A police union director of 19 years is now fired after she was arrested for the illegal smuggling of synthetic opioids to other countries.
How Joanne Marian Segovia Was Arrested For Illegal Smuggling of Opioids.
Executive Director of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association Joanne Marian Segovia was arrested for the illegal smuggling of valeryl fentanyl last week. Valeryl fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that contributed to the overdose crisis in the US. The union fired her after the conclusion of an internal investigation. According to union officials, she could face a 20-year prison sentence.
Officials said that the investigation against Segovia began in late 2022. She was interviewed first by investigators from the federal bureau way back in February, where she was said to continue ordering illegal substances. She was again interviewed on March 14 but tried to put the blame on her housekeeper for the illegal smuggling transactions. An investigator stated that Segovia was feeding the investigators “false information.”
The illegal smuggling complaint against Segovia stated that she reportedly used her personal devices and computers from the police offices to order opioid packages, along with other pills, addressed to her house. Segovia also agreed to the illegal smuggling of drugs across the US. In the span of four months, she was said to have 61 packages delivered to her house.
How Segovia Illegally Smuggled Opioids to Various Countries
In addition to Segovia’s illegal smuggling by using office computers to order the packages, she also allegedly used her own office at the San Jose Police Officer’s Association for illegal smuggling transactions. The packages were sent to Hungary, Hong Kong, Singapore, and India. The packages were labeled as “wedding party favors“. It was during the months between July 2019 and January 2023 that authorities intercepted Segovia’s packages and confirmed that the packages were indeed illegal substances.
Segovia’s illegal smuggling arrest was part of a Homeland Security investigation that included an entire operation of shipping illegal substances going toward the Bay Area from overseas. An outside investigator will conduct a “no-holds-barred” concerning Segovia’s crimes.