Former NFL player and current Scottsdale resident Derek Loville has been accused of operating in an international drug trafficking ring.
According to court documents, Lovelle was in a federal grand-jury indictment that includes charges of:
- Racketeering conspiracy
- Drug trafficking
- Illegal gambling
- Money laundering
Led by Owen Hanson, a former athlete from USC, the operation went by the name of “ODOG”, which made fake companies to cover up illegal gambling and drug trafficking.
Along with other crimes, Hanson and others threatened someone to pay them a $2.5 million debt, according to the indictment.
The threat included a delivered package containing photos of the customer’s spouse and family. Allegedly, they also sent an email titled “Operation Shovel”. In the email, it contained a photo of the customer’s gravestone, implying they would die soon.
Later, “ODOG” sent a DVD showing a masked person beheading two men with a chainsaw and a knife. The DVD had a message that said “If you don’t pay us our money, this will happen to you.”
According to authorities, Loville sold illegal narcotics to someone in Phoenix for “ODOG”. Then, two days later, Loville transferred $1,150 to Hanson.
On January 13 the U.S District of Southern California issued a warrant for Lovell’s arrest. Loville then made his appearance in court on January 27 and then was released.
With more court dates to come, we will soon find out if Loville was a part of “ODOG” and whether he distributed drugs for Hanson.