He doesn’t appear to have the ability to keep out of bother. At his age too!
The OR Mail Tribune experiences
A Josephine County man accused of attempting to hire a hit man in a sting involving undercover federal brokers faces new felony drug charges of trafficking marijuana concentrate in his airplane.
Federal prosecutors are searching for to seize his 1956 Piper airplane and greater than $75,000 allegedly linked to the crimes.
A federal grand jury indicted John Tobe Larson, 70, earlier this month of utilizing interstate commerce amenities to commit murder-for-hire, in addition to possessing a managed substance with intent to distribute the drug, in accordance to paperwork filed Oct. 15 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in U.S. District Court in Medford. The court docket doc described the drug concerned as “over one kilogram of marijuana in the form of hashish oil.”
Larson has been held in the Jackson County Jail since August 2019 on the murder-for-hire cost stemming from a sting operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that concerned a particular agent posing as a hitman from California, in accordance to court docket paperwork filed in the case.
The investigation started in May 2019 following ideas that Larson was distributing marijuana from Southern Oregon to different elements of the United States utilizing his personal aircraft, and smuggling “bulk cash” again into Southern Oregon, in accordance to court docket paperwork.
A confidential informant cooperating with Oregon State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration alerted the state and federal authorities that Larson was searching for a “collections guy” as a result of he had an affiliate who owed Larson about $75,000 and needed him to “disappear” and “would prefer that the body is never f—ing found,” in accordance to an affidavit filed in July 2019.
During a assembly at a Grants Pass resort in June 2019 that was secretly recorded, Larson allegedly informed an undercover ATF particular agent that he needed the man useless for causes that included unpaid jobs and considerations that his goal was a “rat.”
Larson allegedly organized to pay the spy $20,000 for the homicide, together with a $10,000 “down payment,” and one other $10,000 for a image of the physique being dumped into the ocean. He allegedly made a drug supply from Southern Oregon to St. Louis, Missouri, to cowl the “down payment,” and gave the cost to the spy at a Grants Pass resort room June 27, together with a pay as you go “burner” cellphone.
Larson allegedly instructed the spy to name him “Maverick” on the pay as you go telephone.
Larson was arrested Aug. 21 in Rogue River after he allegedly gave the spy $5,000 and roughly one liter of concentrated marijuana distillate after being led to consider that his goal had been murdered, in accordance to earlier information experiences. He’s been held in the Jackson County Jail ever since.
In March, Larson sought to be launched from the jail for worry of contracting COVID-19, however Assistant U.S. Attorney Marco Boccato argued Larson posed “an extreme risk of flight and is an obvious danger.” Boccato claimed that Larson allegedly bragged to the hitman about proudly owning mansions in Russia and Europe.
Boccato argued that Larson is “known to hide assets by burying the assets or placing those assets in other individuals’ names.” As an instance, the aircraft was registered in Larson’s son’s identify.
“There is no way to determine what resources defendant (Larson) has at his disposal to flee or commit similar crimes,” Boccato argued.
On Monday, Boccato sought forfeiture of the 1956 Piper PA 23 airplane, $73,000 in U.S. forex, $2,900 in U.S. forex 4,900 euros and diverse cash, silver bars and gold bars.
Larson’s subsequent court docket look in the case is scheduled for Nov. 23.
Larson’s prison historical past consists of a 2009 federal conviction in Alaska for working a giant marijuana develop, in accordance to the U.S. Attorney’s workplace.