ETATS-UNIS 🇺🇸 (DEA) : les dernières NARCONEWS au 12 janvier 2022

Colombian National Extradited from Panama Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges in the United States

January 12, 2022 TAMPA, Fla. – Gerardo Gomez-Lubo, a/k/a Francisco Niño (42, Colombia), has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine knowing and intending it to be imported into the United States. Gomez-Lubo faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set. According to the…

Five Members of Pinellas County Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Charged and Arrested

January 12, 2022 TAMPA, Fla. –United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announced the unsealing of an indictment charging Jovante Raschod Thomas, a/k/a “Wood,” a/k/a “Tae” (40, Pinellas Park), Troy Lydell Mctier Jr. (29, St. Petersburg), Adrian Fulton Ashby, (50, St. Petersburg) Marquesha Dequaila Leseon Isaac a/k/a “Auntie,” a/k/a “Angie” (36, St. Peterburg), and…

Ten-Time Convicted Felon Who Trafficked Fentanyl Causing Deaths Sentenced to Over 15 Years in Federal Prison

January 12, 2022 TAMPA, Fla. – On January 11, 2022, U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew sentenced Derrick Hutchins (36, Tampa) to 15 years and 8 months in federal prison for distribution of fentanyl and methamphetamine. Hutchins had pleaded guilty on October 13, 2021. According to court documents, on April 26, 2020, Hutchins…

Illinois Man Sentenced to 190 Months for Meth Trafficking

January 10, 2022 PEORIA, Ill. – Robert Bell, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration Chicago Division, and U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Harris for the Central District of Illinois announced that Dustin R. Test, 39, from Peoria, Illinois, was sentenced on Jan. 6, 2022, to 190 months imprisonment, to be followed…

Passaic County Man Admits Role in Illegal Money Transmitting Scheme

January 07, 2022 NEWARK, 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 a Passaic County, New Jersey, man today admitted his role in an illegal money transmitting business. Julio De La…

New York Man Indicted on Fentanyl Trafficking Charges

January 07, 2022 Boston – A New York man was indicted yesterday in federal court in Boston on drug trafficking charges involving fentanyl. Ruben Davila Cardenas, 43, of Sunnyside, N.Y., was indicted on one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more fentanyl. According to the charging documents…

Portland-Area Drug Trafficker Indicted for Kidnapping and Murder

January 07, 2022 PORTLAND, Ore.—A federal superseding indictment was unsealed today charging a Mexican National residing in Clackamas County, Oregon for his role in the 2019 kidnapping and murder of a Washington State man and other drug trafficking crimes. Marcos Alonso Castillo-Bernal, 46, has been charged with conspiring to possess with intent to…

Pain Clinic Doctor and Staff Member Charged with Unlawful Distribution of Opioids

January 06, 2022 TAMPA, Fla. – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announced the return of an indictment charging Dr. Qing McGaha (55, Tampa) with conspiracy to commit unlawful distribution of controlled substances and unlawful distribution of controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice, as…

KC Man Pleads Guilty to Meth Trafficking, Illegal Firearms

January 06, 2022 KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Missouri, man who was arrested with 19 firearms and quantities of illegal drugs in his home pleaded guilty in federal court today to trafficking methamphetamine and illegally possessing firearms. Rusty W. Snow, 28, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to one…

Woman Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison for Fentanyl Distribution Conspiracy

January 06, 2022 NEWARK, 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 a citizen of the Dominican Republic was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for her role in a…

Methuen Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Trafficking

January 06, 2022 BOSTON – A Methuen man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to selling a fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl mixture to an undercover agent on five occasions. Andi Guerrero-Lara, a/k/a “Manny Sierra,” 24, pleaded guilty to a seven count superseding indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy to…

Final Defendant in Tragic Fentanyl Overdose Death Case Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Prison

January 05, 2022 SAN FRANCISCO – Leanna Zamora, was sentenced today to 77 months in prison for distribution of fentanyl and her role in a fentanyl distribution conspiracy, announced United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent In Charge Wade R. Shannon. The sentence, handed down today by…

Indiana Man Sentenced 20 Years For Meth Trafficking

January 05, 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 Calvin Mitchell, Jr., 39, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Holly A. Brady…

Boise Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking

January 05, 2022 BOISE, Id. – A Boise man was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. According to court records, Robert Lee Brittain, 54, of Boise, sold two pounds of methamphetamine to another person in February 2021. Investigators obtained a warrant authorizing the…

Thirteen Arrested for Fentanyl Distribution

January 05, 2022 AUSTIN – Today 13 individuals were arrested on criminal charges for their alleged involvement in fentanyl distribution announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux and United States Attorney Ashley C. Hoff. According to court documents, Marcos Garcia, 18, of Somerton, AZ; Oliver Garcia, 20, of…

St. Louis Man Pleas Guilty of Meth Distribution

January 04, 2022 ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Court Judge John A. Ross accepted a plea of guilty today from Adam Jones of St. Louis. Sentencing is scheduled for April 12, 2022. According to the plea agreement, about July 15, 2020, Jones possessed more than five grams of methamphetamine and that at the…

San Diego Resident Indicted for Distributing Fentanyl that Resulted in 15-Year-Old’s Death

December 28, 2021 SAN DIEGO – Kaylar Junior Tawan Beltranlap of San Diego appeared in federal court today in connection with a grand jury indictment charging him with selling the fentanyl that resulted in the death of a 15-year-old Coronado High School sophomore on May 12, 2021. Agents and Task Force officers with…

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ETATS-UNIS 🇺🇸 (DEA) : toutes les dernières « Narconews » au 2 janvier 2022

Mexican National Sentenced to 12 Years for Conspiracy to Distribute More Than 2,600 Kilos of Cocaine

December 27, 2021 KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Mexican national was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy that distributed more than 2,600 kilograms of cocaine in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Jesus Salvador Campoy-Estrada, also known as “Chava” and “Chavita,” 27, of Kansas City, Kansas, was sentenced by…

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Mexican National Living in Hialeah Sentenced to Over Eight Years in Federal Prison for Attempting to Purchase Five Kilograms of Cocaine

December 22, 2021 MIAMI – Drug trafficker, Pablo Alexander Reyes-Sanchez, a 33-year-old Mexican national, was sentenced in federal court in Miami to 97 months in prison by Chief United States District Court Cecilia M. Altonaga. Reyes-Sanchez brokered a deal involving the purchase of five kilograms of cocaine for $160,000. Reyes-Sanchez traveled to Miami…

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Baltimore Heroin Dealer Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Conspiracy Charge

December 21, 2021 Baltimore, Md., – Larry Gardner, a/k/a “Little Larry,” age 40, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to participating in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, including heroin. The guilty plea was announced by Jarod Forget, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Washington Divison…

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Operators of Three Texas Pharmacies and Two Pain Clinics Arrested for Illegally Dispensing Nearly Four Million Opioid Pills

December 21, 2021 WASHINGTON – Three Houston-area pharmacists, a doctor, and a pharmacy technician have been arrested for allegedly running three pharmacies and two clinics as “pill mills;” distributing hydrocodone, oxycodone, and other controlled drugs without a legitimate medical purpose. According to court documents, since January 2018, Chrisco Pharmacy (Chrisco), Keystone Pharmacy (Keystone)…

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Calvert County Felon Convicted After Four Day Trial for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

December 20, 2021 Baltimore, MD – A federal jury convicted Earl Leroy Griffin, Jr., age 45, of Sunderland, Maryland, late on December 17, 2021, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The conviction was announced by Jarod Forget, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Washington Division; United States Attorney for…

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Cocaine Supplier Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Federal Prison for Cocaine Trafficking Charges

December 17, 2021 Baltimore, Md., – U.S. District Judge George L. Russell sentenced Jack Anderson IV, age 45, of Tucson, Arizona, to 126 months in federal prison after Anderson entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. The guilty plea and…

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West Plains Woman Sentenced to 20 Years for Leading Meth Conspiracy

December 17, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Two West Plains, Missouri, residents were sentenced in federal court today for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine in Howell, Greene, and Texas counties. Shirley J. Hicks, 64, and Shaun M. Ross, 44, both of West Plains, were sentenced in separate hearings…

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Two Members of Pagan’s Motorcycle Club Indicted for Shooting at Hells Angels Rival

December 17, 2021 NEWARK, 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 two high-ranking members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club were indicted today for assault with a dangerous weapon in aid…

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DEA Reveals Criminal Drug Networks Are Flooding the U.S. with Deadly Fentanyl

December 17, 2021 MIAMI – As U.S. overdose deaths reach a devastating new height, claiming a new victim every five minutes, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has revealed a direct link between fentanyl-related overdose deaths and criminal drug networks in Mexico. These groups are harnessing social media platforms to bring drugs laced with…

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NARCO-BUSINESS 🇪🇺 🇺🇸 🇦🇺 🇨🇳 🇲🇽 🇧🇷 🇦🇫: narco-traffickers defied Covid-19 and now look set to reach new heights, as the stars are aligning for a further expansion of their trade.

In mid-December, the authorities in Arizona intercepted more than 1.5 tons of methamphetamine coming from Mexico, the last in a line of record drug hauls around the world in recent months. Responding to the news, UN synthetic drugs expert Martin Raithelhuber tweeted that the size of meth seizures was “simply amazing”.  

The global drugs trade is on fire, having survived the coronavirus pandemic with minimal disruption. Production is increasing in many places, fuelled by instability and economic crises in major drug-producing countries. Traffickers appear to be sending vast shipments, reflected in record-breaking drug seizures.

“There’s a boom in demand, there’s a boom in supply,” said Andrew Cunningham, head of drug markets, crime and supply reduction at the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), “It does look quite apparent.” 

Nowhere is this boom more pronounced than in the Golden Triangle, where Laos, Thailand and Myanmar intersect. In October, police grabbed 55 million methamphetamine tablets in Laos, Asia’s largest ever drug bust. Regional drug production and trafficking have intensified following the February coup in Myanmar, which plunged the country into chaos.

The October meth haul was only the tip of the iceberg. Many other large shipments have been reported in recent months. Seizures of methamphetamine have been expanding steadily in the past decade to reach a record high in 2020, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 

“There is an expansion of the synthetic drug market,” said Martin Raithelhuber, of UNODC. Meth was becoming “cheaper” while purity remained high, he said. “It really points to a larger amount of the drug being available on the market”. 

This boom has been facilitated by innovative chemistry. Drug producers have managed to create their own precursor chemicals for synthetic drugs, bypassing international controls. Last year Laotian authorities seized more than 70 tons of propionyl chloride, which can be used to make fentanyl and meth precursors. 

Record hauls

Mexican cartels have reportedly used similar experimentation, and drugs are flooding into the US. In November, almost 9 tons of meth and over 175 kg of fentanyl were seized at the border, the largest amount for either drug in two years. Indeed, the DEA seized a record amount of fentanyl in 2021. Overdose deaths reached new highs from 2020 to 2021.

Mexican cartels have also penetrated the European market. Spanish police recently announced the largest ever methamphetamine bust on record, with over 2.5 tons seized in separate, coordinated raids in various cities. A Mexican cartel was allegedly piping meth into Europe through the port of Barcelona.

These seizures point to large-scale drug production, but they are also indicative of intensified law-enforcement activity, according to Andrew Cunningham. The Spanish meth haul was the result of a lengthy international investigation. Encrypted communication platforms used by traffickers have recently been cracked, leading to big seizures.

Mexican cartels have also penetrated the European market. A Mexican cartel was allegedly piping meth into Europe through the port of Barcelona.
Mexican cartels have also penetrated the European market. A Mexican cartel was allegedly piping meth into Europe through the port of Barcelona. (AP)

The narcotics trade has also been helped along by political instability in major drug-producing countries, such as Myanmar and Afghanistan. The production and trafficking of narcotics tend to flourish in chaotic, conflict-ridden states with rule of law deficits. 

“The places where the drug production is booming are places where the state has very little control or they’re facilitating or turning a blind eye to things that are going on in the country,” Cunningham told TRT World.

In war-ravaged Syria manufacture of the amphetamine known as Captagon has skyrocketed with the help of the government. The Assad regime, throttled by sanctions and mired in economic crisis, is relying on drugs to earn hard currency. Associates of the ruling family are allegedly involved in production and trafficking of Captagon, turning Syria into a narcostate.

Captagon seizures have reached eyewatering levels. 2021 saw the largest quantity of tablets seized on record, with 95 million pills intercepted in Malaysia in a single haul in March. In Jordan, almost twice as many Captagon tablets were grabbed in 2021 compared with the previous year. And Saudi Arabia has been severely affected, too.

Captagon has also reached Iraq, where use of synthetic drugs, including methamphetamine, has increased enormously in the past decade. The amount of Captagon and meth seized in 2021 was twenty times larger than in the previous two years combined, according to the Iraqi government. 

“The Captagon trade has experienced a notable increase in both supply and number of transit and destination markets,” said Caroline Rose, Senior Analyst and Head of the Power Vacuums program in the Human Security unit at the Newlines Institute and author of an upcoming report on Captagon. “It’s very likely that this trade will continue to expand”.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan has emerged as a major meth producer. The drug can be made cheaply using a local plant, ephedra. Afghan meth now flows in copious quantities to Iran and also to Africa via Pakistan and the Indian Ocean. International maritime forces seized more drugs in the region in 2021 than in the previous four years combined – a new record.

