USA 🇺🇸 (DEA): April 14 – 2021 – Recent News Releases

April 14, 2021

Treasury Sanctions Regional Commander of Mexico’s CJNG in Coordination with Justice and State Actions

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified Audias Flores Silva (Flores Silva) as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  Flores Silva (a.k.a.

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April 14, 2021

Uncle of Drug Trafficking Ring Leader Pleads Guilty for his Role in Narcotics Conspiracy Operating in the Jamestown, NY Area

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, New York Division announced today that Garland Beardsley a/k/a Charlie Beardsley, 53, of Jamestown NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, a fine of $10,000,000.

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April 13, 2021

DEA to hold 20th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With opioid overdose deaths increasing during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration is holding its 20th Take Back Day on Saturday, April 24th. DEA’s October 2020 Take Back Day brought in a record-high amount of expired, unused prescription medications, with the public turning in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs. Over the 10-year span of Take Back Day, DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs.

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April 13, 2021

Rochester Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Participating in Methamphetamine Trafficking Conspiracy

CONCORD, NH – DEA New England Division Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle and Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced that William McKay, 48, of Rochester, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for participating in a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, and to distribute, methamphetamine. 

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April 12, 2021

San Diego Man Sentenced to 188 Months in Fentanyl Overdose Death

SAN DIEGO – Jeffrey Alden Blair was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia to 188-months in prison for supplying the fentanyl that led to the fatal overdose of 45-year old Derrick Hotchkiss, a long-time rugby player for the San Diego Old Aztecs Rugby Football Club. Through his plea agreement, Blair admitted that the fentanyl he dealt caused Hotchkiss’ death and that he knowingly sold in excess of 400 grams of fentanyl.

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April 9, 2021

DEA 360 Maine and Partners Host Two Day Virtual Town Hall Summit

PORTLAND, ME – The New England Field Division’s (NEFD) DEA 360 Maine program has partnered with Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), Somerset Public Health and Healthy Sebasticook Valley Drug Free Coalition to address some local concerns and facilitate discussions surrounding those topics. This FREE Virtual Adult Town Hall Summit will be held April 13th and 14th from 3:30pm – 5:00pm and is open to all parents, educators, community members and anyone who wishes to learn more about how to become more involved in constructing a healthy safer community. 

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April 8, 2021

Jury Finds Pair Guilty on Drug Trafficking Charges

ST. LOUIS – On Wednesday, a jury convicted Oscar Dillon, 47, of St. Charles County, Missouri, guilty of drug conspiracy, attempted obstruction of justice and money laundering.

The same jury also convicted Michael Grady, 65, of St. Louis, guilty of drug conspiracy, attempted obstruction of justice and money laundering. The jury found Grady not guilty on an additional charge of witness tampering.

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey presided over the trial, which lasted more than two weeks.

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April 8, 2021

Duplin County Methamphetamine Trafficker Receives More than 11 Years in Federal Prison

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Jason Hyland, 39, of Duplin County, was sentenced yesterday to 134 months in prison for Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine.

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April 8, 2021

Puerto Rico Man Sentenced to 75 Months for Trafficking Cocaine to Connecticut

HARTFORD, CONN. – DEA New England Division Special Agent in Charge Brian D.

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April 8, 2021

Heroin and Fentanyl Dealer Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Drug Conspiracy Resulting in Death

ORLANDO, Fla. – Irving Cepeda-Chico (39, Kissimmee) was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for 12 counts of distribution of controlled substances and 1 count of conspiracy to distribute such substances. Cepeda-Chico had pleaded guilty on November 20, 2020.  

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