USA 🇺🇸 (DEA): February 5 – 2021 – Recent News Releases

February 5, 2021

Madison Man Sentenced to 130 Months in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Distribution

MADISON, Wis. – Robert J. Bell, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration- Chicago Division and Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Phillip Thomas, Madison, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty and was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 100 months in federal prison for distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and an additional 30 months for revocation of his federal supervised release. This prison term will be followed by 4 years of supervised release.

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February 4, 2021

Passaic County Man Sentenced to 63 Months in Prison for Role in Fentanyl Conspiracy

NEWARK, N.J. – Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division Susan A. Gibson, and Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Rachael A. Honig announced a Passaic County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 63 months in prison for conspiring to distribute fentanyl and distributing fentanyl.

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February 4, 2021

Justin King Named DEA Omaha Division Special Agent in Charge

OMAHA, Neb., – Justin C. King was named Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Omaha Division in January and beginning Feb. 1, he oversees 11 offices within a five-state territory. The third SAC of the Omaha Division, King replaces Richard Salter Jr., who retired from the DEA in January.

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February 4, 2021

Oklahoma based Non-Profit Organization “Light of Hope” receives national award

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – DEA Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Eduardo A. Chavez of the Dallas Field Division announced that the Claremore, Oklahoma-based non-profit organization “Light of Hope” (LOH) has been named one of two 2020 DEA National Community Drug Prevention Award winners.  In addition to the national recognition, LOH received a plaque and a check for $2,000.00 from the DEA.

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February 4, 2021

Waterbury man sentenced to four years for role in heroin and cocaine trafficking ring

HARTFORD, Conn. – DEA New England Division Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle and John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that Jeffrey Tavarez, 22, of Waterbury, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for his role in a heroin and fentanyl trafficking ring.

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February 3, 2021

8 Defendants in McKinney guilty of trafficking methamphetamines

SHERMAN, TX – DEA in Dallas announced a Sherman, Texas, has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations.

Anthony Wade Buford, 35, pleaded guilty on June 9, 2020, to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 235 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III.

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February 2, 2021

Defendant sentenced to federal prison for threating agents with firearm

SAN ANTONIO – U.S. District Judge Fred Biery sentenced 45-year-old Luther Otis Foster IV, to a total of 90 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for pointing a shotgun at federal agents during the execution of a search warrant at his Bandera County residence, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Steven S. Whipple, Houston Division.and U.S. Attorney Gregg N. Sofer.

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February 2, 2021

Pharmaceutical Distributor Vistapharm, Inc. Agrees To Pay $325,000 To Resolve Alleged Violations Of The Controlled Substances Act

TAMPA, Fla. – Vistapharm, Inc. has agreed to pay the United States $325,000 to resolve allegations that Vistapharm violated the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) by failing to maintain records required by the CSA. In addition to paying a civil penalty, Vistapharm has agreed to sign separately a Memorandum of Agreement with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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