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Sentencing Due for Pasadena Man in LAX Drug Trafficking Scheme

A Pasadena man is expected to plead guilty Friday to a federal conspiracy charge for his role in a drug-trafficking ring that used couriers to hide heroin and cocaine in their luggage on flights from Los Angeles to Detroit.

Kevin "Wood" Blair, 46, is set to enter his plea to the charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Two of the remaining three defendants -- Kennsha Mason and Delano "Bop Bop" Leflore -- previously pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Gabriela Maria De Leon also pleaded to the conspiracy charge and was sentenced Wednesday to time already served for her lesser role in the scheme.

The case began to unfold in March 2017 when authorities discovered more than four pounds of heroin and two pounds of cocaine in checked luggage at Los Angeles International Airport. The luggage belonged to Mason, 30, of Detroit, who acted as a courier.

Leflore, 38, also of Detroit, had hired Mason to transport the drugs and made arrangements for her to travel to Los Angeles. Upon arrival, Mason went to a townhouse on South Oakland Avenue in Pasadena, where Blair allegedly supplied the narcotics that were discovered by law enforcement in her suitcase, according to federal prosecutors.

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