In November 2014, South Dallas kingpin Patrick D. Lenard was indicted, along with ten others, on charges of conspiracy, drug trafficking, kidnapping, firearm, witness intimidation/tampering, and records destruction, for a violent drug operation out of Pleasant Grove. On Friday, Lenard was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He had previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana, as well as one count of kidnapping.
According to reports, Lenard called the shots from behind the wall of Dallas County Jail, from November 26, 2012, to approximately November 18, 2014. He was enabled by Selena Ball, a pretrial bond/electronic monitoring officer, tasked with monitoring Lenard. Ball and Lenard were also involved in a romantic relationship, and Ball would “alter, modify or fail to report violations of his conditions of release.” According to the Department of Justice:
For example, Lenard was required to limit his travel to certain areas within Dallas to avoid contact with co-conspirators. Part of Ball’s responsibility was to review and identify locations Lenard visited as reflected in the GPS records from his monitoring bracelet. Ball, however, failed to report violations of these conditions by Lenard.
Lenard would hold phone conversations on jail phones with co-conspirators (including Ball, who counted and hid money) where he would give instructions on where to pick up/drop off drugs and what to do with the money obtained from transactions.
Lenard also confessed to his role in a November 2012 kidnapping. He admitted to offering an associate $10,000 to kidnap someone he claimed stole from him. That associate was caught abducting the person in broad daylight from a Dallas gas station on surveillance cameras. The victim was hit by the kidnapper’s car as he tried to run and taken to an apartment by gunpoint, where he was viciously assaulted. Furthermore, Lenard allegedly paid the victim to get ghost and not testify in court.
Lenard is the second of the eleven defendants in the conspiracy case to be sentenced.