Eight Current and Former Law Enforcement Officers, Four Correctional Officers, and Others Sentenced for Their Participation in Drug Distribution Conspiracy

Eight current and former law enforcement officers, four correctional officers and two other individuals have been sentenced for their participation in trafficking narcotics and narcotics proceeds for a purported large-scale drug trafficking organization. The individuals used their affiliation with law enforcement to make money by protecting shipments of purported narcotics and narcotics proceeds.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney John Stuart Bruce of the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement.

Senior United States District Court Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced the following 14 defendants on a variety of charges, including conspiracy to distribute illegal narcotics, firearm charges and bribery charges: Lann Tjuan Clanton, 38, of Garysburg, N.C., was sentenced to 195 months in prison; Ikeisha Jacobs, 34, of Rich Square, N.C., was sentenced to 120 months in prison; Jason Boone, 31, of Henrico, N.C., was sentenced to 96 months in prison; Wardie Vincent Jr., 37, of Henrico, N.C., was sentenced to 72 months in prison; Adrienne Moody, 39, of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., was sentenced to 87 months in prison; Cory Jackson, 45, of Garysburg, N.C., was sentenced to 87 months in prison; Jimmy Pair Jr., 51, of Pleasant Hill, N.C., was sentenced to 87 months in prison; Curtis Boone, 38, of Gaston, N.C., was sentenced to 87 months in prison; Thomas Jefferson Allen II, 39, of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., was sentenced to 87 months in prison; Alaina Sue-Kam-Ling, 28, of Charlotte, N.C., was sentenced to 38 months in prison; Kavon Phillips, 27, of Rich Square, N.C., was sentenced to 57 months in prison; Alphonso Ponton, 45, of Weldon, N.C., was sentenced to 48 months in prison; Crystal Pierce, 33, of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., was sentenced to 6 months in prison and 6 months of house arrest; and Tohsa Dailey, 37, of Garysburg, N.C., was sentenced to 24 months in prison.

According to factual statements made in connection with the defendants’ guilty pleas, at the time of the crimes charged, Jacobs, Jason Boone, Pair Jr., Curtis Boone and Allen were Deputy Sheriffs at the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office; Clanton, Vincent Jr. and Jackson were former law enforcement officers; Moody, Sue-Kam-Ling, Phillips and Ponton were correctional officers; and Dailey was a 911 dispatch operator for Northampton County.

The charges stemmed from a large-scale undercover investigation into allegations of systemic law enforcement corruption in Northampton County. Admissions made in connection with the defendants’ guilty pleas revealed that during the course of the undercover investigation, the defendants aided in transporting purported illegal narcotics and illegal narcotics proceeds through North Carolina and elsewhere in exchange for thousands of dollars of payments.

In May 2017, a jury convicted a fifteenth defendant, Antonio Tillmon, 33, of Windsor, N.C., of drug, firearm and bribery charges relating to this scheme. Tillmon, a former North Carolina police officer, is set for sentencing during the Court’s September 12, term. All 15 defendants indicted in this case have now been convicted of various offenses.

The case was investigated by the FBI’s Charlotte Division, Raleigh Resident Agency. The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Lauren Bell and Molly Gaston of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Toby W. Lathan of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Component(s):
Criminal Division
USAO – North Carolina, Eastern

Press Release Number:
17-663

Uber Driver Charged With Sexually Assaulting Passenger

An Uber driver was charged with raping a female passenger in a motel while she was unconscious, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Alaric Spence (dob 9/17/70) was charged in case BA458608 with three felony counts: kidnapping to commit rape, rape of an unconscious person and rape by use of drugs.

The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Prosecutors are asking that bail be set at $1.1 million.

Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller of the Sex Crimes Division is prosecuting the case.

On June 23, Spence is accused of picking up a 24-year-old woman in downtown Los Angeles. The defendant then allegedly drove the victim to a motel in North Hollywood where he raped her, the prosecutor said.

The victim was intoxicated and unconscious at the time of the sexual assault, the prosecutor added.

When the woman woke up, she reported what happened to police. Spence was arrested a short time later.

If convicted as charged, Spence faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division.

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Former Agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration Pleads Guilty to Stealing Fraud Proceeds

A former special agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) pleaded guilty June 27, 2017 to stealing fraud proceeds that she had been assigned to recover on behalf of fraud victims, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge Michael P. Tompkins of the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

Artemis Papadakis, 57, of Richmond, California, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jill L. Burkhardt of the Southern District of California to an information charging her with theft by a government official. Sentencing has been scheduled for September 11 before U.S. District Judge John A. Houston.

According to the plea agreement, Papadakis admitted that she was stationed by the DEA in Nicosia, Cyprus, between 2008 and 2014. While in Cyprus, Papadakis was assigned to help the U.S. Government recover the proceeds of an American fraud scheme that had been frozen in the banking system in northern Cyprus. When Papadakis was transferred from Cyprus to San Francisco in June 2014, the funds had not yet been recovered. Papadakis admitted that she was told not to pursue the matter regarding the funds following her transfer. But when she was in Cyprus in October 2015 on personal business, Papadakis took possession of $310,000 of the funds without notifying anyone at the DEA or in the U.S. Government that she had done so.

According to the plea agreement, Papadakis mailed approximately $230,000 of those funds from Cyprus to her home address in California and later took possession of an additional $20,000 of those funds from a third party when he visited her in the U.S. Papadakis admitted that she hid the $250,000 in her flower pots at her home in California, and did not disclose to anyone at the DEA or in the U.S. Government that she had taken possession of the fraud proceeds. Papadakis further admitted that on or about Feb. 22, 2016, she surrendered the $250,000 to the U.S. government under the false cover story that she had just received it via an unexpected package from Cyprus.

The Justice Department’s OIG investigated the case. Trial Attorneys Jonathan Kravis and Molly Gaston of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section are prosecuting the case.

Press Release Number:
17-710

Component(s):
Criminal Division

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