A 38-year-old man who hired a courier to carry multiple pounds of heroin and cocaine in her luggage on a flight from Los Angeles to Detroit was sentenced Monday to 10 years behind bars.
Delano “Bop Bop” Leflore was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder to serve five years of supervised release after he gets out of federal prison.
The Detroit man previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, a felony charge that carries a mandatory 10-year minimum sentence.
Three co-defendants also pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge. Kennsha Mason, the courier caught at Los Angeles International Airport with narcotics in her luggage, was sentenced last week to more than two years behind bars. Gabriela Maria De Leon got off with time already served for her minor role.
The Pasadena-based ringleader of the scheme, 47-year-old Kevin “Wood” Blair, is set to be sentenced Dec. 17.
The case began to unfold in March 2017 when authorities discovered more than four pounds of heroin and two pounds of cocaine in the checked luggage of Mason, who lives in Detroit.
Leflore had hired Mason to transport the drugs and made arrangements for her to travel to Los Angeles. Upon arrival, Mason went to a townhouse on South Oakland Avenue in Pasadena, where Blair supplied the narcotics that were discovered by law enforcement in her suitcase, according to federal prosecutors.