The narcotics boom is more pronounced than anywhere else in the Golden Triangle, where Laos, Thailand and Myanmar intersect. Regional drug production and trafficking intensified following the February coup in Myanmar, which plunged the country into chaos.
The narcotics boom is more pronounced than anywhere else in the Golden Triangle, where Laos, Thailand and Myanmar intersect. Regional drug production and trafficking intensified following the February coup in Myanmar, which plunged the country into chaos. (AP)

According to recent research, the production of ephedra appears to be increasing in Afghanistan as the country collapses into economic crisis. Satellite imagery reveals “new shops, an extended storage area for dried & milled ephedra, and more inventory than ever before”, writes David Mansfield. The price of both meth and ephedra has fallen. 

Afghanistan is also a major producer of opiates, accounting for 85 percent of the global heroin supply. Opium production increased by 8 percent in 2021, the United Nations recently assessed, and may continue to rise as farmers have reported higher levels of cultivation this planting season.

Elsewhere, the cocaine trade is booming. Production increased in Colombia in 2020, and there have been a number of massive seizures at European ports, including over 16 tons at Hamburg in February, almost 11 tons at Antwerp in April and 4 tons at Rotterdam in October. Turkey also saw the largest cocaine haul in its history this year.

What supply chain crisis?

The use of container ships to smuggle cocaine concealed in perishable goods, such as fruit, predated the pandemic, but appears to have increased. Air travel was severely hit by coronavirus restrictions, limiting the ability to send drugs on commercial flights.

Maritime shipping enables smugglers to transport huge quantities of product with relatively limited risk of detection, given the size of the vessels and the time-sensitive nature of food imports, which must be checked promptly by customs officials.

The massive seizures this year also indicate that the cocaine trade has not been significantly disrupted by the covid-related supply-chain crisis. A boom in demand combined with covid problems in Asia have caused shortages of goods and shipping delays as vessels lie moored outside ports, waiting for a berth. 

While South America has been affected by the crisis, import volumes from the east coast to Europe have not declined during the pandemic, according to Simon Heaney, a senior manager at maritime consultancy, Drewry. “I haven’t seen any evidence that volumes on this trade have been supressed by the supply chain issues,” Heaney told TRT World.

Food, in which cocaine is often hidden, is less vulnerable to disruption than electrical appliances. “The supply chain is much more complex with electrical goods – more intermediate components / parts that need to be shipped from various locations, increasing the risk of delays / raising costs,” Heaney said.

The pandemic forced traffickers to adapt their methods, selling drugs online and adopting novel delivery systems that reduce human contact, such as drones.
The pandemic forced traffickers to adapt their methods, selling drugs online and adopting novel delivery systems that reduce human contact, such as drones. (AP)

While the cost of sending freight has generally become more expensive amid the supply-chain crisis, including from South America, traffickers generally conceal their product in licit shipments, meaning they “do not pay for the cost of the shipping container”, according to Andrew Cunningham. 

The trafficking of heroin along the Balkan Route through Iran and Turkey to Europe is mostly conducted in vehicles and has not been seriously affected by the shipping crisis, and the same goes for the meth trade in Southeast Asia, much of which happens overland between Lower Mekong countries.

The demand for narcotics might also have increased, Cunningham said. The use of drugs normally consumed in recreational settings, such as MDMA and cocaine, appeared to fall during the initial lockdowns in 2020, but has since bounced back, according to the EMCDDA’s 2021 drug report

The pandemic forced traffickers to adapt their methods, selling drugs online and adopting novel delivery systems that reduce human contact, such as drones. While some of these adaptations might be temporary, others could transform the drug trade and further empower traffickers going forward.

The social and economic damage caused by Covid-19 could also drive more people into drugs. “Research findings associate inequality, poverty and lack of opportunities for socioeconomic development with increased drug use disorders and increased engagement in drug production and trafficking,” says the 2021 UN World Drug Report.

Narco-traffickers defied Covid-19 and now look set to reach new heights, as the stars are aligning for a further expansion of their trade.

Rupert Stone

AUTHOR Rupert Stone@RupertStone83

Rupert Stone is an Istanbul-based freelance journalist working on South Asia and the Middle East.

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 (DG de la douane – DNRED) : lettre ouverte au valet de plume Michel Baron

Michel Baron

Mon cher Michel

Mon cher administrateur des douanes

Mon cher responsable des affaires juridiques et contentieuses

Mon cher menteur

Mon cher tartuffe

Relisant tes écrits, j’ai pu constater que tu étais particulièrement performant dans l’art de la rhétorique mensongère.

Le 10 avril 2020, je t’avais écrit une lettre ouverte, mais tes nombreuses occupations ne t’ont pas permis de trouver le temps d’y répondre.

Je te la fais à nouveau parvenir, espérant que cette fois-ci, tu n’auras pas l’attitude d’un de tes prédécesseurs Gérard Schoen qui avait préféré s’enfuir en courant lorsque j’avais cherché à le rencontrer.

J’ai mis quelques photos pour te permettre de reconnaitre tes semblables !

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Ô, mon cher Michel, mon cher administrateur des douanes, mon cher responsable des affaires juridiques et contentieuses, mon cher menteur, mon cher tartuffe, constater une fois encore tes savantes manœuvres pour dégager la responsabilité de l’administration des douanes ne m’ont permis que de faire un constat, accablant pour toi, comme pour tes prédécesseurs Elizabeth Melscoet, Thomas Charvet et le gredin Erwan Guilmin : vous êtes des menteurs institutionnels !

Erwan Guilmin

Mon cher Michel, mon cher administrateur des douanes, mon cher responsable des affaires juridiques et contentieuses, mon cher menteur, mon cher tartuffe, sais tu que je ne peux accepter cette infamie savamment distillée par tes écris mensongers. Il m’est insupportable de constater qu’après avoir été encensé puis encouragé à infiltrer et infiltrer encore, tu ne souhaitais que flétrir tant de lauriers amassés. Mes actions qu’avec respect toute la hiérarchie de la DNRED admirait, mes informations précises qui tant de fois ont permis des saisies importantes, tant de fois valorisaient un service… aux actions que tu ne connais même pas ! Tu m’as trahi comme tu as trahi l’honneur de la douane tout entière en deformant sciemment l’action que j’ai menée suite aux volontés ministérielles de Michel Charasse.

Gérard Schoen

Mon cher Michel, mon cher administrateur des douanes, mon cher responsable des affaires juridiques et contentieuses, mon cher menteur, mon cher tartuffe, toi qui occupe un haut rang d’administrateur, comment peux tu l’occuper sans honneur? Tu as préféré emprunter les affabulations de tes prédécesseurs pour m’écarter de toutes réparations. Seras-tu un sprinter comme ce faquin de Gérard Schoen si tu me rencontrais ou préférerais-tu jouer les timides méprisants et dédaigneux, comme le fit Corinne Cleostrate, et t’éloigner sans me regarder ?

Corine Cleostrate

Mon cher Michel, mon cher administrateur des douanes, mon cher responsable des affaires juridiques et contentieuses, mon cher menteur, mon cher tartuffe, relire encore que toutes les turpitudes subies ne seraient la résultante que d’une erreur d’appréciation de ma part sur l’engagement de la douane sur lequel j’étais persuadé pouvoir compter, me trouble. En homme d’honneur que je suis, habitué à la parole donnée, il m’était difficile d’imaginer que tant de bassesses pouvait t’habiter.

Thomas Charvet

Mon cher Michel, mon cher administrateur des douanes, mon cher responsable des affaires juridiques et contentieuses, mon cher menteur, mon cher tartuffe, je te croyais honnête et factuel, n’hésitant pas à t’informer avant de m’emballer dans des écrits totalement infondés. Non, tu n’as rien demandé, te permettant alors de tordre le cou à la vérité des faits.

Mon cher Michel, mon cher administrateur des douanes, mon cher responsable des affaires juridiques et contentieuses, mon cher menteur, mon cher tartuffe, merci de transmettre mes meilleures civilités à ton entourage…douanier. »

Marc Fievet

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François Auvigne

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ÉTATS-UNIS 🇺🇸 (DEA) : toutes les dernières ‘Narconews’ au 18 décembre 2021

Record Fentanyl Seizure by DEA Phoenix, Scottsdale Police & the Arizona Attorney General’s Office as DEA Announces Nationwide Public Safety Surge

December 17, 2021 PHOENIX – As U.S. overdose deaths reach a devastating new height, claiming a new victim every five minutes, the Drug Enforcement Administration has revealed a direct link between fentanyl-related overdose deaths and criminal drug networks in Mexico. These groups are harnessing social media platforms to bring drugs laced with fentanyl…

Nassau County Repeat Offender Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Offense

December 17, 2021 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Shawn Andrew Wilson (47, Fernandina Beach) pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. Wilson faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 5 years, and up to, 40 years in federal prison. According…

DEA Reveals Criminal Drug Networks Are Flooding the U.S. with Deadly Fentanyl

December 17, 2021 Seattle- As U.S. overdose deaths reach a devastating new height, claiming a new victim every five minutes, the Drug Enforcement Administration has revealed a direct link between fentanyl-related overdose deaths and criminal drug networks in Mexico. These groups are harnessing social media platforms to bring drugs laced with fentanyl and…

Mexican National Sentenced for Central Valley Drug Conspiracy

December 17, 2021 FRESNO, Calif. — Genaro Serrato-Calles (“Serrato”), aka “Alejandro,” aka “Meno,” 49, of Michoacán, Mexico, was sentenced Tuesday to 148 months in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Wade R. Shannon and Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. His sentencing…

Mexican Citizen Pleads Guilty to Distributing Fentanyl in Bakersfield

December 17, 2021 FRESNO, Calif. — Jesus Adrian Pena-Gamez, 33, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing with the intent to distribute fentanyl, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Wade R. Shannon and Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. Pena-Gamez is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District…

Sacramento Man Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Prison for Fentanyl Distribution

December 17, 2021 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Christopher Kegan Williams, 26, of Sacramento, was sentenced on Tuesday by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to 2.5 years in prison for distribution of fentanyl, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Wade R. Shannon and Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. According…

DEA Reveals Criminal Drug Networks Are Flooding the U.S. with Deadly Fentanyl

December 17, 2021 NEWARK, N.J. – As U.S. overdose deaths reach a devastating new height, claiming a new victim every five minutes, the Drug Enforcement Administration has revealed a direct link between fentanyl-related overdose deaths and criminal drug networks in Mexico. These groups are harnessing social media platforms to bring drugs laced with…

Aryan Brotherhood Member Pleads Guilty to Meth Trafficking

December 16, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Billings, Missouri, man who belongs to the Aryan Brotherhood pleaded guilty in federal court today to methamphetamine trafficking. Jimmy Jack Pinkley, 44, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. By pleading guilty…

DEA Reveals Criminal Drug Networks Are Flooding the U.S. with Deadly Fentanyl

December 16, 2021 CHICAGO – As U.S. overdose deaths reach a devastating new height, claiming a new victim every five minutes, the Drug Enforcement Administration has revealed a direct link between fentanyl-related overdose deaths and criminal drug networks in Mexico. These groups are harnessing social media platforms to bring drugs laced with fentanyl…

DEA Reveals Criminal Drug Networks Are Flooding the U.S. with Deadly Fentanyl

December 16, 2021 Washington, D.C. – As U.S. overdose deaths reach a devastating new height, claiming a new victim every five minutes, the Drug Enforcement Administration has revealed a direct link between fentanyl-related overdose deaths and criminal drug networks in Mexico. These groups are harnessing social media platforms to bring drugs laced with…

Former Long Island Doctor Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison for Causing the Overdose Deaths of Two patients and Illegally Distributing Oxycodone

December 16, 2021 CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, Michael Belfiore, a former medical doctor, was sentenced by United States Circuit Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 23 years in prison for the illegal distribution of oxycodone causing the deaths of two patients and the illegal distribution of…

Indianapolis Meth Trafficking Leaders Sentenced to Decades in Federal Prison

December 16, 2021 INDIANAPOLIS – Michael J. Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Indianapolis, and U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers of the Southern District of Indiana announced that an Indianapolis man was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James R. Sweeney to over 27 years in prison following his…

Chinese Citizen Charged with Massive Anabolic Steroid and Fentanyl Precursor Chemical Distribution Scheme

December 15, 2021 Dallas – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas has filed federal charges against one of the world’s largest alleged anabolic steroid producers, DEA Special Agent in Charge, Eduardo A. Chávez announced today. Chuen Fat Yip, a 68-year-old citizen of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), was…

Statement from DEA Administrator Anne Milgram on Cheun Fat Yip

December 15, 2021 WASHINGTON – « Today’s designation of Chuen Fat Yip under the U.S. Department of State’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program marks the culmination of several years of law enforcement and prosecution efforts against one of the most prolific alleged distributors of illicit and dangerous drugs and precursor chemicals operating in China…

Wisconsin Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Methamphetamine Trafficking

December 15, 2021 MADISON, Wis. – John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and Timothy M. O’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jacob A. Willox, 28, of Wausau, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to…

Los Angeles Man Arrested by DEA for Allegedly Providing a Fentanyl-Laced Pill to a Minor Who Suffered Fatal Overdose

December 15, 2021 LOS ANGELES— A Los Angeles man was arrested late Monday night on a federal grand jury indictment alleging he provided fentanyl-laced pills to a 15-year-old who died on July 8, 2021 after taking the pills. Johnny Castillo, 18, is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court Tuesday afternoon…

Man from Puerto Rico Admits Conspiring to Distribute over 250 Kilograms of Cocaine

December 14, 2021 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 announce a Puerto Rican man today admitted conspiring to distribute over 250 kilograms of cocaine. Mariano Enrique Arroyo Perez, aka “Humilde,” 29…

