USA 🇺🇸 (DEA) : toutes les dernières narco-news au 29 avril 2022

Panola County Men Sentenced for Federal Drug Trafficking Crimes

April 28, 2022

TYLER, TX – Three brothers and another man, all from Carthage, have been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today. Lavara Geray Hinton…

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Woman Admits To Trafficking Over $1M in Crystal Meth and Black Tar Heroin

April 28, 2022

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – A 27-year-old Mission woman has pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute more than 31 kilograms of meth, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux and U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Cristina Inez Marquez pleaded guilty to knowingly transporting…

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DEA Holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Prevent Addiction and Reduce Overdose Deaths

April 28, 2022

SAN DIEGO– The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. “Disposing of unneeded medications can help…

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Richland Physician Sentenced for Conspiring to Distribute Medically Unnecessary Fentanyl Patches, Opioid Pills and Other Controlled Substances

April 28, 2022

SPOKANE, Wash. – Senior U.S. District Judge Edward F. Shea has sentenced Dr. Janet Sue Arnold, age 63, of Benton City, Washington, to 48 months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute opioid pain medications and other controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose…

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DEA Chicago Suspends Registration of Suburban Chicago Pharmacy

April 28, 2022

CHICAGO – Robert Bell, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration – Chicago Division, announced that on April 27, 2022, DEA Chicago Diversion Investigators delivered an Immediate Suspension Order to Evergreen Park Pharmacy, located at 2850 W. 95th Street, Suite 100, Evergreen Park, Illinois, suspending its DEA…

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DEA Holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent addiction and reduce overdose deaths

April 28, 2022

PHILADELPHIA – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. “Disposing of unneeded medications can help…

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Local Man Indicted For Trafficking Multiple Narcotics

April 27, 2022

Corpus Christi, TX – A Corpus Christi man is facing up to 40 years in prison for his alleged role in several narcotics offenses, being a felon in possession firearms and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel…

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Convicted Felon on Supervised Release Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Charge

April 27, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross and Special Agent in Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division announced today that Charles Jones, 49, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The…

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Boise Woman Sentenced for Trafficking Methamphetamine

April 27, 2022

BOISE, Idaho – A Boise woman was sentenced to 125 months in federal prison for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it to others. According to court records, in April 2019, Angelina Ruth Bustamonte was stopped by police for a traffic violation. During the investigation, a drug detecting canine…

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DEA Holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent addiction and reduce overdose deaths

April 27, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. “Disposing of unneeded medications can…

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Six Arrested for Trafficking Methamphetamine and Heroin in Bakersfield

April 27, 2022

FRESNO, Calif. — Six people were arrested in Kern County today following a year-long investigation of a Bakersfield-based drug trafficking organization that distributed methamphetamine and heroin. The defendants are scheduled to make an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on Wednesday, April 27, at 2:00 p.m. Those…

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DEA Arizona holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent addiction & reduce overdose deaths

April 27, 2022

PHOENIX – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Phoenix Field Division, which serves the State of Arizona, will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000…

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Taunton Man Sentenced For Cocaine Trafficking

April 27, 2022

BOSTON – A Taunton man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for his role in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy. Gino Romano, 50, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel to one year and one day in prison and three years of supervised release. On Jan…

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Dunkirk Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Charge

April 27, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross and Special Agent in Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division announced today that Hector Santos-Morales, 32, of Dunkirk, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, and to distribute, 500 grams or more…

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15 People Convicted in $11M Cartel Drug Conspiracy

April 27, 2022

LAREDO, TX – Several individuals residing in South Texas and Mexico have pleaded guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to transport large quantities of marijuana for Cartel del Noreste (CDN), announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Jennifer B…

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Boston Area Fentanyl And Cocaine Supplier Sentenced

April 27, 2022

BOSTON – A Boston-based fentanyl and cocaine supplier was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy. Jose Perez Felix, a/k/a “Eugenio Piedraita-Rivera,” “Roberto Patricio Ramirez,” “Grande,” 44, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 87 months in prison…

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New Haven Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution and Gun Possession Offenses

April 26, 2022

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Leonard C. Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Joel Martinez, Jr., 23, of New Haven, pleaded guilty today in Hartford, Connecticut, federal court to narcotics distribution and firearm possession offenses. According to court documents and statements made in court, on September…

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Former El Paso Physician Agrees to Pay $350,000 to Resolve Allegations

April 25, 2022

EL PASO, Texas – Dr. Herbert Nassour, a former physician in El Paso, has agreed to pay $350,000 under a civil settlement to resolve allegations he violated certain provisions of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Dr. Nassour was a physician registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to prescribe and…

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Final Han Gil Defendant Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison

April 25, 2022

DALLAS — The final defendant in the Han Gil drug trafficking case was sentenced today to 40 years in federal prison, announced DEA Special Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chávez. In June 2021, after seven days of trial, a jury convicted Bryan Reshad Hill, 39, of conspiracy to distribute heroin…

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Vallejo Men Sentenced to Prison for Robbery and Assault of Federal Officer

April 25, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rafael Ruiz, 34, and Edgar Torres, 35, of Vallejo, California, were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to 13 and 10 years in prison respectively for their involvement in the armed robbery of a federal agent during an undercover drug deal. The sentencing was…

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Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine Distribution in Magic Valley

April 25, 2022

BOISE – A Jerome man was sentenced to federal prison for distribution and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. According to court records, Jose Luis Rodriguez-Landeros, 40, a Mexican national living in Jerome, was involved in the distribution of methamphetamine in the Magic Valley. Using a confidential informant, officers purchased…

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Two Naturopaths Agree to Pay $32,000 in Civil Penalties For Improper Prescription of Opioids and Controlled Substances

