Accused Mission Bay meth ringleader to stand trial

SAN DIEGO - A business owner accused of running a methamphetamine ring out of Mission Bay Sportcenter today waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was ordered to stand trial on 21 charges, including sale, possession and transportation of meth.
 
Jason Boone, 41, also faces weapons charges stemming from the seizure of seven heirloom firearms and an illegal collapsible baton, Deputy District Attorney Jorge Del Portillo said.
 
Superior Court Judge Jay Bloom ordered Boone to stand trial after the defendant agreed to give up his right to a preliminary hearing. A trial date was expected to be set at a June 3 hearing.
 
Authorities allege Boone was the ringleader of the drug operation, which was conducted just steps away from where children participated in summer youth programs.
 
Boone and eight other people were arrested last June as part of "Operation Boone's Farm," an undercover investigation during which officers allegedly purchased a half-pound of meth.
 
Authorities said undercover officers also learned that lockers at the center were being utilized as a drop location for drug deliveries and payments between suppliers and customers.
 
Five of Boone's co-defendants pleaded guilty and have been sentenced in the case, according to the prosecutor.

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