Pasadena Man Pleads Guilty in LA-to-Detroit Heroin and Coke Smuggling Syndicate

Published : Friday, September 14, 2018 | 3:18 PM

A Pasadena man who was linked to a drug syndicate that smuggled heroin and cocaine on flights from Los Angeles to Detroit has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.

Kevin Blair, 46, also known as “Wood,” is awaiting sentencing on December 17 at the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles after he pleaded guilty Friday.

The charge carries a minimum of 10 years to life in federal prison.

Blair was arrested by federal agents in 2017 and ordered held without bail, a month after several kilograms of narcotics were seized at Los Angeles International Airport.

He was earlier taken into custody by the Pasadena Police Department in connection with an outstanding felony warrant for assault with intent to murder issued by a court in Wayne County, Michigan.

During the arrest, authorities found a UPS receipt in his possession for a shipment from Los Angeles to Detroit, which led to law enforcement authorities in Michigan intercepting a package Blair sent – it contained about two pounds of suspected heroin and an ounce of fentanyl, according to the criminal complaint.

The shipment was subsequently linked to another incident in March that year when authorities found more than four pounds of heroin and about two pounds of cocaine in checked luggage at LAX in the name of a Detroit woman who was charged with being a drug courier.

According to federal prosecutors, the woman, Kennsha Mason, worked for a Detroit man, Delano “Bop Bop” LeFlore, who made arrangements for her to travel to Los Angeles and meet Blair at a townhouse on South Oakland Avenue in Pasadena, where Blair allegedly supplied the narcotics that were discovered in her luggage.

Pasadena police officers turned Blair over to federal agents in April last year after the drug trafficking charges were filed.
Authorities said Blair was the leader of the scheme which involved four defendants.

Aside from Mason, 30, and LeFlore, 38, both of whom have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing, another woman, Gabriela Maria De Leon, pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge and was sentenced to time served for what authorities said was her lesser role in the scheme.

The Pasadena Police Department provided valuable assistance to the investigation by the DEA Los Angeles International Airport Narcotics Task Force, an inter-agency team that involved the FBI, the Los Angeles Airport Police, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The Task Force also worked closely with the United States Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration.

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