April 25, 2022

SPOKANE, Wash.– Dr. Jacqueline Thomas, N.D., an East Wenatchee-based naturopathic doctor, and Dr. Rebecka Hoppins, an Edmonds-based naturopathic doctor, have each agreed to pay $16,500 to resolve allegations under the Controlled Substances Act that they improperly prescribed controlled substances. The Controlled Substances Act regulates certain drugs deemed to pose a…

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DEA Holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent addiction and reduce overdose deaths

April 25, 2022

DALLAS, TX – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. “Disposing of unneeded medications can…

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Newly Appointed Head of DEA New York Division Reports for Duty

April 25, 2022

NEW YORK CITY – On April 25, 2022, Frank A. Tarentino III reported to the Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division as the Special Agent in Charge. As Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division, he leads nearly 800 people throughout the State of New York and manages…

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Indicted Man Accused of Being Part of Drug Trafficking Organization

April 25, 2022

PHOENIX – Luis Ronaldo Nieblas-Beltran has been indicted on one count Conspiracy, one count Illegally Conducting an enterprise, one count Sale Or Transportation For Sale Of A Narcotic Drug (Fentanyl to wit: powder) In An Amount Over The Statutory Threshold, one count of Possession Of A Narcotic Drug (Fentanyl to…

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Illinois Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Meth Trafficking

April 22, 2022

PEORIA, Ill. – Todd C. Smith, Assistant Special Agent in Charge at Drug Enforcement Administration-Chicago Division, and U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Harris of the Central District of Illinois announced that Justin W. Collins, 42, of Galva, Illinois, was sentenced on April 18, 2022, to 15 years’ imprisonment for possession of…

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Seven People Charged in Augusta-Area Drug Trafficking Operation

April 22, 2022

AUGUSTA, GA – Seven people have been indicted on charges related to a major methamphetamine-trafficking organization blamed for at least one overdose death. As described in the newly unsealed indictment in USA v. Wheatley et. al, the investigation in Operation Wheat Fields dates back to early 2018 and includes allegations…

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DEA Holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent addiction and reduce overdose deaths

April 22, 2022

NEWARK, N.J. – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. “Disposing of unneeded medications can…

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Mexican Posse Gang Members Sentenced to Federal Prison for Narcotics Trafficking

April 22, 2022

MILWAUKEE – John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and U.S. Attorney Richard G. Frohling of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on April 21, 2022, U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller sentenced two Milwaukee men, both of whom identified as Mexican Posse gang members…

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Mexican Citizen Sentenced to 5 Years for Cocaine Conspiracy

April 22, 2022

MADISON, Wis. – John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Karlett Salazar Zagal, 23, a citizen of Mexico living in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty and was sentenced today by U.S…

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Indiana Man Sentenced to 110 Months for Drug Offense

April 22, 2022

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Alfred A. Cooke, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Drug Enforcement Administration-Merrillville, Indiana, and U.S. Attorney Clifford D. Johnson of the Northern District of Indiana announced that James J. Goheen III, 39, of Fort Wayne, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady, on…

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DEA Columbia Holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent addiction and reduce overdose deaths

April 22, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC– The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Atlanta Division, which includes the state of South Carolina, will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on NEXT Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than…

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DEA Raleigh Holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent addiction and reduce overdose deaths

April 22, 2022

RALEIGH, NC– The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Atlanta Division, which includes the state of North Carolina, will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on NEXT Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than…

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DEA Charlotte Holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent addiction and reduce overdose deaths

April 22, 2022

CHARLOTTE, NC– The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Atlanta Division, which includes the state of North Carolina, will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on NEXT Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than…

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DEA Atlanta Holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent addiction and reduce overdose deaths

April 22, 2022

ATLANTA, GA– The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Atlanta Division will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on NEXT Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. During DEA’s…

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Couple Who Murdered Government Witness Sentenced to Life in Prison

April 21, 2022

OCALA, Fla. – Senior United States District Judge John Antoon II has sentenced David Chappell Fey (57, Belleview) and Shari Lynn Gunter (58, Ocklawaha) to life imprisonment for murdering a government witness. Fey and Gunter were found guilty by a federal jury following a joint trial in December 2021. The…

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Three Men Charged in Conspiracy to Distribute Millions of Fentanyl Pills

April 21, 2022

ORLANDO, Fla. – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announced the unsealing of an indictment charging Patrick Silfrain (40, Winter Garden), aka “Prada,” “Haitian Pat,” Kevin Jean-Gilles (39, Orlando), aka “G,” “Cole,” “Darren Tai,” “Vincent DiPietro,” and Jean Kesnor Choisil (50, Ocoee) with conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, or…

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Houston County Pair Indicted for Solicitation of Murder

April 21, 2022

DALLAS, TX – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Grapeland man and woman with federal solicitation of murder violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Special Agent in Charge of DEA Dallas Eduardo A. Chávez who oversees the Tyler Resident Office. Reynaldo Campos, Jr., 44…

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Houston Man Sentenced for East Texas Drug Trafficking

April 21, 2022

BEAUMONT, TX – A Houston man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today. Fernando Perez-Gomez, 36, was convicted at trial on…

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Houston County Pair Indicted for Solicitation of Murder

April 21, 2022

TYLER, TX – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Grapeland man and woman with federal solicitation of murder violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today. Reynaldo…

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Berkeley Duo Charged with Conspiracy to Sell and Sales of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine in the Tenderloin

April 21, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO – David Ordonez and Juan Carlos Hernandez-Ordonez appeared in United States District Court today to face federal charges of conspiring to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and of distributing 40 grams or more of fentanyl in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, announced United States Attorney Stephanie M…

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Woonsocket Drug Runner Sentenced to Federal Prison

