100 to 200 kilograms of cocaine each week, Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Houston Man Convicted

Article By Taniya Gisel, Board Member / Writer at BLOCK WORK MEDIA GROUP 

In a significant legal development, a federal jury in Houston has rendered a verdict of guilt on all charges against Ronald Brown, a 50-year-old resident of Houston, known by aliases Nuk, Nook, or Nookie.

The conviction is linked to his central role in a drug trafficking conspiracy, involving substantial quantities of cocaine and a series of violent crimes.

The six-day trial culminated in the jury finding Brown guilty on a range of charges, including conspiracy to commit murder for hire, intentional killing related to drug trafficking, using a firearm in the commission of a murder, kidnapping, using a firearm in relation to kidnapping, and conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine with intent to distribute.

Evidence presented during the trial revealed Brown's leadership in a large-scale cocaine distribution operation. The operation facilitated the transport of significant amounts of cocaine from Houston to Atlanta, Georgia, using large trucks. Witnesses testified that the operation moved between 100 to 200 kilograms of cocaine weekly, with shipments divided in Atlanta before distribution to customers.

The legal proceedings delved into a notable drug seizure incident in December 2013, where law enforcement confiscated 21 kilograms of cocaine from one of Brown's associates. This event resulted in a temporary suspension of the associate from the drug operation.

Subsequently, on April 23, 2014, Brown and others were involved in a kidnapping, during which an associate was placed in a vehicle trunk, leading to a pursuit and gunfire that injured both the associate and an innocent bystander.

The trial also highlighted Brown's quest for retaliation against an individual suspected of being involved in the theft of a significant amount of cocaine.

This pursuit culminated in a hired shooter fatally shooting the victim on July 1, 2014, following a parole visit. Brown met the shooter and a middleman in a grocery store parking lot, where he paid them $20,000.

Despite the defense's attempt to shift blame onto other members of Brown's drug trafficking organization, the jury held Brown accountable for the violent crimes associated with the conspiracy.

The sentencing is scheduled for January 29, 2024, before Senior U.S. District Judge Sim Lake. Brown faces a life sentence in federal prison, underscoring law enforcement's commitment to dismantling drug trafficking networks and holding individuals responsible for the violence associated with such criminal enterprises.


DATA SOURCE: Southern District of Texas | Drug trafficker convicted of murder for hire outside parole office – facing mandatory life sentence | United States Department of Justice