United States Attorney Ron Parsons had announced that a Huntington Beach, California, man, Damon Vincent Jobin, 35, was convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Fentanyl Analogue and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering was sentenced this week to 24 years in federal prison.
Jobin was indicted by a federal grand jury in October of 2018. He was arrested in Los Angeles in November 2018 after the indictment and ordered to appear before the magistrate court in the District of South Dakota in February of 2019, but in an apparent attempt to evade prosecution, fled to Thailand.
A federal warrant was issued for his arrest. He eventually was apprehended in Thailand and transported back to the United States from Thailand by U.S. Marshals from the District of South Dakota. He pled guilty to the charges in the indictment on June 24, 2020.
Officials say that Jobin, along with other co-conspirators, utilized the Dark Web to distribute approximately 100,000 pills that they had manufactured containing fentanyl or a fentanyl analogue in 2017 to South Dakota drug dealers either suspected or convicted of distributing the pills in Chamberlain, Mitchell, and Sioux Falls. Twenty thousand of these pills were seized from the U.S. Mail by law enforcement officials in South Dakota.
The investigation revealed that, in all, Jobin manufactured and mailed approximately 200 packages containing over 2.6 million fentanyl or fentanyl analogue pills to addresses in 32 different states. Jobin himself would press over 16,000 pills per hour at the height of the organization’s manufacturing. Based on records kept by Jobin, the total weight of the pills he and other co-conspirators made and distributed exceeded 259 kilograms which is over 570 pounds. Jobin was estimated to be making between $25,000 and $35,000 per week for his involvement in the conspiracy. Federal Judge Karen Schreier noted that this was the largest fentanyl conspiracy case she has seen in her courtroom to date.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Western Cyber Crimes Unit, U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of State, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Costa Mesa Police Department, and the Chamberlain Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer D. Mammenga prosecuted the case. Jobin was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.