April 21, 2022

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Woonsocket woman who acted as a runner for two men convicted of brokering drug deals and supplying fentanyl and crack cocaine has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha. Natalie Cassidy, 28, pleaded guilty on…

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Greenville Woman Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Oxycodone Conspiracy

April 21, 2022

GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA — Keowsha Golden, 36, of Greenville, was sentenced to more than 1o years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Evidence presented to the Court showed that Golden obtained prescription paper and then forged physician information to write prescriptions for 30 milligram oxycodone…

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Georgia Fugitive Sentenced to 13 Years for Drug Trafficking

April 21, 2022

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Today, Chief U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced James Julius Lumpkin, of Sevierville, Tennessee, to 156 months in prison and five years of supervised release for drug trafficking, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. Attorney King is joined in…

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Four Defendants Await Sentencing After Pleading Guilty to Roles in Operation of Industrial-Level Pill Production

April 21, 2022

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Four defendants are awaiting sentencing after admitting they participated in an operation that used pill presses to package and distribute illegal drugs. Albert Bynoe, a/k/a “Chino,” a/k/a “Bossman Chino,” 35, of Decatur, Ga., awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute, and…

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Warren County Man Indicted on Charges Including Machine Gun Possession, Methamphetamine Trafficking

April 21, 2022

AUGUSTA, Ga. – A Warren County man has been indicted on charges including illegally possessing a machine gun and trafficking methamphetamine. Kevin Shawn McGahee, 47, of Stapleton, Ga, is charged in a newly unsealed indictment with Possession with Intent to Distribute Five or More Grams of Methamphetamine; Possession of a…

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President Biden Releases National Drug Control Strategy to Save Lives, Expand Treatment, and Disrupt Trafficking

April 21, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Joe Biden sent his Administration’s inaugural National Drug Control Strategy to Congress at a time when drug overdoses have reached a record high. The Strategy delivers on the call to action in President Biden’s Unity Agenda through a whole-of-government approach to beat the overdose epidemic…

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Federal Indictment Returned Against Former State Correctional Officers for Drug-Related Offenses

April 21, 2022

FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA — A federal grand jury in Florence has returned an indictment in connection with drug-related charges against two former correctional officers with the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC). Specifically, Joseph Corey Bailey, Jr., 29, and Xavier Kaseem Capers, 28, both of Ridgeland, were charged with conspiring…

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Illinois Man Sentenced to 16 Years for Attempted Cocaine Trafficking

April 21, 2022

CHICAGO — Robert Bell, Special Agent in Charge of Drug Enforcement Administration-Chicago Division, and U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch, Jr., announced that a central Illinois man has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for attempting to traffic cocaine in Chicago. A jury last year convicted Tekoa Q. Tinch…

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Local Santa Rosa Lima Cartel Cell Head Sentenced for Drug Crimes, Money Laundering

April 21, 2022

DALLAS, TX – A local Dallas cell head who worked with the Santa Rosa Lima Drug Cartel and other Mexico-based drug trafficking organizations was sentenced Wednesday to more than 16 years in federal prison, announced Special Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chávez Carlos Espinoza Juarez, a 33-year-old Mexican national, pleaded…

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Local Santa Rosa Lima Cartel Cell Head Sentenced for Drug Crimes, Money Laundering

April 21, 2022

DALLAS, TX – A local Dallas cell head who worked with the Santa Rosa Lima Drug Cartel and other Mexico-based drug trafficking organizations was sentenced Wednesday to more than 16 years in federal prison, announced Special Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chávez Carlos Espinoza Juarez, a 33-year-old Mexican national, pleaded…

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Wisconsin Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Meth Trafficking

April 20, 2022

MADISON, Wis. – John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea of the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that David Shamont Lindsey, 38, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 12 years in…

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Arizona Man Sentenced to 10 Years on Fentanyl Charges

April 20, 2022

MADISON, Wis. – John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and U.S Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea of the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jason Jordan, 36, Mesa, Arizona, was sentenced on April 19, 2022, by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to eight…

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DEA Holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent addiction and reduce overdose deaths

April 20, 2022

SEATTLE– The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. “Disposing of unneeded medications can help prevent…

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Hartford Man Charged With Drug And Gun Offenses

April 19, 2022

HARTFORD, Conn. – Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned an indictment charging TRAEVAUGHNN MORRISON, 26, of Hartford, with…

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Supervisor Of Drug Trafficking Organization Pleads Guilty

April 19, 2022

BOSTON – A supervisor of a Boston-area drug trafficking organization (DTO) pleaded guilty today to his role in a cocaine and cocaine base (crack cocaine) trafficking conspiracy. Arthur Hodges, 36, formerly of Brighton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base. U.S…

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DEA Holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent addiction and reduce overdose deaths

April 19, 2022

MIAMI – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. “Disposing of unneeded medications can help…

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Man Indicted After Search Warrant Uncovers 317 Pounds of Meth in Home

April 19, 2022

PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that Camilo Urquiza Sanchez has been indicted on one count conspiracy, one count Illegally conducting an enterprise, and one count possession of a dangerous drug (methamphetamine) for sale. On March 10, 2022, law enforcement served a search warrant at Sanchez’ home…

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DEA Holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent addiction and reduce overdose deaths

April 19, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. “Disposing of unneeded medications can…

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Mexican Citizen Sentenced to over 5 Years in Prison for Distributing Fentanyl in Bakersfield

April 18, 2022

FRESNO, Calif. — Jesus Adrian Pena-Gamez, 33, a Mexican national unlawfully residing in Bakersfield, was sentenced today to five years and three months in prison for possessing with the intent to distribute fentanyl, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Wade R. Shannon announced…

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Minnesota Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Cocaine Trafficking

