The NTF is a DEA-led task force comprised of federal and local law enforcement from the DEA, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSD), the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), United States Border Patrol (USBP), and the San Diego County Probation Office. “I want to congratulate the outstanding federal, state, and local law enforcement cooperation that has resulted in this highly successful investigation. “It's a federal felony that the FBI and our law enforcement partners take very seriously.”, DEFENDANT                                               Case Number 20CR3106JLS, Stephen Glenn McLeod                                                  Age: 38           San Diego, Aiming a Laser Pointer at an Aircraft – Title 18, United States Code, Section 39A, Maximum penalty: Five years in prison, $250,000 fine. Freedom is priceless. If you sell drugs in San Diego, we will find you and prosecute you to the full extent of the law,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer. McLeod was arraigned in federal court today. Attorneys John Parmley (619) 546-7957 and SAN DIEGO – An indictment was unsealed in federal court today charging San Diego resident Stephen Glenn McLeod with knowingly aiming the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft on August 28, 2020. Assistant U.S. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846), Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments (18 U.S.C. Attorneys Matthew J. Sutton (619) 546-8941 and Mario Peia (619) 546-9706. For money laundering charges, term of custody up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the monetary instrument or funds involved, and three years of supervised release. According to the indictments and other publicly filed court documents, this year-long investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service targeted multiple San Diego-based drug distribution and money laundering networks led respectively by Juan Carlos OCHOA, Rene VALDEZ Jr., Ramon CASTILLO, Michael WRIGHT, Alfonso ARROYO, Douglas BOWEN, Samuel BECERRA, and Javier VERGARA. Today South County is free to live without a criminal undertone which eroded their daily quality of life.”, “A significant portion of the indictments unsealed today are alleged money laundering conspiracy violations and the asset forfeiture allegations,” stated Assistant Special Agent in Charge Johnathan Smith. These are serious crimes that come with serious time.”. During the coordinated takedown that began early this morning, investigators executed over a dozen search warrants and seized approximately four pounds of methamphetamine and two firearms. Bill Education Benefits, U.S. Navy Service Members Sentenced in Sweeping Corruption and Insurance Fraud Scheme, Former Biologist Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars From San Diego Zoo, San Diego Man Charged with Aiming a Laser Pointer at Police Helicopter During a Protest, An Indictment Was Unsealed in Federal Court Today Charging San Diego Resident Stephen Glenn McLeod with Knowingly Aiming the Beam of a Laser Pointer at an Aircraft on August 28, 2020, U.S. Attorney Announces Resources for Voter Intimidation and Election Fraud, North Park Gang Member, Who Was Previously Convicted of RICO, Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking of a Minor, San Diego Man Pleads Guilty to Three Robberies, San Diego Laboratory Phamatech Agrees to Pay $3 Million to Settle Fraudulent Medicare Billing Case, National Health Care Fraud and Opioid Takedown Results in Charges Against 345 Defendants Responsible for More Than $6 Billion in Alleged Fraud Losses; San Diego Defendants Charged, False Claims of Hacked Voter Information Likely Intended to Cast Doubt on Legitimacy of U.S. This case was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Narcotics Task Force (NTF) and the Internal Revenue Service. U.S. Magistrate Judge Goddard set a personal appearance bond of $35,000, guaranteed by two financial responsible adults. SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA – Federal indictments unsealed in San Diego Wednesday charge 20 people with cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine trafficking, authorities reported. § 922(g)(1)), Importation of a Controlled Substance (21 U.S.C. Authorities are continuing to search for 38 defendants. Over the course of the investigation, agents obtained dozens of search warrants and conducted a 10-month-long federal wiretap to track the communications and the location of the defendants.