San Jose police union boss charged with importing and distributing synthetic fentanyl

Segovia was charged with "attempt to illegally import a controlled substance in connection with a scheme to bring synthetic opioids into the country."

Joshua Young North Carolina

On Monday, a criminal complaint was filed against 64-year-old Joanne Marian Segovia, the Executive Director of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association (SJPOA), over an alleged scheme to import synthetic opioids into the US and then distribute the drug, which is similar to fentanyl.

According to the Justice Department, Segovia was charged with "attempt to illegally import a controlled substance in connection with a scheme to bring synthetic opioids into the country and distribute them throughout the United States."

According to the complaint, which was announced by Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Tatum King and United States Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey, Segovia allegedly ordered thousands of pills to her house, both opioids and other varieties, using her home and work computers. She allegedly operated as part of a network that was bringing drugs into the San Francisco Bay Area for wider distribution.

Segovia allegedly had 61 shipments with labels such as Chocolate and Sweets, Gift Makeup, and Wedding Party Favors delivered from Singapore, India, Hungary, and Hong Kong. The packages were mailed to her home between October 2015 and January 2023.

Authorities began intercepting the packages between July 2019 and January 2023 and discovered the synthetic opioids Tapentadol and Tramadol.

Segovia allegedly used her San Jose Police Officers’ Association office to distribute the drugs, which were valued in the thousands of dollars.

According to the complaint, she used a San Jose Police Officers’ Association UPS account to send one package to a woman in North Carolina.

Segovia was interviewed by federal authorities investigating her activity in February 2023 but allegedly continued to order and distribute the controlled substances after that initial conversation. 

A package containing valeryl fentanyl that originated from China and was addressed to Segovia on March 10, 2023, was intercepted by agents on March 13 in Kentucky.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Joseph Tartakovsky and Segovia could face 20 years if convicted.


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