California police union exec, 64, charged with running eight-year, global opioids operation from her home and using the union’s UPS account to ship illegal narcotics
Joanne Marian Segovia, 64, executive director of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, was charged with attempting to unlawfully import opioids including valeryl fentanyl
Starting in 2015, Segovia had at least 61 drug shipments mailed to her San Jose home from India, Hong Kong, Hungary and Singapore
Drugs were shipped with manifests that listed their contents as ‘wedding party favors,’ ‘gift makeup,’ ‘chocolate and sweets’ and ‘food supplement,’
Segovia used WhatsApp messaging service and her personal and office computers to order thousands of opioid tablets and other pills to her home
Segovia continued to order controlled substances even after being interviewed by federal investigators in February, according to the arrest complaint
If convicted, Segovia faces up to 20 years in prison
Joanne Marian Segovia, [photo], executive director of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, has been charged with attempting to unlawfully import opioids from home and police union address
A San Jose grandmother has allegedly been importing fentanyl from India and other countries into the U.S. and has been using her home as a base for the global drug operation.
Joanne Marian Segovia, 64, is the executive director of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, and was charged with attempting to unlawfully import valeryl fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, federal prosecutors said in a statement Wednesday. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison.
Starting in 2015, Segovia had at least 61 drug shipments mailed to her San Jose home from India, Hong Kong, Hungary and Singapore with manifests that listed their contents as ‘wedding party favors,’ ‘gift makeup,’ ‘chocolate and sweets’ and ‘food supplement,’ according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday.
In at least once instance she is accused of using her work computer and address and the police union’s UPS account to ship the drugs within the U.S.
Segovia see [photo right, with an officer], has worked for the police union in San Francisco since 2003, planning funerals for officers killed in the line of duty, the liaison between the dept and the families. She also organized office festivities and fundraisers
The police union in San Jose, acknowledged that Segovia has worked for the union since 2003, planning funerals for officers who die in the line of duty, being the liaison between the department and the officers’ families and organizing office festivities and fundraisers.
Union spokesperson Tom Saggau, said that federal officials informed the union last Friday that Joanne Segovia was under investigation and that no one else at the union was involved or knew about Segovia’s alleged acts.
The revelation shocked her colleagues, ‘We didn’t have any reason to suspect her,’ Saggau said, adding that the union’s board of directors has pledged to fully support the federal investigation.
Federal prosecutors said that in 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a parcel being sent to her home address that contained $5,000 worth of Tramadol, a synthetic opioid, and sent her a letter telling her they were seizing the pills.
Segovia was seen in a care-free photoshoot with a friend wearing matching outfits a stark contrast from her alleged shady drug business
Doting grandma Joanne Segovia appears in several pictures with her grandchildren, in multiple social media posts
The next year, the CBP again intercepted a shipment of Tramadol valued at $700 and sent her a seizure letter, court records showed.
However, federal officials only began investigating Segovia in 2022, after her name and home address popped up on the cellphone of a suspected drug dealer, part of a network that ships controlled substances made in India to the San Francisco Bay Area.
That drug trafficking network has distributed hundreds of thousands of pills in 48 states, federal prosecutors said.
The complaint said Segovia used WhatsApp messaging service and her personal and office computers to order thousands of opioid tablets and other pills to her home.
She allegedly also agreed to distribute the drugs elsewhere in the United States.
It remains unclear if her husband Dom,seen [left] with the suspect, was aware of the operations Joanne was running out of their home
On at least one occasion in 2021, Segovia shipped the illicit drugs to a North Carolina address by using the police union’s UPS account, prosecutors said. That address is linked to at least five illicit drug seizures, they said.
Investigators found hundreds of photographs in a WhatsApp chat on Segovia’s cellphone, including an image of the UPS shipping slip and another one of a computer screen showing a PayPal payment to an Indian name and Segovia’s police union business cards under it.
‘Based on my training and experience, I know that shippers of controlled substances often send receipts and tracking numbers as proof that they in fact sent a package,’ according to the arrest affidavit.
‘I believe that the receipt provided by Segovia was offered by her as proof that she sent a package to the North Carolina addressee.’
Segovia continued to order controlled substances even after being interviewed by federal investigators in February, prosecutors said.
Starting in 2015, Segovia had at least 61 drug shipments mailed to her San Jose home from India, Hong Kong, Hungary and Singapore, and at least once used her work computer and address [photo], and the union’s UPS account to ship the drugs
On March 13, federal agents seized a parcel in Kentucky, containing valeryl fentanyl, addressed to Segovia.
The package allegedly originated from China three days earlier and declared its contents as a ‘clock,’ prosecutors said.
The person people see on Segovia’s social media accounts is a doting mother of Jennifer and wife of Dom.
She appears in multiple pictures with her grandchildren, Jennifer’s kids, as well as loving pictures with her husband.
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