BRUNSWICK, Ga. – A felon pleaded guilty Monday for his role in running a drug trafficking organization while imprisoned in the Calhoun State Prison in Morgan, Georgia, on a kidnapping conviction.
Evidence showed Daniel Roger Alo, 46, formed the organization made up of gang members inside and outside of prison, including members of the Ghost Face Gangsters, the Bloods, and the Gangster Disciples, as well as people associated with Mexican drug cartels.
The Department of Justice said Alo used drones to smuggle cellphones and other contraband inside the prison.
While Alo used cellphones inside to coordinate drug deals, on the outside, members of the organization distributed pounds of crystal methamphetamine throughout the Southeast, the DOJ said.
During an investigation into Alo, agents seized more than 15 firearms, several which were stolen or had obliterated serial numbers, thousands of rounds of ammunition, more than 15 pounds of crystal meth, multiple vehicles, two drones and more than $600,000.
“This defendant is an example of the enormous challenges that our law enforcement partners face in their fight against illegal drugs in our communities," U.S. Attorney Edward Tarver said. "Alo used readily available technology to continue his substantial criminal behavior even while confined in a secure state prison.
It is necessary and appropriate that his next stop be a federal prison.”