By Xochitl Bott, Marketing –
At least six people have been convicted in a nationwide drug trafficking ring spanning from California to New York. Three of these people must spend at least 100 months in prison, with one maxing out at 200 months. The most recent sentencing involved Katherine Matthews, a woman from Los Angeles, with 168 months.
Matthews, along with Robert Carlson, helped the Sinaloa Cartel from Mexico send cocaine throughout the United States, specifically from California to the East Coast. Thousands of kilograms were sent, and in return Matthews brought back millions of dollars for the Sinaloa Cartel. But it was the way the drugs were traveling that tipped off the officials about this illegal activity.
In 2017, Robert Carlson was found on a private plane in Lexington full of cocaine and methamphetamine that left Southern California. He admitted to planning and organizing this certain trip and was convicted to 200 months in 2019. This led to the arrest of the pilot of the plane, Robert Wallace. Wallace was a private pilot and in 2020 admitted to flying almost 10 trips for Carlson. He helped transport these drugs. But Wallace at first did not know what his trips were for; he was blindly flying these drugs across the country. Once he found out, he did at least one more trip for Carlson.
Based on the lengthy prison sentences for some of these people, the U.S. does not tolerate illegal drug trafficking, even though it happens every day. What is alarming is that people are willing to transport these drugs, whether it means they get paid or keep some of the drugs. Wallace was a private pilot, meaning he had a well-paying job and was most likely within a company that specialized in private pilots. His company had no idea Wallace was transporting drugs. Imagine if his company found out first that he was participating in this illegal ring before the cops did.
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