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May 20, 2016  
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Final Defendant in Las Vegas to Ohio Oxycodone Distribution Conspiracy Pleads Guilty
Rashod Todd also guilty of money laundering conspiracy

MAY 20 (COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Rashod D. Todd, 28, of Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to one count each of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Benjamin C. Glassman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Timothy J.  Plancon, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Kathy A. Enstrom, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation, Christopher White, Assistant Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the plea entered into today before U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson.

According to court documents, between 2012 and November 2015, Rashod Todd, Dajaun Brooks, Jordon Herring and Stephvon Covington conspired to possess and distribute oxycodone between Las Vegas and Columbus, as well as conspired to commit money laundering by concealing the source of the proceeds from the narcotics trafficking.

Todd obtained bulk amounts of oxycodone from middle men. The oxycodone was then transported and sold in Columbus for profit on the street to drug users. Todd frequently directed other members of the conspiracy to conceal the oxycodone and cash inside containers before they were shipped through the U.S. mail. Additionally, on numerous occasions, Todd personally carried oxycodone on commercial airline flights between Las Vegas and Columbus where the oxycodone was distributed on the streets of Columbus through a network of individuals under Todd’s direction.

Todd attempted to conceal his illicit proceeds by depositing money into the bank accounts of other individuals. These cash deposits funded the purchase of airline tickets that enabled couriers to transport oxycodone to Columbus and to transport bulk amounts of cash back to Todd in Las Vegas.

Todd pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Each crime is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

On March 16, 2016, Danny R. Williams, 29, and Sukita M. Williams, 43, both of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count each of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy to commit money laundering. A sentencing date has not been set.
According to court documents, beginning in November 2012, the pair went to physicians to obtain fraudulent prescriptions and either arranged for others to do the same, or used middlemen to obtain oxycodone. Once they obtained bulk amounts of the drug, the pills were transported to Columbus via the mail or on commercial airlines to be sold on the street to drug users. In addition, the couple attempted to conceal their illicit proceeds by depositing money into bank accounts of other individuals.

On May 4, 2016 Joquline D. Harris, 28, of Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. A sentencing date has not been set.

Harris conducted financial transactions to funnel the proceeds of the illegal distribution of oxycodone through two separate Ohio bank accounts opened by Sukita Williams, to bank accounts owned by Sukita Williams in Las Vegas. Harris further utilized the monies contained in these bank accounts and other illicit drug proceeds from Sukita Williams to purchase airline tickets for members of the drug trafficking organization. In addition, Harris utilized these illegal proceeds to make vehicle payments to a financial institution in Ohio for a vehicle that Sukita Williams operated in furtherance of drug and money laundering conspiracy.

On April 19, 2016, Dontonyo Courtney, 21, of Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Oxycodone. A sentencing date has not been set.

Additionally, on April 19, 2016, Alfred David James, Sr., 35, of Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone. A sentencing date has not been set.

Acting U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by the DEA, IRS, USPIS and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), as well as OCDETF Chief Michael J. Hunter, who is representing the United States in this case.


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