South Carolina Man Admits Interstate Gun Trafficking Conspiracy

December 14, 2021 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 South Carolina man today admitted conspiring to illegally sell firearms, including five pistols and one rifle, in…

Indiana Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

December 14, 2021 FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Alfred A. Cooke, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Merrillville, Indiana, and U.S. Attorney Clifford D. Johnson of the Northern District of Indiana announced that Stephen Jacob Lee Johnson, 49, of Mishawaka, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady…

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Multi-Drug Conspiracy

December 14, 2021 BOSTON – A New York man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to his role in a drug distribution conspiracy involving heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. Wilkin Cedano, 37, of Brooklyn, N.Y., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams…

Hudson County Man Sentenced to 86 Months in Prison on Drug Distribution Charges

December 13, 2021 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 Hudson County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 86 months in prison for possessing with intent…

Pain Clinic Owners Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegal Opioid Prescribing

December 13, 2021 MILWAUKEE – John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and Acting United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling announced that on Dec. 10, 2021, Lisa Hofschulz, 61, formerly a licensed nurse practitioner in the state of Wisconsin, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison…

Two Men Admit Roles in Drug Trafficking Organization

December 10, 2021 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 two Newark men have admitted their roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy based in Newark. Rahim Jackson pleaded…

Cartel Associate Convicted of Massive Meth Trafficking Operation

December 10, 2021 DALLAS – A major Dallas drug trafficker was convicted at trial of dealing methamphetamine out of his car dealership, announced DEA Special Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chávez. After four days of trial, a federal jury convicted Marco Antonio Gonzalez, 42, of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent…

Heroin Trafficker Who Fled Controlled Delivery sentenced to 14 Years

December 10, 2021 DALLAS – A heroin trafficker who fled the scene of a controlled delivery has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison, announced DEA Special Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chávez Frank Alex Juarez, 22, of Terrell, Texas, pleaded guilty in July to possession with intent to distribute heroin. He…

Oregon Drug Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Selling Meth

December 10, 2021 EUGENE, Ore. —A Winston, Oregon man was sentenced to federal prison today for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, which he had been selling in and around Douglas County, Oregon. Steven Dwayne Lander, 60, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release. According to court…

California Man Indicted On Methamphetamine Charge

December 10, 2021 BOSTON – A California man was indicted yesterday on a charge of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Cameron Graff, 29, of San Diego, Calif., was indicted on one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Graff is currently in…

South Dakota Takedown Nets Multiple Arrests, Weapons and Drugs

December 09, 2021 SIOUX FALLS, S.D.–Investigators with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) worked with state, local, tribal and federal law enforcement partners on an enforcement activity in six cities of eastern South Dakota earlier today, arresting 10 people on federal drug charges and four people on state drug charges. Agents located and…

Juries Return Guilty Verdicts Against Couple for Murdering Government Witness

December 09, 2021 OCALA, Fla. – Following eight days of trial in federal court, David Chappell Fey (57, Belleview) and Shari Lynn Gunter (58, Ocklawaha) have each been found guilty as charged for the murder of a government witness. The trial required special accommodations: a separate jury heard evidence for each defendant. In…

Bergen County Man Sentenced to 63 Months for Distributing and Conspiring to Distribute Crystal Methamphetamine

December 08, 2021 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 Bergen County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 63 months in prison for distributing and conspiring…

December 08, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Nixa, Missouri, physician pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to making a false statement to Medicare to obtain insurance coverage for a fentanyl prescription and to conspiring with others to use his DEA registration number to issue Schedule II controlled substances to patients in his absence…

Chicago Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Cocaine Charge

December 08, 2021 MADISON, Wis. – John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and Timothy M. O’Shea, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Marcus Catchings, 43, of Chicago, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to five years in…

Indiana Man Sentenced to 90 Months for Cocaine Distribution

December 07, 2021 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 Fredrick J. Morgan, Sr., 65 years old, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court…

Nurse Pleads Guilty to Tampering with Morphine at Moses Lake Clinic

December 07, 2021 Spokane – Esther Rae Tuller, age 40, of Moses Lake, Washington, has pleaded guilty to tampering with morphine medication while working as a registered nurse. Chief United States District Judge Stanley A. Bastian accepted Tuller’s guilty plea and scheduled a sentencing hearing for March 17, 2022, in Spokane. According to…

Methamphetamine trafficker sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

December 07, 2021 Tacoma- A 28-year-old citizen of Mexico was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 46 months in prison for his drug-dealing activity in Western Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. Omar Arellano-Hernandez had traveled to the Pacific Northwest from Mexico and was staying at a Tukwila hotel when…

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Bakersfield Man Pleads Guilty to Transporting over 100 Pounds of Methamphetamine

December 07, 2021 FRESNO, Calif. — Randal Jason Newell, 41, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty today to possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Wade R. Shannon and Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert. According to court documents, on Dec. 5, 2020, Newell drove from Bakersfield to…

Naples Doctor Who Operated a Pill Mill Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison

December 06, 2021 FORT MYERS, Fla. – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell today sentenced Gerald Michael Abraham, 76, of Naples, Florida. to three years in federal prison for dispensing controlled substances (oxycodone and amphetamine) for no legitimate medical purpose. The court also ordered Abraham to forfeit the following items to the United…

Savannah Woman Pleads Guilty to Laundering ‘Pill Mill’ Money

December 06, 2021 SAVANNAH, Ga. — A former Garden City, Ga., clinic owner and CEO has admitted to laundering money in connection with a notorious “pill mill” doctor who illegally dispensed massive amounts of controlled substances. Jamesetta Whipple-Duncan, 58, of Savannah, pled guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of money laundering…

Large Hexane Hash Oil Extraction Lab Seized in El Cajon

December 03, 2021 EL CAJON, Calif. — On December 2, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Narcotic Task Force and El Cajon Police Department executed a state search warrant at a warehouse located at 1478 Fayette Street in El Cajon. Investigators uncovered an active and sophisticated hexane hash oil extraction laboratory operation. Additional DEA personnel…

Virtua Health Inc. to Pay $150,000 to Settle Controlled Substances Act Allegations

December 03, 2021 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 nonprofit healthcare system that owns and operates a network of healthcare entities has agreed to pay $150,000…

30 Multi-State Drug Trafficking Ring Members Arrested, Charged

December 03, 2021 EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Michael Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Indianapolis, and U.S. Attorney Zachary Myers of the Southern District of Indiana today announced that a federal grand jury in Evansville returned indictments charging 30 men and women with several federal crimes, including conspiracy to distribute…

Two Malden Men Indicted For Trafficking Fentanyl and Methamphetamine

December 02, 2021 BOSTON – Two Malden men were indicted yesterday in connection with trafficking fentanyl and methamphetamine disguised as Adderall, Xanax or oxycodone in and around the Malden area. Igor Desouza, 25, and Matthew Ramos, 24, were indicted on one count each of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more…

Statement from DEA Administrator Anne Milgram

December 02, 2021 Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. Department of State announced a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Juan Carlos Valencia González, an alleged senior leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). CJNG is one of Mexico’s most violent and prolific…

Armed Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

December 02, 2021 MADISON, Wis. – John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and Timothy M. O’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Larry Cole, 41, of Painsdale, Michigan, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to…

Distributor of More than 100 Pounds of Fentanyl Sentenced to Almost Six Years in Prison

December 01, 2021 SAN DIEGO – Ernesto Renteria of Chula Vista was sentenced in federal court today to 71 months in custody for distributing more than 100 pounds of deadly fentanyl plus fentanyl analogues, cocaine and methamphetamine. According to his plea agreement, in May 2021, Renteria stored large quantities of the federally controlled…

DEA, HIDTA, and 18th Judicial District Announce Takedown of Colorado Based Fentanyl and Methamphetamine Drug Trafficking Organization

December 01, 2021 DENVER – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Denver Field Division, alongside Rocky Mountain HIDTA and the 18th Judicial District, announced the indictment of 19 individuals and arrest of 10 individuals as a part of an investigation into a poly-drug trafficking organization operating in the greater Denver area of Colorado. In…

Idaho Man Sentenced to 9 Years for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute

December 01, 2021 BOISE – A Nampa man was sentenced to 108 months in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. According to court records, Patrick William Collingwood, 39, of Nampa, transported methamphetamine and cash between Mexico and Idaho for a period of approximately four months before his arrest…

Sunland Park Woman Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

November 30, 2021 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Rosa De Santiago, 48, of Sunland Park, New Mexico, was sentenced in federal court today to 12 years in prison for her part in a drug trafficking and international money laundering conspiracy. De Santiago was one of 22 defendants charged in a 44-count superseding indictment on Aug…

Leader of Prolific Fentanyl Trafficking Ring Sentenced

November 30, 2021 Seattle – Three men who were convicted at trial in August 2021, of multiple federal felonies for distributing fentanyl pills in Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties, were sentenced to lengthy prison terms, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. The leader of the drug ring, Bradley Woolard, 41, of Arlington, was sentenced…

UT Southwestern to Pay $4.5 Million to Resolve Alleged Controlled Substance Act Violations That Permitted Drug Diversion by Staff

November 30, 2021 Dallas – The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has agreed to pay $4.5 million to resolve allegations that its violations of the Controlled Substances Act allowed hospital staff to divert fentanyl and other dangerous drugs from the hospital, announced DEA Dallas Special Agent in Charge, Eduardo A. Chávez. The…

Member of Brooklyn Street Gang Sentenced to 32 Years’ Imprisonment for Racketeering Conspiracy

November 29, 2021 BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Michael Liburd, a member of the Coney Island-based street gang known as the West End Enterprise, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Edward R. Korman to 32 years’ imprisonment following his conviction for racketeering conspiracy, including his participation…

Leader of Cocaine Conspiracy Sentenced to More than 10 Years in Federal Prison

November 29, 2021 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis today sentenced Eddie “Macho” Martinez-Marquez (33, Kissimmee) to 10 years and 1 month in federal prison for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. As part of his sentence, the court…

El Cajon Resident Sentenced to 15 Years for Selling Counterfeit Pills with Fentanyl that Caused 19-Year-Old’s Death

November 24, 2021 SAN DIEGO – El Cajon resident Olatunde James Temitope Akintonde was sentenced in federal court today to 15 years in prison for selling fentanyl-laced pills that caused the death of a 19-year-old Santee man, identified in court records as S.J.G., in March of 2019. Akintonde previously admitted that he sent…

Two MS-13 Leaders Convicted of Racketeering Conspiracy and Conspiring to Commit Multiple Murders

November 24, 2021 Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, a federal jury in Maryland convicted two El Salvadorian nationals for conspiring to participate in La Mara Salvatrucha, a transnational criminal enterprise, commonly known as MS-13. Junior Noe Alvarado-Requeno, aka Insolente, aka Trankilo, 25, and Miguel Angel Corea Diaz, aka Reaper, 39, were convicted of multiple…

Phoenix Field Division Graduates 13 Community Members from the First Ever Citizen’s Academy

November 24, 2021 PHOENIX – On October 2, 2021, thirteen Yavapai County community members proudly graduated from the Phoenix Field Division’s (PFD) first ever DEA Citizen’s Academy. The community-based training program provided civilians from the local community with a first-hand understanding of the critical mission and work conducted every day by the men…

Pain Management Doctor Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

November 23, 2021 NEW YORK – Keith Kruskall, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the New York Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Thomas Fattorusso, and Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation…

Humberto Rodriguez, aka “El Bori,” Pleads Guilty to April 2020 Murder

November 23, 2021 NEW YORK – Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Humberto Rodriguez, aka “El Bori,” pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to the April 18, 2020, murder of Jorge Miguel Cabrera. U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel accepted the defendant’s guilty…

Dominican National Convicted of Fentanyl Distribution

November 23, 2021 BOSTON – A Dominican national was convicted yesterday by a federal jury of distributing fentanyl. Bernardito Carvajal, 30, who most recently resided in Haverhill, was convicted following a five-day jury trial of two counts of distribution of fentanyl. U.S. Senior District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. scheduled sentencing for…

Indiana Man Sentenced to 70 Months for Drug Trafficking Charge

November 23, 2021 SOUTH BEND, Indiana – Alfred 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 Jason Cochran, 44, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced to 70 months in prison followed by four years of…

Minnesota Man Sentenced to 5 Years on Methamphetamine Charge

November 23, 2021 MADISON, Wis. – John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and Timothy O’Shea, acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Zakaree Stelzer, 25, of Lakeville, Minnesotra, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to five years in federal…

Illinois Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Role in Drug Trafficking

November 23, 2021 SOUTH BEND, Indiana – Alfred Cooke, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Merrillville, Indiana, and U.S. Attorney Clifford D. Johnson of the Nothern District of Indiana announced that Andre Neal, 44, of Zion, Illinois, was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by two years of supervised…

San Diego Resident Sentenced to Nearly 14 Years for Distributing Fentanyl that Resulted in Eighteen-Year-Old’s Death

November 22, 2021 SAN DIEGO – San Diego resident Brandon Jacob Shepherd was sentenced in federal court today to thirteen years and eleven months in prison for selling fentanyl that resulted in the death of an eighteen-year-old San Diego woman, identified in court records as P.E.R., in January of 2020. He received one…

Colombian National Extradited from Costa Rica to Face Drug Charges in the United States

November 22, 2021 TAMPA, Fla. – Karin Hoppmann, Acting United States (U.S.) Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, announced the unsealing of a 2019 indictment charging Piero Antonio Lubo-Barros, a/k/a “Nostradamus,” (41, Colombia, South America) with conspiracy to distribute large amounts of cocaine knowing and intending it to be imported into the…

Post Falls Doctor Pays $110,000 for Overprescribing Opioids

November 22, 2021 COEUR D’ALENE – Dr. Eric Benson, an internist practicing medicine in Post Falls, Idaho, agreed to pay $110,000 to resolve allegations that he unlawfully prescribed opioids and other controlled substances to patients between 2014-2021. The settlement, which was based in part on Dr. Benson’s ability to pay, also restricts the…

San Diego Man Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison for Fentanyl Overdose Death

November 19, 2021 SAN DIEGO – Tony Davis was sentenced today in federal court by U.S. District Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo to 13 years in prison for supplying the heroin and fentanyl that led to the fatal overdose of a 41-year-old San Diego woman, on October 24, 2018. According to his plea agreement…

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ÉTATS-UNIS 🇺🇸 (Fort Lauderdale) : le navire des garde-côtes « Hamilton » a été délesté de plus de 13 tonnes de stups

Les 26 250 livres de cocaïne et 3 700 livres de marijuana ont été déchargées du navire des garde-côtes « Hamilton », et à la suite de huit saisies effectuées en 70 jours environ. à Port Everglades, à Fort Lauderdale, au nord de Miami, à la suite de huit saisies effectuées en 70 jours environ.

