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Feds indict former owner of Houston luxury vehicle dealerships for drug trafficking

April 11, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds indict former owner of Houston luxury vehicle dealerships for drug trafficking

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A man in Houston who once was the owner of a string of luxury car dealerships has been arrested on charges of managing a drug trafficking organization that was in business for the last five years, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas revealed.

According to a Justice Department press release,  John D. Leontaritis, was taken into custody last Friday. A two-count indictment filed last week alleged Leontaritis plotted to distribute 500 grams or more of meth.

The indictments also claimed that between 2013 and 2017, he plotted with others to traffic and distribute meth in Houston and Beaumont.

A federal grand jury has already indicted seven other members of the drug enterprise, and they have been charged with manufacturing and distributing thousands of pills comprised of a combination of meth.

Court records indicated that the drug trafficking group made over $3.7 million from their illicit business. If convicted, Leontaritis faces ten years to life in a federal lockup.

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