Central Oregon DailyDrug trafficking Oregon pilot accused of trying to hire hitman gets 3...

Drug trafficking Oregon pilot accused of trying to hire hitman gets 3 1/2 years

Drug trafficking Oregon pilot accused of trying to hire hitman gets 3 1/2 years

Airplane propeller

A pilot from Josephine County accused of trafficking marijuana and hiring a hitman to kill an associate was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison Wednesday.

John Tobe Larson, 71, was accused by federal prosecutors of using his private plane to distribute marijuana from Southern Oregon across the U.S. He would allegedly smuggle cash back to Oregon.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Larson was looking to hire someone to kill an associate that he believed was threatening his drug trafficking business. An undercover federal officer posed as a potential hitman as part of the investigation.

RELATED: 2 Bend locations raided in marijuana bust; $3.5M in street value pot seized

RELATED: 12,000 marijuana plants, 3,000 pounds of pot seized in Southern Oregon

Prosecutors say Larson offered $20,000 to kill the associate. After three meetings, agents arrested Larson.

After a search warrant was issued on Larson’s home and airplane hangar, federal agents seized his airplane, $100,000 in cash and marijuana distillate.

Larson was indicted in October of 2020 by a grand jury on multiple charges including possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance and using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire. He pleaded guilty on April 20, 2022 to the drug trafficking charge.

 

CentralOregonDaily.com
CentralOregonDaily.comhttps://centraloregondaily.com/
Central Oregon Daily is Television in Central Oregon … on-air, on-line & on-the-go. We are KOHD – Central Oregon’s ABC, KBNZ – CBS for Central Oregon, and local programming on Central Oregon Daily, COTV and CO4 Visitors Network. We are storytellers of all that matters to Central Oregonians.

Subscribe Today

GET EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO CONTENT

SUPPORT LOCAL JOURNALISM

NEWS FROM 30+ MEDIA SOURCES

250,000+ LOYAL READERS EACH YEAR

Get unlimited access to our news content and our archive of Central Oregon stories.

Top Stories

More Articles