Former Fugitive Sentenced In 2012 Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

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A Tucson fugitive, Oliver Jaramillo Brown, 34, was sentenced this week to six years in prison, after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Methamphetamine on June 27, 2023.

Brown’s prison is to be followed by five years of supervised release.

According to the Department of Justice, Brown was involved in a Nogales, Sonora-based drug trafficking conspiracy that used Tucson as a staging ground for distribution into the United States. Brown played numerous roles in the organization, including escorting loads of drugs driven into the United States by other conspirators, escorting loads of drugs to destinations in the United States, loading and unloading drugs from these vehicles, and assisting at a location where drugs were being stashed. Over the course of the government investigation, the United States seized more than 140 kilograms of cocaine, more than 60 kilograms of “ice” methamphetamine, over $1 million in bulk cash, and two firearms.

On March 10, 2012, Brown fled to Mexico while the government was making arrests of the United States-based members of the conspiracy. Brown lived in Mexico for more than a decade before he attempted to return to the United States in late 2022 and was apprehended on the fugitive warrant in this case.

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