SACRAMEDO, California (AP) – A couple in Northern California not only smuggled drugs into five other states, but repeatedly posed as federal law enforcement officers as part of the national system, according to a major U.S. jury this week.
A federal court in Sacramento on Thursday indicted Quinten Giovanni Moody, also known as Christano Rossi, 37, and Myra Boleche Minks, 46, for drug trafficking, impersonation of federal law enforcement officials, and lawlessness.
They used couriers, airline employees and a shipping company to ship marijuana grown in California to Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada and Texas from 2017 until this year, prosecutors said. The container, purchased for $ 1,500 a pound in California in 2017, would sell for $ 2,600 a pound in Georgia, according to an FBI affidavit.
And from last year to this spring, Minks was said to have repeatedly posed as various federal agents in an effort to learn or stop the investigation. He also posed as an airline employee in an effort to persuade other employees to let a courier complete the delivery of drugs, the affidavit says.
Officials were seeking to arrest Minks and did not know of a lawyer who could speak on her behalf.
On six different occasions, they claim that Minks pretended in various ways that he was a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency. a U.S. Assistant Attorney at Law FBI Special Agent. U.S. Secret Service Officer; and U.S. Department of Justice Officer.
The tricks involved posing as a DEA agent in what the affidavit said was an attempt to obtain confidential information from an April 2020 shooting exchange between two vehicles on an interstate highway in Oakland, California, which left a victim dead. .
Investigators found nearly $ 375,000 in cash packed in two suitcases from the deceased’s vehicle.
The couple also allegedly submitted fake federal search warrants to a telephone company in an attempt to obtain location information for a cell phone and that they gave fake federal court orders to two different tugboat companies in repeated attempts to retrieve two Moody’s safe vehicles. parking at the FBI office in Atlanta.
Finally, the couple, along with co-accused Jessica Tang of Sacramento, allegedly used IDs stolen from unsuspecting individuals to file for unemployment insurance, prompting the California Department of Employment Development to raise more than $ 120,000.
“Madam. Tang is a 48-year-old mother without a record. And then she met Myra Minks and now she has been charged,” said Tang’s lawyer, Thomas A. Johnson.
Multiple charges carry different maximum sentences, including up to 20 years in prison for conspiracy and mail fraud charges.
Moody’s lawyer, Adam Gasner, has said his client will plead not guilty.
“We demand that there be no rush into the crisis and that Mr Moody be allowed to defend himself in court and benefit from due process,” Gassner said in an email.