A Folsom State Prison inmate has pleaded responsible to working a drug and intercourse trafficking ring from his jail cell in Represa, California, the place he was already serving an eight-year sentence for guiding the prostitution of one other lady.
The defendant, Foster Shane Gaines, 42, was indicted by a federal grand jury in September 2018 on fees of main a complicated drug distribution ring in Virginia whereas incarcerated on the opposite facet of the nation. Gaines—also called “Money,” “Goldie” or “D”—is alleged to have had a contraband cellphone smuggled into his cell, permitting him to hold out the transnational supply of methamphetamine starting in late 2016 to co-conspirators in Virginia.
Two of the Virginia-based members of the ring who had been charged in the identical felony case, Ryan Brandon “Casino” Little, in his early 30s, and Tykweyzha Lshae “Shae” Sanders, in her early 20s, themselves pleaded responsible in or round December 2018.
“Gaines directed a drug and sex trafficking organization from the confines of his state prison cell,” G. Zachary Terwilliger, United States legal professional for the Eastern District of Virginia, stated in a press launch. “His crime was brazen, dangerous, manipulative, and inflicted untold mental, emotional, and physical harm on some of our community’s most vulnerable individuals.”
As a part of his plea, Gaines additionally admitted to directing a sex-trafficking conspiracy, utilizing a contraband cellphone to enlist girls he may prostitute, publish ads for potential clients, talk with clients, and prepare for his or her transportation.
The trafficking ring, largely working in Tidewater, Virginia, concerned 10 grownup girls and two underage ladies. They had been typically doped with cocaine, marijuana or methamphetamine, in response to a plea settlement reached with Little.
Little leased a home in Norfolk that could possibly be utilized by the ladies for industrial intercourse acts. Upon Gaines’ course, he stated, Little put in internet-connected cameras all through the home, together with within the bedrooms and lounge. Gaines was capable of monitor the actions of the ladies and ladies ensnared within the ring on his cellphone in Folsom State Prison.
Upon raiding Little’s residence, brokers recovered narcotics, a .380 caliber pistol and round $500 in money. Gaines additionally organized for an expert photographer to take sexualized footage of the ladies, which had been then utilized in solicitations for shoppers. The proceeds of the intercourse trafficking operation, round half of which went to Gaines himself, had been mailed to him in money or pay as you go debit playing cards.
Gaines in the end pleaded responsible to 2 of the counts in opposition to him, each involving conspiracies to both distribute medicine or promote intercourse trafficking. Each cost carries a compulsory minimal penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment.
“Gaines didn’t learn his lesson. Even though he was already serving a prison sentence in California, he brazenly used contraband cell phones to lead a meth and sex trafficking conspiracy while incarcerated,” Michael Ok. Lamonea, assistant particular agent accountable for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Norfolk, stated in a press launch. “Thanks to HSI and our law enforcement partners, we were able to take down this drug and sex trafficking ring and rescue multiple minor victims.”
Lawyers for Gaines, Little and Sanders didn’t reply to a direct request for remark.