California Man Found Guilty for Meth and Marijuana Dealing
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – After a week-long trial, a federal jury returned a guilty verdict convicting a California man of conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver controlled substances.
Arturo Ledesma, Jr., 33, of Watsonville, Calif., was charged in a superseding indictment on Dec. 10, 2019, with supplying marijuana and methamphetamine between January 2017 and May 2018 to co-conspirators in California and Pennsylvania. In May 2018, the co-conspirators were arrested in Madison County, Illinois, while they trafficked more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine across the country.
Sentencing will be held on Sept. 19, 2022.
Co-Defendants Enrique Vazquez and Dastisha Velez of Reading, Penn.; Mitchell Abreu of Pawtucket, R.I.; Jeremy Inderyas of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Lauren Korn of Basking Ridge, N.J., have all previously pled guilty to their roles in this drug conspiracy.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Illinois State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Marshal Service participated in this investigation.
This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.