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Leader of Violent Drug Trafficking Enterprise Pleads Guilty

The leader of a violent drug trafficking and gambling enterprise plead guilty on Tuesday to racketeering, the U.S. Attorney's Office confirmed.

Owen Hanson, 34, leader of ODOG Enterprise admitted to trafficking hundreds of kilograms of drugs including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and Ecstasy. He also admitted to operating a gambling and money laundering enterprise in the U.S., South America and Australia between 2012 to 2016.

ODOG Enterprise distributed performance enhancing drugs to professional athletes and ran a gambling operation on sporting events, according to the plea agreement.

Hanson's enterprise used violence and threatened individuals in owed them money. 

Along with Hanson, two associates also pleaded guilty—Giovanni Brandolino, 42, and 50-year-old Jeff Belandi.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 16 out of 22 defendants charged in the case have pleaded guilty so far.

If convicted, Hanson could face life in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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