April 18, 2022

MADISON, Wis. – John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea of the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Lashawn M. Bennett, 50, St. Paul, Minnesota, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 10 years…

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San Fernando Valley Man Who Sold Counterfeit Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl Admits Causing Overdose Death of U.S. Marine

April 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES – A Sylmar man pleaded guilty this afternoon to two federal drug trafficking offenses, one of which stemmed from a 2020 transaction in which he sold bogus oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl that caused a U.S. Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton to suffer a fatal overdose. Gustavo Jaciel…

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DEA Holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent addiction and reduce overdose deaths

April 15, 2022

EL PASO – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. “Disposing of unneeded medications can…

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DEA Holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent addiction and reduce overdose deaths

April 15, 2022

CHICAGO – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. “Disposing of unneeded medications can help…

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Trafficking Meth Leads to 8 Years in Prison

April 14, 2022

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Columbia, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for methamphetamine trafficking after she received a large package of methamphetamine shipped from California to distribute locally. Cassiopeia Marie Blaise, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to eight years in federal prison…

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Ed Buck Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison

April 14, 2022

LOS ANGELES – Edward Buck, a businessman and long-time figure of West Hollywood politics, was sentenced today to 360 months in federal prison for providing fatal doses of methamphetamine to two men who died at his apartment after he injected them with the drug. Buck, 67, was sentenced by United…

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Jury Finds Tulsa Man Guilty of Drug, Gun Charges

April 14, 2022

DALLAS, TX – A cocaine trafficker from Tulsa was convicted at trial of drug and gun charges, announced Eduardo A. Chávez, Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Dallas Field Division. After three days of trial and seven hours of deliberation, a federal jury in Dallas found Roberto Chairez, 33, guilty…

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DEA Holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent addiction and reduce overdose deaths

April 14, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. “Disposing of unneeded medications can help…

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Two Utica Men Plead Guilty to Fentanyl Conspiracy and Firearms Charges

April 14, 2022

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Daequon D. Perkins, 25, and Mark W. Baker, 44, both of Utica, New York, pled guilty today for their participation in a fentanyl conspiracy. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara, New York State Police Superintendent Kevin…

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Ulster County Dentist Pleads Guilty to Fraudulently Acquiring and Obtaining Oxycodone

April 14, 2022

ALBANY, N.Y. – Vivian Letizia, age 63, of Stone Ridge, New York, pled guilty today to acquiring and obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, deception, or subterfuge. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Timothy Foley, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S…

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Mexican Citizen Sentenced to Prison for Attempting to Distribute Drugs

April 14, 2022

McAllen, TX – A 47 year-old non-U.S. citizen illegally residing in Donna has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of possession with intent to distribute five kilograms of meth, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Jennifer B…

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DEA & MPD Issue Public Safety Alert on Mass Overdose Events Across D.C. Metro Area

April 14, 2022

Washington, D.C., — Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Washington Division & the Metropolitan Police Department issued a Public Safety Alert warning residents in the D.C. metropolitan area of the alarming increase in fentanyl-related mass overdose events across the city. The Public Safety Alert seeks to raise public awareness of…

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Boston Man Sentenced For Role In Wide-Ranging Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

April 14, 2022

BOSTON – A Boston man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for his role in a wide-ranging cocaine trafficking conspiracy. Luis Mejia Guerrero, 61, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 37 months in prison and two years of supervised release. On Dec. 6…

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Principal Supplier And Drug Distributor Of Two Boston-Area Cocaine Trafficking Rings Pleads Guilty

April 14, 2022

BOSTON – The main supplier and drug distributor of two Boston-area drug trafficking organizations (DTO) pleaded guilty yesterday to cocaine trafficking conspiracy. Kenji Drayton, 41, of Boston, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute…

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Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced To More Than 8 Years In Federal Prison

April 14, 2022

Conn. – Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PEDRO RIVERA, 50, last residing in St. Cloud, Florida, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 100 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking…

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Fort Stockton Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm and Drug Charges

April 13, 2022

ALPINE – A Fort Stockton man pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing methamphetamine. According to court records, on December 5, 2021, Tristian William Zly, 27, was observed in a heated argument with a female inside his vehicle while parked outside a residence…

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Man Involved in Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to Prison

April 13, 2022

PHOENIX, AZ – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Vidal Sillas-Burgos, aka Guero, was sentenced to prison on April 7 for his involvement in a drug trafficking organization. On June 21, 2021, police concluded an 18-month-long investigation involving Sillas-Burgos. Sillas-Burgos was responsible for directing individuals in the transportation and distribution of…

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Waterbury Heroin Distributor Sentenced to 18 Months in Federal Prison

April 13, 2022

WATERBURY, Conn. – Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that KEON COUNCIL, 44, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin. According to…

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Buffalo Man Going to Prison for 10 Years for Selling Fentanyl that Led to a Death

April 12, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Octavio Cruz, 39, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, butyryl fentanyl, was sentenced to serve 120 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremiah…

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Atlantic County Man Admits Role in Drug Distribution Scheme

April 12, 2022

CAMDEN, N.J. – Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division Susan A. Gibson and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Philip R. Sellinger announced that an Atlantic County, New Jersey, man today admitted his role in a drug distribution scheme. Ricardo Clavijo, 40..

