A man charged with heading a drug ring has waived his preliminary hearing and has been ordered to stand trial.
Third District Judge Tyrone E. Medley ordered Jesus Leonel Olivares, 26, Thursday to stand trial on charges of engaging in a continuing controlled-substance criminal enterprise, a first-degree felony also known as Utah's "drug kingpin" law.Olivares also faces a charge of money laundering, a second-degree felony. He is scheduled for arraignment before Judge Glenn K. Iwasaki July 20.
Olivares is the second person charged under the drug kingpin law, enacted during the 1997 legislative session. Sylvia Simpson, 54, an Arizona resident arrested a week before Olivares was charged in February, was the first person charged under the law and has begun a two-year jail sentence.
According to the charges, Olivares, a Mexican national, supervised at least five people since March 1995 in an ongoing operation that transported and distributed about 615 pounds of mar-i-jua-na and other drugs from Douglas, Ariz., to Salt Lake County.
Profits from the sale of the marijuana were then sent to Olivares, who owns a house in Agua Prieta, Mexico, a town that borders Douglas, the charges state. Olivares also owns a Salt Lake County house at 5515 S. China Clay Drive (5980 West), which he bought in February 1996, allegedly with drug proceeds, and was used by his Utah distributors to store and distribute the drugs.