Accused Orange County Methamphetamine Dealers Face Federal Grand Jury Indictment
Paul Lee Levitt may have thought he'd gone undetected while allegedly running an Orange County methamphetamine distribution network in 2012, but in January a federal grand jury filed a secret indictment against him and authorities finally arrested him this week.
According to the now unsealed five-count indictment, Levitt (a.k.a. Shorty) and Joseph Anthony Meza, a drug courier, unwittingly sold at least 55 grams of meth on various occasions to a confidential law enforcement informant.
The going rate of the street narcotic was $800 an ounce, the indictment alleges.
There's no indication if Meza is also in custody.
Levitt, who was born in 1973, pleaded not guilty on all counts during a July 16 hearing.
U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford is scheduled to preside at a September 9 trial inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.