Woman Awaiting Trial for Drug Charges

Grandma Accused of Running Drug Ring

(USNewsBreak.com) – Drugs continue to be a major problem in the United States. While many place the blame on cartels and drug traffickers running giant rings in the country, sometimes, those you suspect least end up being some of the biggest perpetrators. In California, prosecutors have accused one woman of running a drug ring out of her home and living a double life.

Back in March, authorities arrested 64-year-old Joanne Marian Segovia for allegedly illegally trying to import Valeryl fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. Adding a bit of shock factor to the story, Segovia worked as an executive director for the San Jose Police Officers Association at the time of her arrest. Many considered her the “grandma” of the organization and were understandably surprised at her arrest. Making matters worse, Segovia allegedly used her job’s UPS account to ship the drugs. San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan spoke about the situation to KRON4, saying it was “an incredibly disturbing allegation.”

The criminal complaint against Segovia alleged that between October 2015 and January 2023, she received dozens of shipments from several countries, including Singapore, Hong Kong, India, and Hungary. Shippers labeled the packages as containing inconspicuous items, but when authorities opened a few, they found disturbing evidence they couldn’t ignore. The shipments had thousands of pills, including Tapentadol and Tramadol. One package coming from China said it included a clock, but inside, federal agents found valeryl fentanyl.

The suspect reportedly used WhatsApp, a messaging platform, to communicate with the reported suppliers. The messages contained pictures of the shipping labels, pills, and payment confirmations.

Segovia has denied all the allegations. She’s currently awaiting trial and has continued living her life normally, recently appearing at a little league game with a few stipulations. The suspect must wear a GPS monitor and had to surrender all her travel documents, and she cannot use drugs or drink heavily. If convicted, the grandmother faces up to 20 years in prison.

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