Accused Mission Bay meth ringleader Jason Boone pleads not guilty

SAN DIEGO - A man accused of running a methamphetamine ring out of the Mission Bay Sports Center -- just steps away from where children participate in summer programs -- pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 20 drug-related and weapons charges.

Jason Boone, 41, had his trial set for Aug. 5. He faces charges of sale, possession and transportation of meth as well as counts stemming from the seizure of seven heirloom firearms and an illegal collapsible baton, according to Deputy District Attorney Jorge Del Portillo.

Authorities allege Boone was the ringleader of the drug operation, which was busted a year ago.

Boone and eight other people were arrested 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.

A readiness conference is scheduled on July 18.

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