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Meth Dealing and Money Laundering Results in 17 Years of Prison

April 11, 2022

BENTON, Ill. – Martin Cooper, 31, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced to 210 months in prison on April 7, 2022, for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and money laundering. The offenses occurred in St. Clair County and throughout the Southern District of Illinois. Cooper pleaded…

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Operation Engage Spokane: Several Large-Scale Distributors of Counterfeit Pills Charged in Federal Court

April 11, 2022

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington, recently launched Operation Engage Spokane, which is a comprehensive community-level approach for addressing the drug epidemic – focusing on fentanyl distribution – through prevention strategies, facilitating conversations, and collaboration…

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Kennewick WA Man Sentenced to Over 11 Years in Federal Prison

April 11, 2022

YAKIMA, Wash. – Chief U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian has sentenced Jesus B. Zavala-Alvarez, 28, of Kennewick, Washington, to 135 months in federal prison for his role in guarding a stash house, where the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized over 8 pounds of methamphetamine, 64 ounces of liquid methamphetamine and…

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Fairbanks Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

April 11, 2022

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – A Fairbanks man was sentenced to 14 years in prison followed by eight years of supervised release for distributing counterfeit pills containing fentanyl resulting in the death of another individual. In issuing the sentence, U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Beistline noted that the 21-year-old victim had his…

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Suburban Chicago Man Indicted on Cocaine Trafficking, Illegal Gun Possession Charges

April 11, 2022

CHICAGO — Robert Bell, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration-Chicago Division, and U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch, Jr., of the Northern District of Illinois, announced that a federal grand jury has indicted a suburban Chicago man for allegedly trafficking cocaine and illegally possessing a loaded handgun. An…

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Jamestown Woman Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy

April 11, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Antasia Babcock, 28, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 100 grams or more of acetyl fentanyl; 50 grams or more of…

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Indiana Man Sentenced to 420 Months for Gun, Drug Offenses

April 11, 2022

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Alfred A. Cooke, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Merrillville, Indiana, and U.S. Attorney Clifford D. Johnson of the Northern District of Indiana announced that Torrence Larry, 44, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced on April 8, 2022, by U.S. District Court Judge…

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Indiana Man Sentenced to 108 Months for Meth, Cocaine Trafficking

April 11, 2022

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Alfred A. Cooke, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Merrillville, Indiana, and U.S. Attorney Clifford D. Johnson of the Northern District of Indiana announced that Saul Leal, 25, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced, on April 8, 2022, by U.S. District Court Judge…

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Two Leaders of Violent Puerto Rico Drug Cartel Convicted at Trial

April 08, 2022

NEW YORK CITY – Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the conviction of Julio Marquez-Alejandro, a/k/a “Chino,” and Luis Blondet for racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, murder while engaged in a drug crime, and murder through the use of…

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Upland Man Arrested on Indictment Alleging He Distributed Fentanyl to Victim Who Soon Afterward Died from Overdose

April 08, 2022

LOS ANGELES – A San Bernardino County man was arrested today on a federal grand jury indictment that alleges he sold fentanyl to a woman last year who soon afterward suffered a fatal overdose from the powerful synthetic opioid. John Biagianti, 31, of Upland, was arrested this morning at his…

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Georgia Cocaine Trafficker and Money Launderer Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison

April 08, 2022

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell handed down a 30-year sentence to the leader of a drug and money laundering organization operating across the Carolinas, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. In addition to the prison term imposed, U.S…

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Gang Member Involved In Bridgeport Courthouse Shooting Sentenced To More Than 15 Years In Prison

April 08, 2022

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – LAHEEM JONES, also known as “Heemie,” 27, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 190 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his participation in gang-related drug trafficking and violence, including a shooting in…

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Lawrence Man Sentenced For Fentanyl Trafficking

April 08, 2022

BOSTON – A Lawrence man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for drug trafficking charges involving fentanyl. Fabio Yunior Moreta Borge, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to 57 months in prison and two years of supervised release. On Oct. 7, 2021, Moreta…

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North Providence Man Admits to Wire Fraud, Theft of Government Funds

April 08, 2022

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A North Providence man who lives and works in Rhode Island today admitted that he filed COVID-relief unemployment applications in at least two other states, collecting more than $20,000 in benefits he was not entitled to receive, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha and Rhode Island…

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Providence Man Sentenced to Federal Prison on Firearm, Transportation of Stolen Property Charges

April 08, 2022

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Providence man who admitted to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and with participating in a conspiracy to transport stolen recreation vehicles into Rhode Island was sentenced on Wednesday to thirty-seven months in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha. On…

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Dominican National Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking, Firearm, Illegal Reentry

April 08, 2022

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Dominican national living in Providence faces sentencing in U.S. District Court and deportation proceedings after pleading guilty today to drug trafficking, firearm, and illegal reentry charges, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha. Stevens Morales-Rivera, 46, who previously identified himself using several aliases, pleaded guilty to…

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Convicted Felon Going to Prison on Methamphetamine Charge Involving a Death

April 07, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. –U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Jason Yelder, 39, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of possessing with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine, was sentenced to serve 135 months in prison and eight years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J…

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Phoenix Man Charged After 150,000 Suspected Fentanyl Pills & Other Drugs Seized from Apartment

April 07, 2022

PHOENIX – Jesus Osvaldo Aguilar Rosas, 20, of Phoenix, Arizona, was charged by criminal complaint with four counts of possession of controlled substances for distribution. Aguilar was arrested on April 5 and had his initial appearance in federal court today. The complaint alleges four violations of United States law related…

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Repeat Offenders Sentenced to Prison for Distributing Meth

April 07, 2022

MACON, Ga. – Two co-defendants with criminal histories who attempted to out-run deputies during an evening high-speed motorcycle chase with nearly three kilograms of methamphetamine in their possession—resulting in injuries to three law enforcement officers—have been sentenced to federal prison for distribution. John Terrell Johnson, 34, of Jackson, Georgia, was…

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DEA and Kansas Law Enforcement Partners Join Together to Find Drug Traffickers behind Overdoses

April 07, 2022

TOPEKA, Kans. – The Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division announced today an intelligence data-driven operation with local law enforcement partners in northeast Kansas to address the alarming increase in overdose events caused by counterfeit pills with fentanyl. Statistics collected about overdoses and overdose deaths in the region indicated shortcomings…

