Atlanta EDM Promoter Sentenced to Over a Decade for Drug Ring

Atlanta native and Freakstep Promotions owner, Woodie Louis Ochle was sentenced to a little more than a decade in prison yesterday for conspiring to distribute thousands of ecstasy and molly pills at raves and several music festivals. 
Ochle’s organization distributed MDMA to people who attended the events he promoted, according to a court testimony. Ochle was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute the drug in two counties between in less than 2 years. Ochle plead guilty to the charges in April 2017 and was officially sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison. 


Photo from Woodie Ochle SoundCloud Account

Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Postal Service first learned about the operation during a 2016 investigation into the large-scale smuggling of various controlled substances from Europe into the U.S. via mail. On April 7, 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized two inbound packages at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, court documents state. Authorities found 1,000 “Red Supreme” ecstasy pills in each package. One of the packages was addressed to 38-year-old Kenneth Howard in Chelsea and the other was addressed to 31-year-old Jennifer Petitjean in Bessemer.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and U.S. Postal inspectors were contacted. Authorities said ALEA and the inspectors arranged controlled deliveries of the packages. Those deliveries led to subsequent controlled deliveries of the drugs to Howard’s cousin, 28-year-old Kevin Pederson, and to Ochle, who was identified as the leader of the drug-trafficking organization.
In the seizure, 20,000 pressed ecstasy pills and four pounds of crystal molly were found. They all pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute MDMA and are awaiting sentencing. With the exception for Howard who received eight weekends in custody. 

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