Jacksonville, Florida – Senior United States District Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger has sentenced Leonard M. Green to 15 years in federal prison for possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Green had pleaded guilty on January 4, 2023.
According to court documents, on May 19, 2021, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted an undercover controlled receipt of a drug package that contained approximately 4.63 kilograms of methamphetamine from a drug trafficking organization (DTO) in Mexico. The package was to be shipped from Calexico, California to Jacksonville. HSI (San Diego) coordinated with HSI Jacksonville and the United States Postal Service Inspection Service (USPIS) after the undercover agent received instructions from the Mexican DTO to divide the methamphetamine and send it to two addresses in Florida.
On May 27, 2021, one of the packages containing more than two kilograms of methamphetamine was sent to Green’s residence. After the package arrived, federal agents executed a search warrant of the premises and interviewed Green. During the interview, Green admitted to receiving the package, owning a firearm as a convicted felon, and operating his residence as a drop spot for drugs being mailed to the Jacksonville area for a local drug trafficker.
“Illicit and dangerous drugs continue to ravage our communities, and this career criminal did not learn his lesson the first time,” said Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Assistant Special Agent in Charge K. Jim Phillips. “Alongside our partners at the U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service and our dedicated task force officers, HSI continues our commitment to rid our streets from this poison that tears our communities apart.”
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the United States Postal Service Inspection Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kirwinn Mike.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
Originally published at https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdfl/pr/jacksonville-convicted-felon-sentenced-15-years-federal-prison-methamphetamine-he
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