State Prison Inmate Led Sex, Drug Trafficking Ring From Cell


A California man pleaded guilty on Friday to organizing and running a methamphetamine trafficking ring and commercial sex ring, with co-conspirators from the Tidewater area, from his prison cell.

Court documents said 42-year-old Foster Shane Gaines was serving an eight-year sentence in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Sacramento for prostituting an adult woman.

Starting in 2016, Gaines launched a drug trafficking organization that distributed methamphetamine a supplier in California to his co-conspirators in the Tidewater area. Using cellphones smuggled into the prison, Gaines directed co-conspirators in California, Nevada, and other places to mail parcels of methamphetamine to co-conspirators in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Petersburg, and others.

Court documents said once the methamphetamine was distributed to customers that Gaines, at times, personally arranged using his contraband cellphones, the co-conspirators would give Gaines and the funds through prepaid card or bulk cash sent through the mail.


BY: Erin Patterson



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