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Valley arrest in international drug ring

Posted: 7:54 PM, Jan 28, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-28 22:27:48-05

Nineteen people from four states were arrested in connection with an international drug trafficking and illegal gambling ring that authorities allege was headed by a former college athlete.

Arrests were made Wednesday in Southern California, Sacramento, Arizona, Louisiana and Virginia, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Court documents say Valley resident Derek Loville, a former running back in the NFL, made sure drugs were distributed and collected payments from customers and for those who didn't pay up. Documents indicate they would receive death threats until they handed over the cash.

Owen Hanson was also arrested. Hanson played football and volleyball at the University of Southern California more than a decade ago. Hanson was a walk-on tight end and not a major player for the Trojan football team. He was arrested in September on a San Diego-area golf course.

They are among nearly two dozen people indicted this month in San Diego.

The federal indictment, unsealed Wednesday, alleges that Hanson ran an organization known as "ODOG" that sold drugs from heroin to meth, laundered millions of dollars through shell companies, operated illegal sports gambling websites, ran a network of bookies, and strong-armed debtors.

Federal authorities allege that the organization used violent threats against its debtors, including sending a DVD of a beheading and pictures of a family gravestone to one man who owed them $2 million.

Operations allegedly were also conducted in the Mexico, Peru and Australia.

A message left for Hanson's attorney wasn't immediately returned.

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