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USA 🇺🇸 (Chicago) : incautan 100 kilos de cocaína y un avión privado que venía de México

Los agentes federales descubrieron 80 kilogramos de cocaína en un vehículo en River North, Chicago. Mientras que, otros 20 kilogramos estaban en una habitación de hotel, en Gold Coast.

Agentes federales obtuvieron una orden para incautar el avión privado, un Bombardier Challenger 600, hoy.

Según los cargos, el avión llegó al Aeropuerto Internacional Gary/Chicago en Gary, Indiana, y las drogas fueron llevadas en maletas al centro de Chicago.

El miercoles pasado, las autoridades detuvieron a dos de los acusados en el centro de Chicago; Sebastián Vázquez-Gamez, de 30 años y Rodrigo Alexis Jiménez-Pérez, de 25 años. Mientras que el otro sospechoso, Sergio Ivan Blas, de 39 años, fue arrestado en Indianápolis.

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ÉTATS-UNIS 🇺🇸 (DEA) : toutes les dernières ‘Narconews’ au 20 novembre 2021

Worcester Man Sentenced for Multi-Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

November 19, 2021 MASSACHUSETTS – A Worcester man was sentenced yesterday in connection with a fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy. Robert Young, 50, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to five years in prison and three years of supervised release. In October 2018, Young pleaded guilty…

Puerto Rico Man Sentenced to Prison For Trafficking Cocaine to Connecticut

November 19, 2021 CONNECTICUT – Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ROBERTO MUNIZ, 37, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, was sentenced today via videoconference by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking cocaine…

Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine and Fentanyl Distribution in Magic Valley

November 19, 2021 BOISE – Luis Leyva Verduzco was sentenced to 82 months in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. According to court records, beginning in early 2020, law enforcement received information that Verduzco, 32, a Mexican national living in Jerome, was involved in the distribution of methamphetamine…

Bakersfield Fentanyl Dealer Pleads Guilty

November 18, 2021 FRESNO, Calif. — Uriel Ivan Portillo, 35, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Wade R. Shannon and Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. According to court documents, on Nov. 21, 2019, Portillo distributed 5,000…

5 Wisconsin Men Charged for Drug Trafficking Crimes

November 18, 2021 MADISON, Wisconsin – John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration – Wisconsin, and Acting U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea of the Western District of Wisconsin announced that a federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments…

Takedown of Drug Trafficking Operation in the Capital Region

November 17, 2021 NEW YORK – DEA New York Division Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan and New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the indictment of 54 members of a drug trafficking ring for their roles in distributing heroin laced with fentanyl, powder and crack cocaine, and methamphetamine to Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga…

NY Man Charged with Multi-Drug Conspiracy

November 17, 2021 BOSTON – A New York man was charged yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with a drug distribution conspiracy involving heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. Wilkin Cedano, 37, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or…

Kansas City Man Sentenced for Meth Trafficking, Illegal Firearm

November 17, 2021 KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing methamphetamine and a firearm. Michael Allen Dicks, Jr., 32, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Dicks pleaded guilty on Feb. 23…

DEA Multi-Location Arrest Warrant Operation

November 17, 2021 LOS ANGELES —Today, law enforcement investigators served nine arrest warrants in multiple locations throughout Los Angeles and Riverside Counties. In March of 2020, the DEA launched Operation Crystal Shield to focus efforts on main U.S. methamphetamine trafficking transportation hubs. DEA identified eight major methamphetamine transportation hubs where Operation Crystal Shield…

Lake County Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Running Large-Scale Drug Conspiracy

November 17, 2021 OCALA, Fla. –Devonne L. Walker (36, Lady Lake) was sentenced in federal court today to 25 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Walker had pleaded guilty on July 28, 2021. According to evidence presented at the sentencing hearing, Walker was the leader and organizer of a…

Administrator Anne Milgram Remarks on the Overdose Epidemic

November 17, 2021 Thank you and good morning. Thank you to ONDCP and to all the federal partners with whom we have been working on this important issue. This is a critical moment in our country. DEA’s mission is to keep American communities safe and healthy and we are in the midst of…

High Speed Chase Ends with 15 Years in Prison for Illegal Firearms

November 16, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – An Aurora, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing firearms after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase from Bolivar, Mo., to Springfield, Mo. Milton W. Sparks, 38, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal…

Grand Jury Indicts 20 in Multi-State Drug Trafficking Ring

November 16, 2021 ST. LOUIS – A federal grand jury indicted Steven Bell, along with 19 other defendants, for charges that include conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine in a large-scale nationwide drug ring. The group transported and distributed illegal narcotics in numerous states to include California, Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky and…

Fort Worth Jury Convicts Whitt Drug Trafficker

November 16, 2021 DALLAS – A longtime drug dealer has been convicted of drug and gun crimes, announced DEA Special Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chávez. Following a two-day trial, a federal jury convicted Jerome Thomas Watkins, 44, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine, and heroin; possession with…

Federal Judge Sentences Methamphetamine Trafficker to More than 17 Years in Prison

November 16, 2021 CHARLOTTE, N.C. – James Kristoffer Cantley, 39, formerly of Newton, N.C., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell to 210 months in prison and five years of supervised release for trafficking methamphetamine, announced William T. Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. In…

Colombian National Convicted After Attempting to Buy 20 Kilos of Cocaine

November 16, 2021 BOSTON – A Colombian national, recently residing in Revere, was convicted by a federal jury today in connection with attempting to purchase 20 kilograms of cocaine from undercover agents. Jesus Arley Munera-Gomez, 35, was convicted following a week-long trial of one count of attempt to possess with intent to distribute…

Narcotics Trafficker Extradited from Colombia to Face International Cocaine Distribution Charges

November 15, 2021 BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Fabian Emilio Zapata Taborda, also known as “Milo” and “Milito,” was arraigned today before United States District Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn on an indictment charging him with leading an international cocaine distribution conspiracy. The defendant, a Colombian citizen, was arrested in…

Georgia Man Arrested For Allegedly Selling Guns and Cocaine to Undercover Officer

November 15, 2021 NEW YORK — A three-month investigation disrupted a Georgia-to-New York gun trafficking pipeline and resulted in the seizure of 25 guns, including five assault weapons. The guns and a quantity of cocaine were sold to an undercover officer. Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s…

Santa Barbara Methamphetamine Distributor Sentenced to 180 Months in Prison

November 12, 2021 LOS ANGELES —The culmination of a three-month investigation resulted in a Santa Barbara methamphetamine distributor being sentenced on November 8, 2021 to 180 months in federal prison for narcotics violations. Cesar Castillo-Pena, 35, of San Bernardino, California, was sentenced by United States District Judge R. Gary Klausner. On July 28…

St. Louis Man Sentenced to 12+ Years for Meth Trafficking

November 12, 2021 EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Lamondra Beckley, 43, of St. Louis, was sentenced to 147 months in prison on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, in federal court in East St. Louis, Illinois. Beckley had previously pled guilty in federal court to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one…

Nine Indicted in Counterfeit Promethazine-Codeine Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

November 12, 2021 BEAUMONT, Texas – A federal grand jury in Beaumont has returned a three-count indictment charging nine individuals in drug trafficking conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, Houston Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei today. The…

Mexican National Extradited from Brazil

November 12, 2021 Washington, D.C. – A Mexican national was extradited from Brazil to the United States on Nov. 10 to face international drug trafficking charges. Jose Gonzalez-Valencia, aka Jafett Arias-Becerra, aka La Chepa, aka Camaron, and aka Santy, 46, arrived in the United States on Wednesday and made his initial court appearance…

Arizona Man Agrees to Plead Guilty to Distributing Fentanyl

November 11, 2021 LOS ANGELES – An Arizona man has agreed to plead guilty to a federal criminal charge for supplying counterfeit pharmaceutical pills containing fentanyl to the drug dealer accused of selling them to rapper Mac Miller, who soon afterward suffered a fatal overdose, the Justice Department announced today. Ryan Michael Reavis…

Angel Dominguez Ramirez Jr. Admits to Leading Vast Drug-Smuggling, Money Laundering Empire

November 10, 2021 SAN DIEGO – Angel Dominguez Ramirez Jr. of Tamaulipas, Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court today to drug and money laundering charges, admitting that he was the leader of a trafficking organization that transported ton-quantities of cocaine from South America to Mexico and into the United States. According to court…

Man Sentenced for Fentanyl and Cocaine Conspiracy

November 10, 2021 BOSTON – A Quincy man was sentenced yesterday for his involvement in a drug conspiracy involving fentanyl and cocaine. Tre Fernandes, a/k/a “OZ” or “OC,” 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to three months in prison, nine months of home confinement and three…

Wisconsin Man Sentenced to 70 Months for Trafficking Methamphetamine

November 10, 2021 MADISON, Wis. – John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and Timothy M. O’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jerry Scheerer, 38, of Mauston, Wisconsin, today pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine and was sentenced by Chief U.S…

Two Fresno County Residents Indicted for Dealing Fentanyl

November 10, 2021 FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned two indictments today, charging two Fresno County men with possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute it, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. In addition to being charged with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, Uriel Diaz-Santos, 19, of Fresno, was…

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Distributing Opioids at His Pain Management Clinic

November 10, 2021 MIAMI – A Florida man pleaded guilty yesterday to unlawfully distributing opioids at his pain management clinic in Miami, Florida. According to court documents, Habib Geagea Palacios, 40, of Miami, owned a cash-only pain management clinic in Miami, Florida named General Care Center, Inc. At General Care Center, Palacios paid…

$2.1 Million in Meth Proceeds Results in Guilty Verdicts

November 10, 2021 KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two Mexican nationals have been convicted by a federal trial jury for their roles in a $2.1 million conspiracy to distribute over 100 kilograms of methamphetamine in the Kansas City metropolitan area and in northwest Missouri. Juan Guzman, also known as “Flaco,” 40, of Kansas City…

Nine Defendants Indicted in Burke County Drug Trafficking Investigation

November 10, 2021 AUGUSTA, GA – Eight men and one woman have been named in a newly unsealed federal indictment for taking part in a major drug trafficking conspiracy that funneled cocaine and other drugs from Atlanta to the Waynesboro, Ga., area. The indictment in USA v. Rhaney et al, dubbed Operation Washout…

Final Defendant Sentenced in Conspiracy that Shipped Cocaine from California to Savannah

November 10, 2021 SAVANNAH, GA: The last of four defendants has been sentenced to federal prison in a drug trafficking conspiracy that shipped cocaine and cash from coast to coast. Kevin Chelsea, 39, of Las Vegas, was sentenced to 37 months in prison after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to…

Drug Network Supplier Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

November 10, 2021 CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The supplier of a local drug network has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, announced William T. Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Matthew Wondra, 34, of Murphy, N.C., was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release after he…

Indiana Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Charges

November 10, 2021 FORT WAYNE, Indiana – Alfred A. Cooke, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of United States Drug Enforcement Administration-Merrillville, Indiana, and United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson of the Northern District of Indiana, announced that Fredrick Morgan II, 42, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Holly…

Pharmacist Found Guilty of Illegally Dispensing and Distributing Controlled Substances

November 10, 2021 ATLANTA – Thomas Ukoshovbera A. Gbenedio has been convicted by a federal jury of illegally dispensing and distributing controlled substances from his pharmacy. “Removing and ultimately eliminating healthcare providers who unlawfully dispense pharmaceutical products for non-medical reasons is an important part of DEA’s mission,” said Special Agent in Charge of…

Spokane Naturopath Agrees To Pay $47,700 Civil Penalty

November 10, 2021 SPOKANE, Washington – Christopher M. Valley, N.D., a Spokane-based naturopathic doctor, has agreed to pay $47,700 to resolve allegations under the Controlled Substances Act that he improperly prescribed controlled substances between December 2015 and December 2020. The Controlled Substances Act regulates certain drugs deemed to pose a risk of abuse…

DEA Honors Millions of U.S. Veterans

November 10, 2021 This Veterans Day, we honor the millions of U.S. veterans for relentlessly defending our Nation’s ideals. The Drug Enforcement Administration is proud to have nearly 2,000 veterans serving in DEA, who bring unique military expertise to advance our mission to keep American communities safe and healthy. To all U.S. veterans…

