|Owen Hanson grew up in Redondo Beach, and his physical prowess scored him a place on the University of Southern California football team. A San Diego court heard how greed led Hanson to grow from a low-level drug dealer selling cocaine and steroids to USC team-mates to the head of a criminal enterprise that shipped huge quantities of cocaine to Australia for massive profits. Hanson, 35, showed no emotion when a judge sentenced him to 21 years' jail.|
Prosecutors said a kilo of cocaine in southern California costs approximately $US25,000. while in Australia it costs about $US200,000.
| His days as a crime boss running the violent international drug ring came to an end in 2015 when a US-Australian law enforcement operation led to his arrest in San Diego.
Hanson trafficked "hundreds of kilograms of cocaine" from California to Australia.|
Hanson had red paint splattered on the gravestone of the mother of a debtor and then sent DVDs showing beheadings of people - one with a chainsaw. Hanson agreed to forfeit $US5 million in cash and assets, including properties in Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru, and luxury cars.