Meth by mail scheme lands three men life in prison sentences
Three men have been sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in Florida and Georgia.
According to court officials, 37-year-old Brown Laster Jr., 33-year-old Jerry Browdy and 30-year-old Wesley Petiphar, all from Florida, also face fines over $500,000 for the crime.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Laster, Browdy, and Petiphar were part of a conspiracy to ship kilograms of methamphetamine from Sacramento, California to various hotels in Florida and Georgia via Federal Express. The evidence showed that, throughout 2015, the men had sent approximately 40 packages of methamphetamine through the mail per week. The packages were delivered to co-conspirators who had been recruited to wait at the hotels for the packages of methamphetamine to arrive. The packages were then delivered to local drug traffickers. In addition, witness testimony revealed that the men enforced the conspiracy through violence, including one incident where a cooperating witness had a gun placed in his mouth with such force that the gun knocked out some of his front teeth.