Grand Jury Indicts St. Louis Man and Others in International Drug Ring

November 09, 2021 ST. LOUIS – A federal grand jury indicted Derek Rockette of St. Louis for charges that include conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and fentanyl. The indictment also alleges in a money laundering conspiracy charge that Rockette, Norma Corina Armenta-Lizarraga, Jian Zhong Fang, Yuede…

Father, Son and Four Others Indicted by Grand Jury in Fentanyl and Cocaine Conspiracy

November 09, 2021 ST. LOUIS – A federal grand jury indicted Gregory Dixson, Jr., Gregory Dixson III, Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Carlos Gonzalez, Quintin D. Adkins and Ruben Sanchez Blanco to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and fentanyl. The indictment alleges that in 2015 all but Blanco conspired to…

Federal Law Enforcement in Chicago Seize Private Plane and 100 Kilograms of Cocaine

November 08, 2021 CHICAGO — Robert J. Bell, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Chicago Division, and John R. Lausch, Jr., U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois announced the arrests of three individuals on federal charges as part of an investigation that disrupted a suspected Mexico-to-Chicago…

Over 25 Pounds of Alleged Heroin and Three Guns Seized from Stash Apartment

November 08, 2021 NEW YORK – A months-long investigation culminated in the seizure of approximately 13 kilograms of alleged heroin (28 pounds), three guns and ammunition from an apartment used as a drug stash house in the North Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx. Two individuals were apprehended after initially evading arrest. The heroin…

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DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Brings in nearly 745,000 Pounds of Unneeded Medications, Continues Fight against Opioid Epidemic

November 05, 2021 MIAMI – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with its law enforcement partners, has removed close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets across the country as part of DEA’s ongoing commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Following last month’s 21st National Prescription Drug…

Chicago Drug Trafficking Leader Sentenced to 20 Years

November 05, 2021 CHICAGO — Robert J. Bell, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Chicago Division, U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch, Jr. of the Northern District of Illinois, and Chicago Police Department Superintendent David O. Brown today announced that the leader of a drug trafficking organization has been sentenced…

Federal Jury Convicts Idaho Falls Man for Trafficking Methamphetamine

November 04, 2021 POCATELLO – A federal jury sitting in Pocatello convicted an Idaho Falls man of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, attempted possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and deported alien found in the United States. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, on September 26, 2017, Jose Luis Cruz-Delgado…

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Brings in nearly 745,000 Pounds of Unneeded Medications, Continues Fight against Opioid Epidemic

November 04, 2021 CHICAGO – The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with its law enforcement partners, has removed close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets across the country as part of DEA’s ongoing commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Following last month’s 21st National Prescription Drug Take…

Atlantic City Woman Found Guilty of Drug Distribution Offenses

November 04, 2021 CAMDEN, 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 an Atlantic City, New Jersey, woman was convicted today of multiple drug distribution offenses. Rajeri Curry, 32, was…

Five Individuals Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Conspiracy

November 04, 2021 HOUSTON – A fifth individual has surrendered to authorities in relation to a multi-year, multi-million dollar money laundering conspiracy, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux and Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Michael Dean Richards, 33, Frisco, is expected to appear for his initial…

Woman Admits Role in Drug Conspiracy and Distribution of Fentanyl

November 03, 2021 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, woman today admitted participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl. Nysifah…

Dark Web Narcotics Trafficker Sentenced to 96 Months in Prison

November 03, 2021 BROOKLYN, NY – Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Joanna De Alba was sentenced by United States District Judge Dora L. Irizarry to 96 months in prison for distributing, and possessing with intent to distribute, illegal drugs over the “dark web.” De Alba distributed an array of illegal…

MS-13 Honduras Leader and Drug Supplier Charged

November 03, 2021 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John J. Durham, Director of Joint Task Force Vulcan (“JTFV”), Anne Milgram, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), Jay Greenberg, Acting Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division of the Federal Bureau of…

Sixteen indicted in multi-state drug distribution ring

November 02, 2021 Seattle – A series of arrests over the last ten days has disrupted a multi-state methamphetamine and fentanyl distribution ring. The drugs were coming up from California and were being distributed in King, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Mason and Kitsap counties. The 18-month investigation revealed the drug trafficking organization was also…

Coordinated Law Enforcement Operations Lead to Takedown of Portland-Area Transnational Drug Trafficking Cells

November 02, 2021 PORTLAND, Ore.—In August and October 2021, coordinated law enforcement operations targeting two Portland-area transnational drug trafficking cells led to the arrests of the cells’ leaders and more than a dozen associates, and the seizure of approximately 200,000 counterfeit oxycodone pills suspected to contain fentanyl, two pounds of fentanyl powder, 40…

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Brings in nearly 745,000 Pounds of Unneeded Medications

November 02, 2021 SEATTLE – The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with its law enforcement partners, has removed close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets across the country as part of DEA’s ongoing commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Following last month’s 21st National Prescription Drug Take…

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Brings in nearly 745,000 Pounds of Unneeded Medications, Continues Fight against Opioid Epidemic

November 02, 2021 ATLANTA – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with its law enforcement and community partners, has removed close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets across the country as part of DEA’s ongoing commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Following last month’s 21st National…

Colombian Drug Kingpin and Paramilitary Leader Pleads Guilty

November 02, 2021 NEW YORK – Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Daniel Rendon Herrera, also known as “Don Mario,” a citizen of Colombia, pleaded guilty to engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise and conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. The proceeding took place before United States…

Cocaine Trafficker Returns to Prison for 10 More Years

November 02, 2021 CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 41-year-old convicted felon will be returning to federal prison for his role in a 17-kilogram cocaine trafficking conspiracy, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux and Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Marcus Donell Hollowell aka « Red » pleaded guilty August…

Red Ribbon Week Education Reaches Thousands Across the Midwest

November 02, 2021 OMAHA, Neb. — Investigators with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Omaha Division reached thousands of individuals with messages of drug prevention and safety during annual Red Ribbon Week celebrations that began October 23. In addition to in-person presentations, 15 landmarks across the five-state division were lit with red lights, three…

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Brings in nearly 745,000 Pounds of Unneeded Medications, Continues Fight against Opioid Epidemic

November 02, 2021 NEWARK, N.J. – The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with its law enforcement partners, has removed close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets across the country as part of DEA’s ongoing commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Following last month’s 21st National Prescription Drug…

DEA Announces 34,150 Pounds of Prescription Drugs Collected During October 23 Take Back Event

November 02, 2021 PHILADELPHIA – Acting Special Agent in Charge Thomas Hodnett of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Philadelphia Field Division announced today that approximately 34,150 pounds of prescription drugs were collected across Pennsylvania and Delaware by the DEA and its partners during the Prescription Drug Take Back Day event on October 23…

Over One Ton of Cocaine Destined for the Northeast Seized

November 02, 2021 NEW YORK CITY – Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Thomas A. Gleason, Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety announced that Jorge…

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Brings in nearly 745,000 Pounds of Unneeded Medications

November 01, 2021 ST. LOUIS – The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with its law enforcement partners, has removed close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets across the country as part of DEA’s ongoing commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Following last month’s 21st National Prescription Drug…

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Brings in 745,000 Pounds of Unneeded Medications, Continues Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

November 01, 2021 Washington, D.C., – The DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, removed close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets across the country this past Saturday, October 23rd, as part of DEA’s ongoing commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Following last month’s 21st National…

Federal Court Orders Tampa Pharmacy to Close in Case Alleging Unlawful Opioid Distribution

November 01, 2021 MIAMI – A federal court in Florida ordered a Tampa-area pharmacy shut down and prohibited two of its employees from ever owning, managing or operating any business where controlled substances are dispensed. Pursuant to an agreed consent judgment and permanent injunction filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District…

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Brings in nearly 745,000 Pounds of Unneeded Medications

November 01, 2021 PHOENIX – The DEA Phoenix Field Division, along with our law enforcement and community partners collected 9,032 pounds of unneeded prescription medications throughout the State of Arizona, as part of DEA’s on-going commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Nationwide, close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions…

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Brings in nearly 745,000 Pounds of Unneeded Medications, Continues Fight against Opioid Epidemic

November 01, 2021 EL PASO – The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with its law enforcement partners, has removed close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets across the country as part of DEA’s ongoing commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Following last month’s 21st National Prescription Drug…

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Brings in nearly 745,000 Pounds of Unneeded Medications, Continues Fight against Opioid Epidemic

November 01, 2021 SAN DIEGO – The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with its law enforcement partners, has removed close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets across the country as part of DEA’s ongoing commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Following last month’s 21st National Prescription Drug…

Man Indicted for Taking Controlled Substances from Kansas Hospital

November 01, 2021 KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A federal grand jury in Kansas returned an indictment charging an Overland Park, Kansas, man on two counts of tampering with a consumer product, one count of possession of fentanyl by deception and subterfuge, and one count of possession of hydromorphone by deception and subterfuge. According…

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Brings in nearly 745,000 Pounds of Unneeded Medications, Continues Fight against Opioid Epidemic

November 01, 2021 DALLAS – The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with its law enforcement partners, has removed close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets across the country as part of DEA’s ongoing commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Following last month’s 21st National Prescription Drug Take…

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Brings in Nearly 745,000 Pounds of Unneeded Medications, Continues Fight against Opioid Epidemic

November 01, 2021 LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with its law enforcement partners, has removed close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets across the country as part of DEA’s ongoing commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Following last month’s 21st National Prescription Drug…

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Brings in nearly 745,000 Pounds of Unneeded Medications, Continues Fight against Opioid Epidemic

November 01, 2021 NEW ORLEANS – The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with its law enforcement partners, has removed close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets across the country as part of DEA’s ongoing commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Following last month’s 21st National Prescription Drug…

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Brings in nearly 745,000 Pounds of Unneeded Medications, Continues Fight against Opioid Epidemic

November 01, 2021 HOUSTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with its law enforcement partners, has removed close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets across the country as part of DEA’s ongoing commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Following last month’s 21st National Prescription Drug Take…

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Brings in nearly 745,000 Pounds of Unneeded Medications

November 01, 2021 WASHINGTON, DC – The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with its law enforcement partners, has removed close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets across the country as part of DEA’s ongoing commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Following last month’s 21st National Prescription Drug…

Central Florida Law Enforcement Warns of THC-Laced Edibles that Resemble Common Snack Foods

October 29, 2021 ORLANDO, Fla. – With Halloween right around the corner, law enforcement officials are urging parents to check their children’s candy. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Orlando District Office has issued a warning to the public about products that look identical to common snack foods and candy, but actually contain high…

St. Petersburg Man Sentenced to More Than 17 Years

October 28, 2021 TAMPA, Fla. –Ahmad Rashad Weston, aka “Blood,” 42, of St. Petersburg, was sentenced to 17 years and 6 months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute 100 grams or more of a drug mixture containing heroin and fentanyl, as well as 500 grams or more of cocaine. Weston pleaded guilty…

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Twelve, Including MS-13 Gang Members Arrested for Alleged Drug Trafficking

October 28, 2021 HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division (NYD), Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini, and Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) Acting Commissioner Stuart Cameron announced today the arrest of 12 individuals, including several MS-13 gang members and associates, for…

Twenty Seven Arrested in the Rio Grande Valley on Drug Charges

October 28, 2021 MCALLEN, TEXAS –Twenty seven defendants were arrested from the Rio Grande Valley region on state charges related to trafficking fake counterfeit pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine in addition to various drug offenses. The arrests were announced by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Houston Division, Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux…

Honduran National Charged with Transnational Cocaine Trafficking and Money Laundering Extradited to the United States

October 28, 2021 MIAMI – Fredy Donaldo Marmol Vallejo (Marmol), 40, will make his initial appearance in federal court in Miami, Florida today after being extradited from Honduras, his country of origin. An indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Florida charges Marmol with conspiring to traffic narcotics…

California Man Indicted for Possessing Nearly Eight Pounds of Fentanyl Aboard Kansas City Bus

October 27, 2021 KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A San Diego, California, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury after smuggling nearly eight pounds of fentanyl aboard a bus traveling through Kansas City, Missouri. Jonatan Gutierrez, 28, was charged with possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute, in an indictment returned by…

Five Charged in Sophisticated Scheme to Mail Cocaine from Puerto Rico New York City inside Children’s Lunchboxes

October 27, 2021 NEW YORK CITY – An indictment filed by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor charges five individuals in a sophisticated conspiracy to smuggle millions of dollars in cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York and Massachusetts via the U.S. Postal Service. Intercepted packages contained a total of 30 kilograms…

Two Passaic County Men Plead Guilty to Illegal Money Transmitting Scheme

October 26, 2021 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 two Passaic County men admitted their roles in an illegal money transmitting business. Erickson Checo-Almonte, 31 of Passaic…

Two Mexican Cartel Members Found Guilty of Violating RICO Statute

October 26, 2021 EL PASO – A federal jury convicted two Sinaloa Cartel members on Friday for their roles in the Sinaloa Cartel’s narcotics distribution operations. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Arturo Shows Urquidi, aka “Chous,” 50, of Juarez, Mexico and Mario Iglesias-Villegas, aka “Dos,” “El 2,” “Delta,” “Parka,”…

Department of Justice Announces Results of Operation Dark HunTor

October 26, 2021 WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Justice, through the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (JCODE) team, joined Europol to announce the results of Operation Dark HunTor, a coordinated international effort on three continents to disrupt opioid trafficking on the Darknet. The operation, which was conducted across the United States…

