San Francisco Man Convicted Of Lsd And Ecstasy Trafficking Offenses
SAN FRANCISCO – A federal jury yesterday convicted defendant Oshan Cook of conspiracy to distribute MDMA (“ecstasy”), possession with the intent to distribute ecstasy, and possession with the intent to distribute LSD, United States Attorney MELINDA HAAG announced.
The guilty verdict followed a 4-day jury trial before U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White.
Evidence at trial showed that Mr. Cook, 35 years old, of San Francisco, participated in a conspiracy to distribute 1,383 grams of ecstasy that was delivered to an undercover DEA agent in a buy-bust operation, and that Mr. Cook was arrested on the day of the buy-bust operation, wearing a backpack containing 630 grams of ecstasy and 39.3 grams of liquid LSD.
Mr. Cook, along with 3 co-defendants, was charged by a federal grand jury in a Superseding Indictment on August 26, 2010. He was the last of the 4 defendants to be convicted in this case. Defendant Yuri Lambert previously pled guilty to an ecstasy trafficking offense, and Defendant James Edmonds pled guilty to an LSD trafficking offense. Both Mr. Lambert and Mr. Edmonds are currently serving 63 month sentences. Defendant Victoria Vanlaanen also pled guilty to an ecstasy trafficking offense, and is currently serving an 18 month sentence.
After the jury returned its verdict on November 1, 2012, Mr. Cook was remanded into the custody of the United States Marshals. Mr. Cook’s sentencing is scheduled for January 17, 2013, before Judge Jeffrey S. White in San Francisco. The maximum statutory penalty for distribution of more than 10 grams of LSD in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(a)(v) is life imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine. The maximum statutory penalty for the ecstasy trafficking offenses in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846, 841(a)(1), and 841(b)(1)(C) is 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.
Chinhayi Cadet and Pete Axelrod are the Assistant U.S. Attorneys who are prosecuting the case with the assistance of Ana Guerra, Jacquelyn Lovrin, and Erica Doerr. The prosecution is the result of a 2-year investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.