Man involved in multi-million dollar marijuana shipments and dealers out of Harrisburg sentenced to 9 years in prison

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June 7, 2024 – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announces that Jose Laboy, age 40, of Susquehanna Township, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced by United States District Court Judge Jennifer P. Wilson to 9 years in prison for his role in a multi-million dollar marijuana ring.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Laboy previously entered a guilty plea to being part of a group that received marijuana shipped from sources in California and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The drug trafficking group operated out of Fastlane Auto Sales on Paxton Street in Harrisburg. At that time, hundreds of packages full of marijuana were shipped from California to Harrisburg. The group sent money back to California. They used a sophisticated system of GPS tracking devices, which they placed in their packages, to keep track of their drugs and money.

The Fastlane Group discovered that a postal worker stole their marijuana while it was secretly shipped via the US Mail. To stop the suspected thief, they shot at a car in Harrisburg, at a home in Susquehanna Township and at a home in Steelton. They also robbed and assaulted the postal worker at gunpoint.

Judge Wilson ruled that Laboy was responsible for trafficking between 200 and 400 pounds of marijuana from 2017 to May 2020. Judge Wilson noted that Laboy was not responsible for the violence associated with the Harrisburg drug trafficking group.

Co-defendant Christopher Texidor, 36, of Harrisburg, received a jury trial and was convicted in May 2024 of drug trafficking and weapons offenses. He is awaiting sentencing.

Co-defendant William Kuduk, 37, of Harrisburg, pleaded guilty to marijuana trafficking and cocaine trafficking in connection with the Fastlane Group. Co-defendant Justin Laboy, age 36, of Harrisburg, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit drug trafficking and one count of conspiracy to use a weapon in furtherance of drug trafficking. Co-defendant Julio Arellano, age 33, of Harrisburg, entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to traffic marijuana and conspiracy to use a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. They are all awaiting sentencing.

Co-defendant Jonathan Cobaugh, age 25, of Harrisburg, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking conspiracy and wire fraud in connection with a pandemic fraud scheme. He was sentenced to 63 months in prison on May 29, 2024. Co-defendant Jamie Valenzuela, 32, of Santa Ana, California, pleaded guilty to being a source of marijuana from California in connection with the conspiracy. He was sentenced to 57 months in prison on February 8, 2024.

These cases were investigated by the US Postal Inspection Service, the Susquehanna Township Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael A. Consiglio is prosecuting the cases.