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Bridgeport Man Sentenced To 42 Months In Prison For Illegally Possessing Firearms

April 07, 2022

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that REYS ALFREDO VASQUEZ, 30, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 42 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing firearms…

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Putnam Man Sentenced To Prison For Federal Firearm Offense

April 06, 2022

PUTNAM, Conn. – Leonard C. Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Nicholas Schneider, 32, of Putnam, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam in New Haven, Connecticut, to six months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for a…

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Fentanyl Dealer Sentenced to Eight Years in Overdose Death

April 06, 2022

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Xavier Robledo was sentenced in federal court today to 96 months in prison for distributing fentanyl that caused overdoses in two people and killed one, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Wade R. Shannon and United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds. The sentence…

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DEA Warns of Increase in Mass-Overdose Events Involving Deadly Fentanyl

April 06, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration sent a letter to federal, state, and local law enforcement partners warning of a nationwide spike in fentanyl-related mass-overdose events. Administrator Anne Milgram outlined the current threat and offered DEA support to law enforcement officers responding to these tragic incidents. “Fentanyl is killing..

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A Third Corpus Christi Rapper Pleads Guilty in Drug Scheme

April 05, 2022

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A third individual has admitted his guilt in a large-scale narcotics distribution operation involving multiple properties throughout Corpus Christi, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Javon Hicks aka “Drank Nitti Kasino,” 40…

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Prisma Health Midlands to Pay $1 Million to Resolve Alleged Controlled Substance Act Violations

April 05, 2022

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA — Prisma Health Midlands (“Prisma”) has agreed to pay a record $1 million to resolve allegations that it committed recordkeeping and dispensing violations of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). These requirements are designed to prevent the diversion of controlled substances. This civil settlement includes a memorandum of…

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Cartel Traffickers Sentenced For Multi-kilogram Drug Conspiracy

April 04, 2022

LAREDO, TX – A total of 10 Mexican nationals and associates of Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion have been ordered to federal prison for their roles in a conspiracy involving the importation of crystal meth, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux…

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Providence Man Sentenced to More Than Four Years in Federal Prison on Drug and Firearm Charges

April 04, 2022

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Providence man previously convicted and incarcerated on drug trafficking charges today was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison on additional and unrelated drug trafficking and firearm charges brought as the result of a Project Safe Neighborhoods investigation, announced United States Attorney Zachary A…

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Two Idaho Men Enter Guilty Pleas to Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

April 02, 2022

POCATELLO – A Murtaugh man and a Pocatello man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Between January 1 and March 24, 2021, Antonio Verduzco-Arreola, 40, of Murtaugh, and Joseph Alexander Huber, 35, of Pocatello, entered into an agreement to distribute controlled substances in the Pocatello area. On…

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Oakland Resident Charged with Fentanyl and Methamphetamine Sales in Tenderloin

April 01, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO – Jose Alvarado appeared in United States District Court today to face federal charges for the distribution of fentanyl and methamphetamine in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, announced United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Wade R. Shannon. According to allegations…

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Chicago Man Sentenced to 2 Years for Attempting to Possess Fentanyl for Distribution

April 01, 2022

MADISON, Wis. – John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and Timothy M. O’Shea, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Antonio Dillard, 63, Chicago, pleaded guilty and was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to…

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MS-13 Leader Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for Racketeering Conspiracy and Conspiring to Commit Multiple Murders

April 01, 2022

GREENBELT, MD – U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced El Salvadorian national Miguel Angel Corea Diaz, a/k/a “Reaper,” age 41, of Long Branch, New Jersey today to life in prison for conspiring to participate in La Mara Salvatrucha, a transnational criminal enterprise also known as MS-13 and for conspiracy to…

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Wisconsin Restaurant Owner Sentenced to Federal Prison for Cocaine Trafficking

April 01, 2022

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and U.S. Attorney Richard G. Frohling of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on March 31, 2022, Luis A. Morales, 41, the former owner of Mr. Taco and Savor Food & Spirits, was…

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Federal Jury Convicts Minnesota Man for Distributing Fentanyl that Caused 11 Overdose Deaths

April 01, 2022

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A federal jury found a Hopkins, Minnesota man guilty of distributing controlled substances, including fentanyl, which resulted in the deaths of 11 people and caused serious bodily injury to four people, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger. Following a 10-day jury trial, Aaron Rhy Broussard, 31…

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“M30 King of Fresno” and 17 Members of His Drug Trafficking Ring Charged

April 01, 2022

FRESNO, Calif. — U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Tatum King announced the results of an investigation into fentanyl-related overdoses in the Fresno area, which resulted in charges against of a total of 18 drug traffickers, charging them with trafficking fentanyl powder, fentanyl..

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Selling Meth, Cocaine, Heroin Results in 33 Years in Prison

March 31, 2022

BENTON, Ill. – Eugene Falls, 42, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced on March 31, 2022, to 405 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine; attempted possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine; distribution of heroin; and money laundering…

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Narcotics Dealer Arrested in Connection with Multiple Overdose Deaths

March 31, 2022

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Tim Foley, the Acting Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Kirk Imperati, the Acting Sheriff of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, announced today the…

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Narcotics Investigation Leads to Indictment of Six Members of Poly-Drug Distribution Network

March 31, 2022

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A drug investigation led by the Western District’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) has resulted in the indictment of six members of a poly-drug trafficking organization (DTO), announced United States Attorney Dena J. King. Brian Mein, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau…

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12 Methamphetamine Traffickers Arrested in Brownfield, Lamesa Drug Bust

