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'Grandma' of California Police Union Charged With Running Domestic Fentanyl Operation


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Ben Kew

March 31, 2023


San Jose Police Officers Association executive director Joanne Marian Segovia was arrested for allegedly running a drug operation from her home. (Credit San Jose Police Officers Association/Linkedin)

Federal officials have charged the executive director of a police union in California with running a drug operation from her residence and using her office computer and UPS account to procure and distribute opioids and various other drugs.

On Wednesday, Joanne Marian Segovia, an employee of the San Jose Police Officers Association since 2003, was accused of trying to illicitly bring in a synthetic opioid known as Valeryl fentanyl. If convicted of the charges, she faces up to 20 years in prison.

The president of the San Jose Police Officers Association expressed his shock at the charges against Segovia, the union’s longtime executive director.


According to the Justice Department, Segovia would import packages hiding drugs inside:

The complaint alleges that between October 2015 and January 2023, Segovia had at least 61 shipments mailed to her home, originating from countries including Hong Kong, Hungary, India, and Singapore. The manifests for these shipments declared their contents with labels like “Wedding Party Favors,” “Gift Makeup,” or “Chocolate and Sweets.” But between July 2019 and January 2023, officials intercepted and opened five of these shipments and found that they contained thousands of pills of controlled substances, including the synthetic opioids Tramadol and Tapentadol. Certain parcels were valued at thousands of dollars’ worth of drugs.


 Mar 30, 2023
The executive director of the San Jose Police Officer's Association was charged with distributing opioids, according to federal officials. The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday said the U.S. Attorney's Office has charged a civilian, Joanne Segovia, 64, with ordering thousands of opioid and other pills to her home between October 2015 and January of this year.



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