Washington Man Sentenced to 78 Months in Federal Prison

October 26, 2021 SPOKANE – Vanessa R. Waldref, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that David Barnes Nay, age 42, of Prosser, Washington, was sentenced on October 20, 2021, after having pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute eight controlled substances…

Passaic County Man Sentenced to Five Years for Participating in Drug Conspiracy

October 26, 2021 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 60 months in prison for conspiring to distribute…

Washington Man Sentenced to 78 Months in Federal Prison

October 26, 2021 SPOKANE – Vanessa R. Waldref, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that David Barnes Nay, age 42, of Prosser, Washington, was sentenced on October 20, 2021, after having pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute eight controlled substances…

Passaic County Man Sentenced to Five Years for Participating in Drug Conspiracy

October 26, 2021 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 60 months in prison for conspiring to distribute…

DEA Announces Foreign Operations Review Team

October 26, 2021 WASHINGTON – In August, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced a comprehensive review of DEA’s foreign operations strategy to assess effectiveness, strengths, and areas for improvement. DEA announced today that former DEA Administrator Jack Lawn and Boyd Johnson, of WilmerHale, will lead the team conducting this independent review. Jack Lawn is…

DEA Kicks Off Annual Red Ribbon Campaign

October 25, 2021 WASHINGTON – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration kicked off its annual Red Ribbon Campaign, the nation’s largest drug prevention effort, on October 23. “Learning about the dangers of drugs, and talking about this with family and friends, reduces drug use, drug misuse, and addiction—especially for young people,” said DEA…

Agents Arrest 17 People in Large-Scale, Multi-State Drug Trafficking Ring

October 22, 2021 ST. LOUIS – This week the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service arrested 17 people in Missouri, Arizona, California, and Mexico linked to an organized multi-state drug trafficking conspiracy. According to the previously sealed 16 count indictment returned on October 13, 2021, this was a…

Landmarks Across Five State DEA Division Light Red for Red Ribbon Week

October 22, 2021 OMAHA, Neb.– The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is kicking off Red Ribbon Week, Saturday, October 23, with 15 landmarks across the five state Omaha Division lighting up red to recognize the nation’s oldest and largest drug misuse prevention awareness program. Red Ribbon Week began following the death of DEA Special…

Reward for Information to Bring Colombian Money Launderer to Justice

October 22, 2021 MIAMI – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Department of State today announced a new reward for information that will lead to the location, arrest, and/or conviction of Colombian national Alvaro Pulido Vargas. A reward of up to $10 million dollars is being offered through the U.S…

DEA Washington Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 22, 2021 Washington, D.C., – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Washington Division will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, this Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. For more…

Five Individuals Charged with Money Laundering in Connection with Alleged Venezuela Bribery Scheme

October 21, 2021 MIAMI– A federal grand jury in the Southern District of Florida returned an indictment on Oct. 7, 2021, which was unsealed today, charging three Colombian nationals and two Venezuelan nationals for their alleged roles in laundering the proceeds of contracts to provide food and medicine to Venezuela that were obtained…

Three Men Charged Following Seizure of Over 221 Kilograms of Methamphetamine

October 21, 2021 ATLANTA – Jaime Cruz Duarte, Rito Armando Torres Gutierrez, and Antonio Penaloza Torres have been charged with federal offenses including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. “This seizure and the…

Cocaine Supplier, Codefendant Sentenced to Federal Prison in Richmond County Narcotics Conspiracy

October 21, 2021 AUGUSTA, Ga. — The man who supplied cocaine for a major Richmond County drug trafficking operation, and another man who admitted to a firearms offense related to the operation, have been sentenced to federal prison. Mario Hubbard, 45, of Smyrna, Ga., was sentenced to 151 months in prison, fined $35,000…

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DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 21, 2021 DALLAS– The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. According to a report published by the…

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 20, 2021 NEWARK, N.J. – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. According to a report published…

Rome-Area Drug Traffickers Sentenced for Distributing Deadly Opioids that Killed Victims

October 20, 2021 ROME, Ga. – Shane Terhune has been sentenced for selling heroin to a young couple in July 2018, having admitted that his act of distribution resulted in the overdose death of the woman. This sentence follows the August 2021 sentencing of Cornelius Brown, who received a five-year term of imprisonment…

DEA to Hold 21st Take Back Event on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

October 20, 2021 PHILADELPHIA – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. According to a report published by…

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 20, 2021 ATLANTA – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. The Atlanta Field Division, which covers…

Drug Trafficker Gets 10 Years in Prison for $2,800 of Meth

October 20, 2021 EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Deonta J. Thomas, 29, of Collinsville, Illinois, was sentenced in federal court in East St. Louis Oct. 18 to 10 years imprisonment for distribution of methamphetamine. Thomas pled guilty to this offense on May 20, 2021. As part of his guilty plea, Thomas acknowledged that…

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 20, 2021 OMAHA, Neb. – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. According to a report published…

Wisconsin Man Sentenced to Six Years for Methamphetamine Charge

October 20, 2021 MADISON, Wis. – John G. McGarry, the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and Timothy M. O’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Doua Moua, 37, from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley…

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 20, 2021 CHICAGO – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. According to a report published by…

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 20, 2021 NEW ORLEANS – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. According to a report published…

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 20, 2021 PHOENIX – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. Last April, residents of Arizona turned…

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 19, 2021 SEATTLE – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. This Saturday, is another opportunity for…

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 19, 2021 HOUSTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. According to a report published by…

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 19, 2021 MIAMI – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 200 collection sites located throughout the State of Florida. Please visit…

Violent Guatemalan Drug Lord Receives Life Sentence in EDTX

October 19, 2021 SHERMAN, Texas – A Guatemalan national who operated an international drug trafficking ring received a life sentence, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei. Wilson Wilfredo Luargas-Garcia, a/k/a “Primazo,” 44, was convicted on Sep. 18, 2019 to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine for distribution…

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 19, 2021 WASHINGTON, DC – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. According to a report published…

Colombian Businessman Charged with Money Laundering Extradited to the United States from Cabo Verde

October 19, 2021 Miami, Florida – Alex Nain Saab Moran (Saab), 49, a Colombian citizen, will make his initial appearance in federal court in Miami, Florida, today after being extradited from the Republic of Cabo Verde. Saab is charged in an indictment with laundering the proceeds of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices…

New Jersey Men Indicted in Cocaine Conspiracy

October 19, 2021 ALBANY, NY – Richard “Richie” Sinde, age 56, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, and Robert “Bobby” Ingrao, age 74, of Lodi, New Jersey, were indicted last month for trafficking 9 kilograms of cocaine. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Ray Donovan, Special Agent in…

Texas Physician Found Guilty for Unlawfully Prescribing Over 1.3 Million Doses of Opioids

October 18, 2021 HOUSTON – A federal jury convicted a Houston-area physician for unlawfully prescribing more than 1.3 million doses of opioids. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Parvez Qureshi, 56, of Houston, Texas, a medical doctor, conspired to and did unlawfully prescribe controlled substances from 2014 through February 2016…

Iconic Chicago Buildings to Light Up Red for DEA’s Red Ribbon Week

October 18, 2021 CHICAGO – As part of a pledge to live drug free, several iconic buildings visible along the Chicago skyline, including Willis Tower, Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower, Prudential Plaza and 875 North Michigan will illuminate red lighting and display messaging in support of Red Ribbon Week on Saturday, Oct. 23…

Mt. Vernon, Washington man sentenced to 8+ years in prison for dealing deadly fentanyl

October 15, 2021 Seattle – A 22-year-old Mount Vernon, Washington, man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 100 months in prison and 4 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas W. Brown. Defendant Jiovanni Nunez supplied counterfeit oxycodone pills tainted with fentanyl to…

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Prolific Spokane Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison and Ordered to Forfeit His Residence

October 15, 2021 Spokane – Helmut Ewe Borchert, age 62, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced today after having pleaded guilty on July 15, 2021, to Possession with Intent to Distribute 500 Grams or More of a Mixture or Substance Containing a Detectable Amount of Methamphetamine. United States District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced…

Colombian Cartel Member Receives a 27 Year Sentence for Importing Cocaine into the United States

October 14, 2021 DALLAS – A Colombian man was sentenced to nearly three decades in federal prison for drug trafficking violations. Manuel Camilo Renteria Lemus, 37, pleaded guilty on Nov. 16, 2020, to conspiracy to manufacture and distribution of cocaine, knowing it would be imported into the United States. Lemus was sentenced to…

National Leader of Pagan’s Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Sentenced

October 14, 2021 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 Suffolk County, New York, man was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for illegally possessing a…

Jefferson County Man Pleads Guilty in Multi-State Meth Distribution Network

October 13, 2021 ST. LOUIS – Kevin Karll of Jefferson County, Missouri, pleaded guilty today for the crimes of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for Jan. 11, 2022. Kevin Karll is the first defendant to plead guilty in a multi-defendant conspiracy to distribute…

Fentanyl Dealer Pleads Guilty in Case that Caused Death

October 13, 2021 ST. LOUIS – Keith A. Kos, Jr., of St. Charles, Missouri, pled guilty yesterday for the crimes of distribution of fentanyl and methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Sentencing is set for January 18, 2022. According to…

Cape Coral Fentanyl Dealer Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

October 13, 2021 FORT MYERS, Fla. – David Levon Massey (32, Cape Coral) was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute. Massey had pleaded guilty on July 7, 2021. According to court documents, in February 2020, Massey was released from federal prison after serving more…

West Plains Man Sentenced for Meth Conspiracy

October 13, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A West Plains, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Howell, Greene, and Texas counties. Jose I. Gonzales, 39, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 10 years in federal prison without parole…

Iranian National Arrested

October 13, 2021 WASHINGTON – DEA Administrator Anne Milgram and United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams announced yesterday the arrest of Malek Mohammad Balouchzehi, aka “Malek Khan,” for conspiring to import heroin into the United States and distributing heroin for importation into the United States. Balouchzehi, a…

Two Individuals Sentenced in Methamphetamine and Fentanyl Distribution Case

October 12, 2021 BOISE – A Boise man and an Arizona man were sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy and for possessing methamphetamine and fentanyl with the intent to distribute it to others. Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye sentenced Derek J. Tuschoff, 36, of Boise, to seven years imprisonment and Robert…

Nampa Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Methamphetamine

October 12, 2021 BOISE – A Nampa man pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine. According to court records, Allen Eugene McLean, 20, of Nampa, sold another person methamphetamine on two different occasions. On June 23, 2020, McLean sold 4.5 grams of methamphetamine and on August 13, 2020, he sold 26.7 grams of methamphetamine…

Lubbock Drug Traffickers Sentenced to Combined 106 Years in Federal Prison

October 12, 2021 LUBBOCK, TX – A dozen Lubbock drug traffickers have been sentenced to a combined 106 years in federal prison. The defendants were arrested during a DEA operation called Los Perros De Nieve (“Operation Snow Dogs”), which also resulted in the seizure of multiple kilograms of cocaine, more than a dozen…

Meth Dealer Twice Arrested for Meth Possession Gets 6 Years

October 12, 2021 CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Tori R. Carlisle, 43, was sentenced today to serve six years in federal prison following her guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. According to court documents, law enforcement officers arrested Carlisle at a truck stop in New Madrid County on July 25, 2020…

Four Drug Traffickers Sentenced to Total of 35+ Years for Meth Trafficking

October 12, 2021 KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Four people received prison sentences following convictions in relation to a drug trafficking ring that operated for years in the Kansas City metropolitan area. According to court documents, the Jackson County Drug Task Force began an undercover operation in 2016 surrounding a drug trafficking ring. The…

Red Ribbon Week Proclamation Promotes Drug Education in Iowa

October 12, 2021 OMAHA, Neb.– Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation declaring October 23-31, Red Ribbon Week across the state, urging citizens to take note of the observance by committing to healthy drug-free lifestyles and participating in drug prevention activities. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Omaha Division partnered with Iowa’s Office of…

Seven Defendants Arrested in Joint State/Federal Investigation into Myrtle Beach Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

October 12, 2021 MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA- Acting United States Attorney M. Rhett Dehart announced today that a joint team of dozens of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), arrested seven individuals who have been indicted in federal court and face charges related to…

Joint Law Enforcement Investigation Leads to Indictment of 25 Defendants on Federal Drug & Gun Charges

October 12, 2021 ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Acting U.S. Attorney William T. Stetzer announced today that a multi-agency investigation into methamphetamine trafficking and illegal firearm possession in Western North Carolina has led to federal drug and gun charges filed against 25 individuals. On Sunday, August 15, 2021, teams of federal, state and local law…

Drug Trafficker Involved in Night Club Shoot Out Sentenced

October 12, 2021 NEW BERN, N.C. – DiTwan Davis, 26, of Goldsboro North Carolina, was sentenced on August 12, 2021 to 118 months in prison for Possession of a firearm by a Convicted Felon and Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute a quantity of methamphetamine. According to court documents…

N.C. Woman Sentenced to 10 Years for Trafficking Meth, Fentanyl and Other Narcotics

October 12, 2021 CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, Chief U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Lillian Elaine Brady, 53, Cherokee, N.C., to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release for trafficking methamphetamine, fentanyl and other narcotics, announced William T. Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Robert…

Craven County Armed Drug Dealer Sentenced in Excess of 28 Years

October 12, 2021 NEW BERN, N.C. –A Dover man was sentenced today to 340 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and a quantity of cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and a quantity…