March 30, 2022

DALLAS, TX – Twelve alleged drug traffickers were arrested Wednesday in Operation Tormenta De Arena (“Sandstorm”), announced Eduardo A. Chávez, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Dallas Field Division During the bust in Lubbock, Brownfield, and Lamesa, DEA agents and their law enforcement partners also seized roughly 27 pounds…

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Liverpool Man Pleads Guilty to Drug and Firearm Crimes

March 30, 2022

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Dionel Hall, 42, of Liverpool, New York, pled guilty today to possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, and unlawfully possessing a firearm as a felon, announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman, Timothy Foley, Acting Special Agent…

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Baxley, Ga., Woman Gets Maximum Sentence for Meth-Distribution Conspiracy

March 30, 2022

BRUNSWICK, GA – An Appling County woman has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Linda Timblin, 48, of Baxley, Ga., was sentenced to 60 months in prison after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, said David H. Estes…

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Illinois Man Sentenced to 112 Months for Meth Trafficking

March 30, 2022

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Todd C. Smith, Assistant Special Agent in Charge at U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Chicago, and U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Harris of the Central District of Illinois announced that Christopher P. Shultz, 50, of Monmouth, Illinois, was sentenced on March 29, 2022, to 112 months’ imprisonment, to be…

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Chula Vista Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Distributing Fentanyl-Laced Pills that Caused Overdose Death of 20-Year-Old

March 29, 2022

SAN DIEGO –Jonathan Mefford was sentenced in federal court today to 190 months in prison for selling fentanyl-laced pills that caused the death of a 20-year-old Chula Vista man, identified in court records as J.P., in October of 2018, and for distributing multi-pound level quantities of methamphetamine in Kansas. Mefford…

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DEA Launches Operation Engage Spokane to Target Fentanyl

March 29, 2022

SPOKANE, Wash.–The United States Drug Enforcement Administration is launching Operation Engage in Spokane, Washington. Operation Engage Spokane is a comprehensive community-level approach to address the drug epidemic through prevention strategies, facilitating conversations and collaboration with local partners. The Seattle Field Division’s proposal was one of 11 approved for continued funding…

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Peabody Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Drugs Laced with Fentanyl

March 29, 2022

BOSTON – A Peabody man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to participating in a conspiracy that distributed fentanyl and drugs laced with fentanyl. Francisco Tavarez, a/k/a “Jose,” 25, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of fentanyl and one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to…

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St. Louis Man Sentenced to 45 Years for Providing Information that Led to Murders and Violence

March 28, 2022

ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey sentenced Charles “Man Man” Thompson to 45 years in prison today. The 35-year-old St. Louis resident pleaded guilty in January 2020 to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine; three counts of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking…

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Las Cruces psychiatrist pleads guilty to unlawfully prescribing opioids

March 28, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Mark Beale, 75, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, pleaded guilty on March 25 in federal court to unlawful dispensing and distributing of a schedule II controlled substance. Beale will remain on conditions of release pending sentencing. A federal grand jury indicted Beale on June 23, 2021. According…

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Armed Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

March 28, 2022

BURLINGTON, Vt.- The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Ramzi Kori, 21, of Burlington, Vermont, was sentenced today to serve three years in prison after his convictions for possession with intent to distribute heroin and for being a felon in possession of a…

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Suburban Chicago Man Convicted of Laundering Drug Proceeds for Mexican Traffickers

March 28, 2022

CHICAGO — Robert Bell, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Chicago Division, and U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch, Jr., of the Northern District of Illinois, announced that a federal jury has convicted a suburban Chicago man of laundering illegal narcotics proceeds on behalf of drug traffickers in…

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Indiana Armed Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 106 Months in Prison

March 28, 2022

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Alfred A. Cooke, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Merrillville, Indiana, and U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of Indiana announced that Joseph Blair, Jr., 30 years old, of South Bend, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Damon R. Leichty after pleading…

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Phoenix Man Sentenced for Mailing Meth and Money Laundering

March 25, 2022

BENTON, Ill. – Jose Angulo, 51, of Phoenix, was sentenced on March 24, 2022, to 30 years for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, money laundering, and distribution of methamphetamine. Evidence demonstrated that between 2018 through November of 2019, Angulo was responsible for shipping more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine to the…

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Missouri Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Meth Organization

March 25, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A West Plains, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine in Howell, Greene, and Texas counties. Luis Ortiz Rodriguez, 39, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 20 years and 10…

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Two Men Face Federal Drug Charges After Multi-Agency Enforcement Operation at Rutland Motel

March 25, 2022

RUTLAND, Vt. – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced today that Daniel Ruiz, 34, of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Joel Ivan Caquias Aviles, 21, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, were arrested Wednesday evening and charged yesterday by criminal complaint with Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances. Both..

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Winooski Woman Charged with Distribution of Methamphetamine

March 25, 2022

WINOOSKI, Vt. – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced today that Julie Overfield, 62, of Winooski, Vermont was arrested Wednesday during the execution of a search warrant at her residence. Overfield was charged by criminal complaint with Distribution of Methamphetamine. Overfield is scheduled…

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Four Arrested for Alleged Drug Trafficking in Las Vegas

March 25, 2022

LAS VEGAS – On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, members of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Las Vegas District Office, DEA Fresno Resident Office and the Tulare County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program concluded a multiple month-long investigation of a major narcotic trafficking organization with the arrest of four…

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Houston Man Found Guilty for Possessing 100 Kilograms of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute

March 25, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Todd C. Smith, Assistant Special Agent in Charge at U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Chicago, and U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Harris of the Central District of Illinois announced that a federal jury returned a guilty verdict on March 23, 2022, against Muhammad Usama, 25, of Houston, for knowingly possessing…

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Mexican Citizen Sentenced to 4 Years for Trafficking Meth through Wisconsin

