot of people smoke for health reasons

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