Career Offender Sentenced to 17 Years on Drug Charges

October 12, 2021 ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Chief U. S. District Judge Martin Reidinger handed down a lengthy sentence today to a Hendersonville, N.C., man convicted of trafficking cocaine, fentanyl, prescription pills and other narcotics in and around Henderson County, announced Acting U.S. Attorney William T. Stetzer. On December 9, 2020, Butler pleaded guilty…

Long Island Doctor Convicted of Illegal Distribution of Oxycodone

October 07, 2021 CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – A federal jury in Central Islip returned a guilty verdict this afternoon against Frank Parasmo, a medical doctor with an office in Deer Park, on 31 counts of unlawfully distributing oxycodone, a highly addictive prescription painkiller, and one count of unlawfully distributing hydrocodone, all without a…

Former Long Island Doctor Sentenced for Conspiring to Illegally Distribute Oxycodone

October 07, 2021 CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, Tameshwar Ammar, a former medical doctor in Roslyn, New York, was sentenced by United States District Judge Denis R. Hurley to five years’ imprisonment for conspiring to illegally distribute oxycodone. In June 2020, Ammar relinquished his license to…

Guilty Plea From Meth Seller with a Gun

October 07, 2021 EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Deandre Young, 42, of Saint Louis, pled guilty to one count of aiding and abetting co-defendant Lamondra Beckley’s possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense on Oct. 7 in federal court…

Lil’ Rob Gets Significant Sentence in Federal Firearms and Drug Trafficking Case

October 07, 2021 CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 36-year-old Corpus Christi gang member with a lengthy criminal history has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of firearms and drug trafficking offenses, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux and Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. A federal…

Meth Distributor Gets 5 Years

October 07, 2021 CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. sentenced Courtney Williams to 60 months in federal prison today for methamphetamine charges. The 46-year-old Portageville, Missouri, resident pleaded guilty in June 2021 to four counts of distribution of methamphetamine. During July, August and September 2018, on four occasions…

Funeral Arrangements for DEA Supervisory Special Agent Michael G. Garbo

October 07, 2021 PHOENIX, Ariz. – A public funeral for Drug Enforcement Administration Supervisory Special Agent Michael G. Garbo will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021, at Calvary Chapel in Tucson. Special Agent Garbo died Monday as a result of injuries sustained during a shooting in downtown Tucson. Friday’s service will honor…

Cumberland County Man Admits Role in Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl

October 06, 2021 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 Cumberland County, New Jersey, man today admitted conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute 400…

Drug Trafficker Sentenced for Meth and Cocaine Conspiracy

October 06, 2021 LAREDO, Texas – A 45-year-old Laredo resident has been ordered to federal prison for his role as a leader-organizer in a meth distribution conspiracy, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux and Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Federico Castanon pleaded guilty June 21. Today, U.S…

Illinois Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Trafficking Heroin

October 06, 2021 CHICAGO – Robert J. Bell, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Chicago Division, and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul today announced that a Belvidere man was sentenced to 16 years in prison for possessing heroin which he intended to sell. William Butler, 66, of Belvidere, Illinois…

Red Ribbon Week Proclamation Promotes Drug Education in Nebraska

October 06, 2021 OMAHA, Neb.– Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Omaha Division Special Agent in Charge Justin C. King stressed the importance of drug education and prevention at a Red Ribbon Week proclamation signing ceremony attended by Nebraska Lt. Governor Mike Foley at the Capitol in Lincoln. Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest…

DEA El Paso and Partners Light Star on the Mountain Red

October 06, 2021 EL PASO – To commemorate Red Ribbon Week, Fire Prevention Week, and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Drug Enforcement Administration El Paso Division, the El Paso Association of Firefighters Local 51, El Paso Electric, Texas Gas Service, YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region, and the El Paso Chamber partnered…

Jury Convicts Leader of Large-Scale Fentanyl Distribution Conspiracy

October 06, 2021 ST. LOUIS – A federal jury returned verdicts of guilty late yesterday against Gerald Hunter, 55, of Los Angeles, for the offenses of conspiracy to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and two counts…

Violent Gang Members, Cartel Conduit Sentenced to Federal Prison for Roles in Major Meth-Trafficking Conspiracy

October 06, 2021 Defendants were indicted as part of Operation Stranded Bandit SAVANNAH, GA – A member of a violent Chicago street gang, two Ghost Face Gangsters and a conduit for Mexican drug cartels have been sentenced to decades in federal prison for their roles in a major drug trafficking conspiracy that funneled…

Seven Defendants Indicted on Federal Charges in Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy

October 06, 2021 STATESBORO, GA – Seven defendants are accused of participating in a major drug trafficking conspiracy in an indictment newly unsealed in U.S. District Court. The investigation in Operation Ace in the Hole II, under the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), targeted the distribution of heroin and fentanyl-tainted heroin…

Macon Jury Convicts Armed Career Criminal on Gun, Heroin, Meth Charges

October 06, 2021 MACON, Ga. – A federal jury convicted a Macon resident with a lengthy criminal history of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and Tramadol, as well as illegally possessing a firearm and possessing a gun in furtherance of drug trafficking this afternoon. Kelvin Henry, 56, of Macon, was found…

Death by Fentanyl Overdose Leads to Indictment of Two Men on Federal Drug Charges

October 06, 2021 SAVANNAH, GA – Two Bryan County men face up to life in prison after another man’s fatal fentanyl overdose. Javarus McKinney, a/k/a “Jody,” 32, of Richmond Hill, Ga., is charged with Distribution of Fentanyl Resulting in Death, Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl…

DEA Administrator Anne Milgram Releases Statement on Tucson Shooting

October 05, 2021 Washington – Yesterday, two DEA Special Agents and a DEA Task Force Officer from the Tucson Police Department were involved in a shooting incident during a law enforcement operation in Tucson, Arizona. The DEA is deeply saddened to report that DEA Group Supervisor Michael G. Garbo died as a result…

Takedown of Lane County Drug Trafficking Cell

October 05, 2021 EUGENE, Ore.—On September 15, 2021, a coordinated law enforcement operation targeting the leader and several associates of a Lane County drug trafficking cell led to the seizure of 384 pounds of methamphetamine, the largest single methamphetamine seizure in Oregon State history and valued at over a million dollars. The operation…

Statement from DEA Administrator Anne Milgram

October 04, 2021 Anne Milgram, Administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration, releases statement following today’s deadly shooting in Tucson, Arizona. “Tragically, this morning, two DEA special agents and a DEA task force officer from the Tucson Police Department were shot during a law enforcement operation in Tucson, Arizona. One DEA special agent died…

Missouri Woman Indicted for Tampering with Hospitals’ Fentanyl

October 04, 2021 KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kansas, returned an indictment charging a nurse from Kansas City, Missouri, with two counts of tampering with a consumer product and two counts of possession of fentanyl by deception and subterfuge. According to court documents, between January 2020 and…

Creve Coeur Pharmacy and Owner to Pay $1.4 Million for Ignoring Signs of Illegal Drug Prescriptions

October 04, 2021 ST. LOUIS – Olive Street Pharmacy, LLC, and pharmacy technician Irina Shlafshteyn, agreed to pay $1,507,808.50 to resolve a civil complaint bringing claims under the False Claims Act and Controlled Substances Act related to the unlawful dispensing of controlled substances, including some that were submitted to Medicaid or Medicare for…

High-Ranking Gang Member gets Substantial Sentence for Drug Trafficking

October 04, 2021 HOUSTON – A 33 year-old Houston man with a lengthy criminal history has been ordered to federal prison after packaging thousands of ecstasy pills for sale, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux and Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Marquese Scott aka Fatboi pleaded guilty…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

October 01, 2021 GREENSBORO – Yesterday, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of the…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

October 01, 2021 RALEIGH – Yesterday, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of the…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

October 01, 2021 CHARLOTTE – Yesterday, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of the…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

October 01, 2021 COLUMBIA – Yesterday, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of the…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

October 01, 2021 ATLANTA – Yesterday, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of the…

Poplar Bluff Man Sentenced for Carrying More Than a Kilo of Fentanyl Aboard Train

October 01, 2021 KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Poplar Bluff, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for smuggling more than a kilogram of fentanyl in his luggage aboard a train that stopped in Kansas City, Mo., from Los Angeles, Calif., bound for St. Louis, Mo. Joseph D. Christie, 43, was sentenced…

Jury Convicts KC Man of Meth Trafficking at Camdenton Hotel

October 01, 2021 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Missouri, man has been convicted by a federal trial jury of possessing methamphetamine to distribute. Anthony Martinez Harris, 48, was found guilty on Wednesday, Sept. 29, of one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. On Sept. 26, 2019, employees at…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

October 01, 2021 NEW ORLEANS – Today, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

October 01, 2021 NEW ORLEANS – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

Two Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Armed Robbery, Other Charges

October 01, 2021 SAVANNAH, GA: Two McIntosh County men indicted as part of a major drug trafficking operation have been sentenced to federal prison for charges including armed robbery. John Hope Jr., 28, of Townsend, Ga., was sentenced to 111 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to…

Indiana Man Sentenced to 13 Years for Methamphetamine Distribution

October 01, 2021 FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Assistant Special Agent in Charge Alfred A. Cooke III, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Merrillville, Indiana, and Acting U.S. Attorney Tina Nommay of the Northern District of Indiana announced that Eric W. Johnson, 40, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

September 30, 2021 MIAMI – Today, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of the…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

September 30, 2021 SAN DIEGO – Today, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

September 30, 2021 NEWARK, N.J. – Today, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

September 30, 2021 CHICAGO – Today, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of the…

Federal Court Jury Convicts New Woodstock Man of Drug Conspiracy

September 30, 2021 SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Ernest Shaw, Sr. of New Woodstock, New York, was convicted yesterday of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute in excess of five kilograms of cocaine, and 28 grams of cocaine base (crack) following a five-day jury trial in United States District Court in Syracuse…

Republic Man Pleads Guilty to Meth Trafficking After High-Speed Chase

September 30, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Republic, Missouri, man who led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase pleaded guilty in federal court today to possessing methamphetamine to distribute. Heath E. Yarger, 49, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to…

DEA Seizes Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

September 30, 2021 WASHINGTON – Today, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of the…

Indiana Man Sentenced To Over 17 Years for Gun and Drug Trafficking Crimes

September 30, 2021 FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Assistant Special Agent in Charge Alfred A. Cooke III, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Merrillville, Indiana, and Acting U.S. Attorney Tina Nommay of the Northern District of Indiana announced that Nathan Wilkes, age 39, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced upon his plea of guilty to possession with…

Long Island Man Sentenced to 13 Years Imprisonment

September 30, 2021 Long Island, NY – Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Ira Hall was sentenced by United States District Judge Joanna Seybert to 13 years’ imprisonment for distributing cocaine and the unlawful use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking in August 2017. When Hall pleaded guilty…

Elmira Methamphetamine Trafficker Going to Prison for More than 19 Years

September 29, 2021 ROCHESTER, 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 Jamal A. Anderson a/k/a Jamel Anderson a/k/a Jemel Jefferson a/k/a James Jefferson a/k/a Mike Jefferson a/k/a Blaze, 40, of Elmira, NY, who was convicted…

Grocery Store Pharmacists Help Put St. Louis Man in Prison

September 28, 2021 ST. LOUIS – Derek J. Petty of St. Louis was sentenced today to a term of 91 months in federal prison. Petty was convicted by a jury in April of one count of conspiracy to obtain a controlled substance by fraud. The evidence presented at trial proved that Petty’s co-conspirator…

Guilty Plea from St. Louis Man who Trafficked Fentanyl

September 28, 2021 ST. LOUIS – Deaunta Miller of St. Louis pleaded guilty today for the crime of knowingly and intentionally possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute. Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration began an investigation into Deaunta Miller’s narcotics trafficking in June of 2020. During their investigation, agents conducted controlled purchases…

Southeastern Connecticut Drug Trafficker, Co-Conspirator Found Guilty

September 28, 2021 Brideport, Conn. – Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, and New London Police Chief Brian Wright, today announced that a federal jury in Bridgeport has found Anthony Whyte, also…

Hartford Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Federal Prison

September 28, 2021 Hartford, Conn. – Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Kendall Jones, also known as “Wolf,” 32, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release…

North Carolina Man sentenced to Federal Prison for Distributing Opioids through the Dark Web

September 28, 2021 SAVANNAH, GA: A North Carolina man who ordered and illegally sold highly addictive opioids through the Dark Web has been sentenced to federal prison. Wesley McKeehan, 34, of Salisbury, N.C., was sentenced to 26 months in prison after pleading guilty to Distribution of Oxycodone, said David H. Estes, Acting U.S…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 28, 2021 Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide surge in counterfeit…

Armed Felon Pleads Guilty for Cocaine Distribution

September 28, 2021 EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Anthony Wisham, 59, of East St. Louis, Illinois, pled guilty to two counts of distribution of fentanyl, one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and one count of felon in possession of a firearm, on Sept. 27, in federal court in East St…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 SEATTLE – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide surge…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 PHOENIX – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide surge…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 ATLANTA, GA – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 Newark, N.J. – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 LOS ANGELES – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 ST. LOUIS – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

DEA Washington Chief Issues Public Safety Alert: Dangerous Increase in Fake Rx Pills Containing Fentanyl

September 27, 2021 Washington, D.C. – Today, Jarod Forget, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Washington Division issued a Public Safety Alert warning Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. residents of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl in our area. This DEA Public Safety Alert…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide surge in counterfeit…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 NEW YORK – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 CHICAGO – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide surge…

Three Individuals Sentenced in Southeast Idaho

September 24, 2021 POCATELLO, Idaho – Jesse Kirby, 45, Trevor Van Horn, 31, and Debra Trujillo, 63, all of Idaho Falls, were sentenced to federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Senior U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced Kirby to 110 months imprisonment, Van Horn to 100 months imprisonment…

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ESPAGNE 🇪🇸 (Algésiras) : saisie de 8.200 kilos de haschich dans un camion à des narcos de Cambados (Galicia)

La DEA est omniprésente en Afrique et en Europe, comme partout ailleurs dans le monde pour « aider » les services des différentes douanes, de la police et des gendarmes.

