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January 16, 2017
Ex-USC football player pleads guilty to running drug ring
  Image result for usc Owen Hanson, a former USC football player accused of running an international drug ring, pled guilty Tuesday and agreed to a minimum prison sentence of 20 years. US Magistrate Judge Mitchell Dembin of San Diego federal court said the sentence could be extended to life for Hanson’s admitted crimes of dealing hundreds of kilos of cocaine, heroin and steroids. In addition, the judge ordered Hanson, 34, to forfeit $5 million in cash and up to $20 million in personal property. Hanson, who also played volleyball at Southern Cal a decade ago, managed at least five accomplices in a retail-and-wholesale drug operation based in the US and Australia, sources said. One of the dealer’s sidelines was supplying performance-enhancing drugs to professional athletes, according to sources familiar with the case. Hanson began his life of crime by running illegal sports-betting operations overseas, where he developed a reputation for collecting gambling debts quickly, aggressively — and sometimes violently. Early this decade, while still an international bookmaker, he allegedly saw and exploited opportunities to export cocaine from his native Los Angeles, where a kilo went for $20,000, to Australia, where it could fetch more than $150,000. Hanson became a person of interest to Australian authorities after retaining a professional gambler, RJ Cipriani (aka Robin Hood 702), to launder $2.5 million in cash through local casinos, according to court papers. Cipriani gambled the money away and returned to the US — only to have his and his wife’s lives threatened by Hanson unless he made good on the $2.5 million loss, according to court papers. Cipriani took his case to the FBI, which eventually led to Hanson’s arrest at a San Diego golf course in September 2015. “My family and I are elated that such a dangerous criminal has been put away in jail for a long time,” Cipriani told The Post. “Let it be known that those who meddle in the horrible business of drug peddling do so at their peril.” http://nypost.com/2017/01/11/ex-usc-football-player-pleads-guilty-to-running-drug-ring/