California Police Union Exec Charged With Attempt To Import, Sell Fentanyl | Report

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 03/31/2023
The U.S. Attorney's Office filed a federal criminal complaint against Joanne Marian Segovia, Executive Director of the San Jose Police Officers' Association, accusing her of trying to bring drugs into the country for sale. According to a news statement from the Department of Justice, this was announced by United States Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Tatum King.

According to the lawsuit, 64-year-old Segovia used both her home and work computers to place orders for thousands of tablets, including opioids. The complaint alleges that Segovia aimed to distribute the prohibited substances to other locations in the United States.


Segovia was arrested as part of a Department of Homeland Security operation targeting a drug trafficking ring importing illegal substances into the San Francisco Bay Area.

The complaint states that between October 2015 and January 2023, she received at least 61 packages at her residence. Many different countries contributed to the shipments, including Hong Kong, Hungary, India, and Singapore.

The goods were sent under the false pretense that they were "Wedding Party Favors," "Gift Makeup," or "Chocolate and Sweets," as the lawsuit alleges. Yet when officials inspected five of these shipments between July 2019 and January 2023, they discovered thousands of pills of banned substances worth tens of thousands of dollars.

The complaint further states that Segovia utilized WhatsApp's encrypted messaging service to plot the delivery and receipt of the pills.

Even after being examined by federal authorities in February 2023, it is alleged that she still placed orders for controlled narcotics. On March 13, 2023, in Kentucky, federal officials discovered fentanyl inside a box sent to Segovia. This package was supposedly sent from China.

Segovia is facing charges related to an alleged attempt to import valeryl fentanyl. She might get up to 20 years in prison for it under current law.

Joseph Tartakovsky, an assistant U.S. attorney, and Margoth Turcios are leading the prosecution. The day the criminal complaint was submitted was March 27th, 2023. The seal was broken on March 28.

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