March 25, 2022

MADISON, Wis. – John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea of the Western District of Wisconsin announced that Jose A. Mendoza-Cortez, 32, a citizen of Mexico found in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, was sentenced on March 24, 2022…

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Illinois Meth Trafficker Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

March 25, 2022

PEORIA, Ill. – Todd C. Smith, Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Chicago, and U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Harris of the Central District of Illinois announced that Demarco E. Washington, 43, of Peoria, was sentenced on March 24, 2022, to 12 years in prison, to be…

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Arlington Doctor Sentenced to 12 Years in Pill Mill Case

March 25, 2022

DALLAS, TX- An Arlington physician has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for fraud and drug crimes, announced DEA Special Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chávez. In July 2021, a federal jury convicted physician Clinton Battle, 69, of one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and one…

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Assassin for Mexican Cartel Sentenced to Life in Prison

March 24, 2022

EL PASO – A Mexican national was sentenced today to life in prison and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for his role in the Sinaloa Cartel’s operations. According to court documents, Mario Iglesias-Villegas, aka “Dos,” “El 2,” “Delta,” “Parka,” “Grim Reaper,” 37, of Villa Ahumada, became a member of…

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Federal Jury Convicts Buffalo Man of Murder and Causing a Heroin Overdose that Led to a Death

March 24, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. –U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that following a four-week week trial, a federal jury has convicted Donte Walker, a/k/a Slim, 30, of Buffalo, NY, of multiple charges including murder while engaged in a continuing criminal enterprise and narcotics conspiracy, tampering with a witness, discharge of firearms…

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Boston Man Pleads Guilty To Trafficking Wholesale Quantities Of Cocaine

March 24, 2022

BOSTON – A Boston man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to trafficking cocaine as part of a larger drug trafficking conspiracy. Russell Hankerson, 40 of Boston, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns…

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Chicopee Business Man Sentenced In Cocaine And Heroin Conspiracy Sourced From Mexico

March 24, 2022

BOSTON – A Chicopee businessman and the former owner and operator of TWC Auto Body in Holyoke was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Springfield for his role in a cocaine and heroin conspiracy. Jamil Roman, 44, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to seven months…

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Bridgeport Gang Member Involved In Courthouse Shootings Sentenced To 15 Years In Federal Prison

March 24, 2022

BRIDGEPORT, Conn – DIOMIE BLACKWELL, also known as “Yamo,” 25, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 180 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for participating in gang-related shootings, including a shooting in front of a state…

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Head of the Gulf Cartel Jose Alfredo Cardenas-Martinez Indicted

March 24, 2022

BROWNSVILLE, TX – Jose Alfredo Cardenas-Martinez aka El Contador has been indicted in the Southern District of Texas on various charges related to his position as the head of the Cardenas family drug trafficking operation known as the Cartel del Golfo, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge…

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Three Texas Residents Sent to Prison for Attempted Meth Distribution

March 24, 2022

LAREDO, TX – Three Texas residents have been ordered to federal prison following their convictions of conspiracy to transport 30.1 kilograms of pure meth, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Daniel C. Comeaux, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Jose Ramon Garcia, 41, and Jorge Armando Lozano, 39, both…

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Siskiyou Man Convicted of Bribery of a Public Official, Conspiracy to Commit Bribery, and Manufacturing More than 100 Marijuana Plants

March 24, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On March 18, 2022, a federal jury convicted Chi Meng Yang, 36, of Montague, of bribery of a public official, conspiracy to commit bribery, and manufacturing more than 100 marijuana plants, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Wade R. Shannon…

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Wisconsin Meth Trafficker Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

March 24, 2022

MADISON, Wis. – John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea of the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Saige T. Marten, 29, Boyd, Wisconsin, was sentenced on March 23 by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to eight…

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Operation Chopping Block: Two Alleged Gang Members Indicted for Selling 33 Firearms to Undercover Officer

March 24, 2022

BRONX, N.Y. – Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark, New York City Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell, Drug Enforcement Administration New York Division Acting Special Agent in Charge Tim Foley, and Homeland Security Investigations New York Acting Special Agent in Charge Ricky J. Patel today announced that two Bronx men…

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Illinois Meth Dealer Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison

March 24, 2022

PEORIA, Ill. – Todd C. Smith, Assistant Special Agent in Charge at U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Chicago, and U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Harris of the Central District of Illinois announced that Sean E. Ward, 49, of Pekin, Illinois, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison, to be followed by five years…

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Wisconsin Man Sentenced to 108 Months for Cocaine Trafficking and Gun Crimes

March 24, 2022

MADISON, Wis. – John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and Timothy M. O’Shea, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Andre L. McClinton, 50, of Madison, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 108 months in…

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Two Trenton Men Indicted for Fentanyl Conspiracy

March 24, 2022

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two Trenton, Missouri, men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in Grundy County, Mo., and elsewhere. Troy Lee Palmer, 24, and Dallas W. Hughs, 26, were charged in a six-count indictment returned under seal by…

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Phoenix Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Selling Fentanyl that Led to Woman’s Death

March 24, 2022

PHOENIX – Reyes Luis Holguin, 29, of Phoenix, Arizona, agreed this week to pay $6,103 in restitution to the family of a young mother whose life was taken by fentanyl she bought from Holguin in August 2019. In December 2021, U.S. District Judge Susan M. Brnovich sentenced Holguin to 10…

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Six Indicted In Northern New England Fentanyl Trafficking Operation

March 24, 2022

BOSTON – Six individuals have been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with a fentanyl trafficking operation that spanned across northern New England. Randell Starlin Medina Rodriguez, 26, of Andover, Mass.; Williams Colon Sanchez, 26, or Lawrence, Mass.; Douglas Morris, 31, of Bangor, Maine; Robert Rodriguez Jr., 48…

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