Brothers Operating Import/Export Business Plead Guilty to International Drug Trafficking
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SAN DIEGO –Nathan Dulley and Andrew Dulley, brothers from Los Angeles, California, pleaded guilty today for their role in trafficking drugs for former USC football player Owen Hanson’s “ODOG” Enterprise, an international drug trafficking, money laundering and illegal gambling syndicate that operated in the United States, Central and South America, and Australia from 2012 to 2016.
According to court records, the ODOG Enterprise trafficked thousands of kilograms of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, MDMA (also known as “ecstasy”), and other drugs, routinely distributing controlled substances at wholesale and retail levels around the world. The Dulley brothers, who imported and exported fine chocolate, played an integral role in the ODOG Enterprise by shipping large quantities of cocaine from the United States to Australia. Upon receipt of cocaine from Hanson or his associates – usually in quantities of tens of kilograms or more – the Dulleys would intermix and package the cocaine with legitimate merchandise, so as to disguise the true contents from the shipper and customs authorities. Using their established import/export routes, the Dulleys would then send the cocaine to Australia, where it was distributed and sold by other members of the ODOG Enterprise.
“Transnational racketeering organizations represent a clear and present danger to the safety and security of our communities. Those who assist such criminal enterprises by allowing the corruption of their otherwise legitimate businesses will be held accountable for the harm wrought on our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman.
So far, all 22 other defendants charged in connection with this case have pleaded guilty, including:
- Owen Hanson, the founder of the ODOG Enterprise. Hanson was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison and ordered to pay a criminal forfeiture in the amount of $5,000,000, including $100,000 in gold and silver coins, a Porsche Panamera, two Range Rovers, luxury watches, homes in Costa Rica, Peru, and Cabo San Lucas, a sailboat, and interests in several businesses.
- Giovanni (“Tank”) Brandolino, Hanson’s second in command. Brandolino was sentenced in February 2018 to 87 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
- Luke Fairfield, a San Diego based Certified Public Accountant who assisted Hanson with laundering the proceeds of his various illegal endeavors by setting up shell corporations and advising members of the Enterprise on how to structure bank transactions to avoid law enforcement. On October 2, 2018, Fairfield was sentenced to 21 months in prison.
- Derek Loville, a former professional football player, who pleaded guilty to distributing retail quantities of drugs for the ODOG Enterprise in Arizona. In July 2017, Loville was sentenced to 15 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.
- Daniel Portley-Hanks, a Los Angeles-based private investigator who assisted Hanson with tracking down delinquent gamblers and other individuals who owed the enterprise money. Portley-Hanks pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
- Jack Rissell, an “enforcer” who, in one instance, travelled from Southern California to Minneapolis to attack a delinquent gambler in front of his family was sentenced to 24 months in prison.
Sentencing for both Nathan Dulley and Andrew Dulley is set for January 22, 2019, before District Judge William Q. Hayes.
The case arose out of a joint investigation by FBI, DEA, and the New South Wales (Australia) Police Force in conjunction with the New South Wales Crime Commission. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew P. Young, Benjamin Katz and Mark W. Pletcher are prosecuting the case.
DEFENDANT Case Number: 18CR4207-WQH
Nathan Dulley Age: 36
Andrew Dulley Age: 34
SUMMARY OF CHARGES
Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine, 21 U.S.C. § 846, 841(a)(1)
Maximum penalty: 20 years’ prison, $1,000,000 fine, lifetime of supervised release.
Federal Bureau of Investigation – San Diego Field Office
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency
Internal Revenue Service – San Diego
Australian Crime Commission
New South Wales Police Force
New South Wales Crime Commission