BRUNSWICK, Georgia — A violent criminal has pleaded guilty to running a multi-state drug ring from prison using cellphones smuggled in by unmanned drones and financed by scratch-off lotto winnings.
Federal prosecutors had alleged that Daniel Roger Alo, 46, had strung together an outfit made up of members of various gangs like the Ghost Face Gangsters, the Bloods, the Gangster Disciples, and from individuals with ties to Mexican Cartels.
Alo was accused of the running the organization, which extended from Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and beyond, from his cell in Georgia’s Calhoun State Prison where he was serving 20 years to life for a 1994 kidnapping.
Using cell phones he smuggled in via drone, Alo coordinated large drug deals that moved pounds of crystal meth across the South.
“This defendant is an example of the enormous challenges that our law enforcement partners face in their fight against illegal drugs in our communities,” said Edward Tarver, U.S. Attorney for Georgia’s southern district. “Alo used readily available technology (drones and cell phones) to continue his substantial criminal behavior even while confined in a secure State prison.”
The ring was busted open in 2015, when police seized 11 pounds of meth, 10 firearms, and over $600,000 from five of Alo’s co-conspirators, in a sting operation in Georgia.
Among those arrested was Ronnie Music, a convicted meth dealer who in February 2015 won $3 million in the scratch-off lotto game, 100X the Money.
Authorities say Music, 44, used some of the proceeds to buy meth as part of the ring. He has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing prosecutors said. In all, 15 people have been rounded up as part of Alo drug empire, and agents have seized more than 15 firearms, over 15 pounds of crystal meth, piles of cash, multiple vehicles — and two drones.
Alo now faces from five to 40 years in a federal prison.