Former SBI Narcotics Agent's son sentenced in extensive drug conspiracy

- The leader of a drug trafficking network responsible for transporting more than one ton of marijuana to the Charlotte area and laundering more than $1.7 million in drug  proceeds was sentenced Tuesday.

According to Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, Ryan Tucker, 31, of Charlotte, was ordered to serve 292 months in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release.

Filed court documents and court proceedings indicate from in or about 2008 to in or about 2014, Tucker used individuals operating as “couriers” to transport well in excess of 2,000 lbs of marijuana from California to the Charlotte area.  

Court records show Tucker’s network  of  drug  couriers  included  Tucker’s  father,  Frederick  Elwood  Tucker,  a  retired  SBI narcotics  agent,  and  an  unindicted  commercial  pilot  who  used  a  private  jet  to  transport  a shipment. 

According  to  court  records, in most instances, Tucker’s couriers transported the packaged marijuana in vehicles and commercial freight carriers.  

Court documents show Tucker also utilized his and other individuals’ bank accounts to  launder  more  than  $1.7  million  of  the  proceeds  of  his  drug  trafficking.   

In court Tuesday, officials say Tucker’s  prison  sentence  was  enhanced,  based  on  other  relevant  factors,  including  Tucker’s possession  of  firearms,  his  leadership  role,  his  extensive  criminal  history,  and  an  incident  in which  he  shot  and  killed  a  person  who  was  attempting  to  rob  his  residence  of  drugs  or  drug money.

Ryan Tucker’s father, Frederick Elwood Tucker, 69, of Lead, South  Dakota, was previously sentenced to 37 month in prison, and three years of supervised release  for his role in the drug conspiracy.   

Officials say Ryan Tucker will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation  of a federal facility. All federal  sentences  are  served without the possibility of parole. 
 
This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation, code-named  “All  Tuckered  Out,”  which  is  being  led  by  HSI,  IRS,  and  CMPD.  

The ongoing investigation and prosecution for the government is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven R. Kaufman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte. 

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