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Jury Convicts California Man in Methamphetamine Trafficking Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – After a week-long trial, a federal jury returned a guilty verdict convicting 
a California man of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substances.
Arturo Ledesma, Jr., 33, of Watsonville, CA, was charged in a superseding indictment on December 
10, 2019, with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances 
between January 2017 and May of 2018. The jury heard evidence that Ledesma supplied marijuana and 
methamphetamine to co-conspirators in California and Pennsylvania starting in 2017. In May of 2018, 
co-conspirators were arrested in Madison County, Illinois, while they trafficked more than 30 
pounds of methamphetamine across the country.

Sentencing  will  be  held  on  September  19,  2022,  before  the  Honorable  Chief  Judge  Nancy 

Co-Defendants Enrique Vazquez and Dastisha Velez of Reading, Pennsylvania; Mitchell Abreu of 
Pawtucket, Rhode Island; Jeremy Inderyas of Brooklyn, New York; and Lauren Korn of Basking Ridge, 
New Jersey, have all previously pled guilty to their roles in this drug conspiracy.

The Illinois State Police (ISP); the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); the Bureau of Alcohol, 
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); and the United States 
Marshal Service (USMS) participated in this investigation.

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug  Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF 
identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the  
United  States  using  a  prosecutor-led,  intelligence-driven,  multi-agency  approach.  
Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

Assistant United States Attorneys Daniel Kapsak, John Trippi, and Amanda Fischer prosecuted the

Updated June 8, 2022

Drug Trafficking