Pourquoi, alors qu’elle est dans l’incapacité de ralentir le narcotrafic vers le territoire des États-Unis et de faire diminuer la consommation de drogue sur son propre territoire ?

Certainement le partage d’informations récoltées par les innombrables agences dédiées à la lutte contre le narcotrafic.

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Du grand classique dans le détroit de Gibraltar

L’organisation démantelée utilisait un camion qui prenait un ferry entre Tanger et Algésiras.

La « Policia Nacional » espagnole, dans le cadre d’une opération conjointe menée avec la Direction générale de la sûreté nationale (DGSN) du Maroc et la DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) des États-Unis, a démantelé un réseau de trafic de drogues à Algésiras.

Plus de huit tonnes de haschich marocain ont été saisies et cinq personnes dont un Marocain arrêtées lors de l’opération.

Les agents, après avoir identifié le camion, ont mis en place un dispositif au port d’Algésiras afin de connaître la destination de la drogue importée et d’identifier et appréhender les acteurs de ce trafic mené depuis la localité Pontevedra de Cambados (Galice).

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Incautan a unos narcos de Cambados 8.200 kilos de hachís dentro de un camión

Así, y merced a la citada cooperación internacional, la Brigada Central (en concreto, la unidad Greco Galicia con base en Pontevedra) coordinó el operativo de vigilancia que le sirvió para detectar la llegada de un camión cargado de droga por el puerto de Algeciras . Mediante un sigiloso seguimiento, los agentes comprobaron que el vehículo se dirigía a una finca en una zona apartada, donde también se ocultaba una narcolancha. Dos vehículos salieron a su encuentro, uno de los cuales ya había sido detectado horas antes en el puerto controlando la salida de la droga.

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ÉTATS-UNIS 🇺🇸 (DEA) : les dernières ‘Narconews’ au 15 septembre 2021

40 Charged With Gun, Drug Crimes in Lubbock

September 13, 2021
LUBBOCK, TX – Forty defendants – including 15 arrested in Wednesday’s “Operation Taste the Rainbow” in Lubbock – have been charged with gun and drug crimes, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah. The men and women, all allegedly tied to methamphetamine trafficking in and around Lubbock, have been charged in…
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24 Members of Indianapolis Drug Trafficking Ring Sentenced

September 10, 2021
INDIANAPOLIS – Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael Gannon, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Indianapolis, and Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Childress of the Southern District of Indiana announced that a drug trafficking ring consisting of at least 24 people have been sentenced in federal court. The organization operated in and around…
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Wichita Couple Accused of Prescription Fraud

September 10, 2021
WICHITA, Kan. – A federal grand jury in Wichita returned an indictment for two men on charges related to an alleged fraudulent prescription writing scheme. David Sulzman, 59, and Martin Sulzman, 40, both of Wichita, are charged with conspiracy to dispense a controlled substance. According to court documents, between 2014…
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Mississippi Man Sentenced for Smuggling Meth, Heroin Aboard Train

September 09, 2021
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Jonesboro, Mississippi, man was sentenced in federal court today for transporting more than five pounds of methamphetamine and nearly three pounds of heroin through Kansas City, Missouri, enroute to St. Louis. Willie Lewis Braison, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to…
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Highlands County Drug Traffickers Sentenced to Federal Prison

September 09, 2021
MIAMI – Several Highlands County men have been sentenced in South Florida federal district court to prison terms for their roles in a powder and crack cocaine drug trafficking ring that had become entrenched in the Lake Placid neighborhood of Highway Park, Florida. A law enforcement operation handled by the…
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Illinois Ice Meth Dealer Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

September 09, 2021
PEORIA, Ill. – Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Bell, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Chicago Division, and Acting U.S. Attorney Douglas J. Quivey of the Central District of Illinois announced that Harold Shane Koch, 42, of Pekin, Illinois, was sentenced on Sept. 9, 2021, to 20 years in federal prison, to…
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12-Person Cocaine Trafficking Ring Dismantled

September 09, 2021
NEW YORK – Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division and New York Attorney General Letitia James announced today the arrests of 12 individuals for their roles in a drug trafficking operation that transported cocaine from Puerto Rico to Buffalo and other…
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Dark Web Narcotics Traffickers Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Illegal Drugs in Exchange for Cryptocurrency

September 09, 2021
BROOKLYN, NY – Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Gilberto Melgarejo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute illegal drugs over the “dark web.” Co-defendant Brooke Gray pleaded guilty to the same charge on August 10, 2021. Melgarejo and Gray participated in dozens of…
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Homicides in Buffalo Down Over 50% Following Implementation of VIPER

September 09, 2021
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Results of the first 60-days of the federal Violence Prevention and Elimination Response (VIPER) Initiative were announced today. VIPER sought to address the dramatic increase in gun violence in the City of Buffalo during the first half of 2021. The initial 60-day period of VIPER covered the…
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Illinois Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Heroin Distribution Conspiracy

September 09, 2021
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Assistant Special Agent in Charge Alfred A. Cooke III, Drug Enforcement Administration-Merrillville, Indiana, and Acting United States Attorney Tina L. Nommay of the Northern District of Indiana announced that Corey Harris, 26, of Danville, Illinois, was sentenced to 120 months in prison followed by five years…
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Repeat Offender Sentenced to Mandatory Federal Prison Term for Drug Trafficking

September 09, 2021
MIAMI – Clarence G. Kelley, III, a/k/a “Kemp,” 42, of Lake Worth, Florida, was sentenced by a federal district judge in West Palm Beach to a mandatory term of five years in prison for possessing with the intent to distribute more than a kilogram of cocaine. In March 2021, law…
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Charles County Pharmacist and Assistant Arrested

September 08, 2021
Charles County, Md., – On September 3, 2021 members of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Washington Division’s Tactical Diversion Squad along with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office arrested Vincent Ippolito, 62, of Waldorf, and Denise Marie Shifflett, 45, of La Plata, in connection with illegally distributing drugs and narcotics. Ippolito…
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4th of 9 Defendants Sentenced to 15 Years for Meth Conspiracy

September 08, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield, Missouri, woman was sentenced in federal court today for her role in a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine. Cassidy R. Clayton, 25, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole. On Oct. 31, 2019…

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ESTADOS UNIDOS 🇺🇸 (DEA) : desmantelan red de tráfico de cocaína Puerto Rico a Nueva York

El Fiscal General James y la DEA explican que los demandados están acusados ​​de tráfico de cocaína de Puerto Rico al oeste de Nueva York

Autoridades del estado de Nueva York y de la DEA anunciaron hoy el arresto de 12 personas por sus roles en una operación de tráfico de drogas que transportaba cocaína desde Puerto Rico a Buffalo y otras áreas del oeste de Nueva York. 

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ÉTATS-UNIS 🇺🇸 (DEA) : les dernières ‘Narconews’ au 8 septembre 2021

Last Defendant Convicted in Nationwide Synthetic Narcotics Distribution

September 07, 2021
HOUSTON – A 47-year-old man will forfeit three real properties and pay a $5 million money judgement for running a multi-million dollar synthetic narcotics distribution network, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux and Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Daniel Bowles, Phoenix, Arizona, pleaded guilty…
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Medical Doctor Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances

September 03, 2021
SPOKANE, Wash. – On September 2, 2021, Dr. Janet Sue Arnold, age 63, of Benton City, Washington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute opioid pain medications (specifically, fentanyl, oxycodone, methadone, hydromorphone, methylphenidate, and amphetamine mixture) and other controlled substances (carisoprodol and alprazolam), without a…
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San Diego Doctor Pays $200,000 to Resolve Allegations that He Wrote Illegitimate Opioid Prescriptions

September 02, 2021
SAN DIEGO – San Diego area pain clinic doctor Brenton Wynn, M.D., has paid $200,000 to resolve allegations that he illegally prescribed opioids and other dangerous drugs to his patients, according to a settlement agreement signed by Dr. Wynn and the United States. The settlement stems from the United States’…
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Two Residents Plead Guilty to Meth Trafficking

September 02, 2021
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two Columbia, Missouri, residents have pleaded guilty in federal court to methamphetamine trafficking after they received a large package of methamphetamine shipped from California to distribute locally. Bryan Patton Tullous, 39, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps, Jr., to participating in a…
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DEA Reminds Parents to Speak to Their Children About the Dangers of Drug Use

September 01, 2021
NEWARK, N.J. – With schools returning to full in-person classes, the Drug Enforcement Administration New Jersey Division is asking parents to speak to their children about the dangers of drug use. “This is a great time for parents to sit down with their children to speak to them about the…
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Southeast Missouri Health Organization Pays $1.6 Million Settlement for Invalid Prescriptions

September 01, 2021
St. Louis, Mo. – Saint Francis Medical Center of Southeast Missouri has agreed to pay more than $1.6 million to settle a civil suit by the United States, resolving claims under the Controlled Substances Act. The U.S. government alleged that Saint Francis employed a Farmington, Missouri, physician, Brett Dickinson, who…
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Local Man Sentenced for Possession of $5 Million in Meth

September 01, 2021
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 21-year-old Penitas man has been ordered to federal prison for possessing with the intent to distribute 150 pounds of pure meth, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux and Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Kevin Rangel-Sanchez pleaded guilty April 1…
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Wisconsin Man Charged with Drug & Gun Crimes

September 01, 2021
MADISON, Wisc. – Assistant Special Agent in Charge John G. McGarry, Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and Acting U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea, Western District of Wisconsin, announced a nine-count superseding indictment against Andre L. McClinton for drug and gun crimes. The indictment alleges that from September through December 2020, McClinton, 49…
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Meth and a Gun Results in 15 Years of Prison

September 01, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and for illegally possessing a firearm. Maxwell L. Fleming, 25, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole. On…
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Laredo Residents Admit to Weapons Violations

September 01, 2021
LAREDO, Texas – Two men who resided in Laredo, one illegally, have entered guilty pleas to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux and Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Hector Fernando Rodriguez-Neri, 20, is a…
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Woman Sentenced for Smuggling over Five Kilograms of Meth

August 31, 2021
LAREDO, Texas – A 51-year-old resident of Hendersonville, North Carolina, has been ordered to federal prison for importing meth through Laredo, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Deanne Burkhart Bautista pleaded guilty Aug. 4. Today U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo ordered her to serve a 120-month sentence to…
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Albuquerque Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 32 years in Prison

August 31, 2021
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Javier Jaquez, 50, of Albuquerque, was sentenced on Aug. 26 to 32 years in federal prison. On Sept. 18, 2020, Jaquez pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 100 grams and more of heroin, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being…
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Drug Trafficker Sent to Prison for Trafficking Meth via FedEx

August 31, 2021
McALLEN, Texas – A 20-year-old McAllen resident has been ordered to federal prison for his role in a meth conspiracy, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux and Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Jose Edmundo Corona pleaded guilty June 3. Today, U.S. District Judge Randy…
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DEA Washington Division Commemorates International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2021
Washington, D.C., – Today, on International Overdose Awareness Day, the DEA’s Washington Division will take time to honor those lives lost in the overdose epidemic, after a year when, sadly, more people than ever died from drug overdose. The DEA Washington Division, local Health Departments, and law enforcement partners across…
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Ceramic Art Concealed 3.4 Kilograms of Methamphetamine

August 30, 2021
PECOS, Texas – A federal jury convicted a Dallas man last Thursday for possessing methamphetamine. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Oscar Santiago Garcia Sanchez, 32, drove a vehicle with a trailer filled with ceramic art pieces into the Presidio Port of Entry. During inspection, Customs and…
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Drug Trafficker who used Teens as Couriers Sentenced to 85 Months

August 30, 2021
SAN DIEGO – A Tijuana-based drug trafficker who used teens as drug couriers was sentenced in federal court today to seven years in prison and a $50,000 fine for his leadership role in coordinating the movement of large quantities of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine to San Diego from Mexico…
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Two Tacoma men sentenced to prison for gun and drug crimes

August 30, 2021
Tacoma, Wash., – Two Tacoma residents were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to lengthy prison terms for gun and drug-distribution crimes. Tyson Lloyd, 33, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and Cole Hornbeck, 25, was sentenced to 6 years in prison. Both defendants conspired to distribute…
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New Reward Offered for the Capture of Jian Zhang

August 30, 2021
MIAMI, Fla. – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Department of State today announced a new reward for information that will lead to the location, arrest, and/or conviction of People’s Republic of China (PRC) national Jian Zhang, a key leader of a transnational criminal organization known as…
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Guilty Plea for Kansas City Man Involved in Drug Trafficking Ring

August 27, 2021
ST. LOUIS – Joshua Sangrait, of Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, including more than 50 grams of actual methamphetamine. Sangrait appeared today before U.S. District Court Judge John A. Ross. In 2018, the Drug Enforcement Administration began an investigation into the…
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Federal Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in Fatal Fentanyl Overdose Case

August 27, 2021
SAN DIEGO – A federal jury returned a guilty verdict today convicting Jahvaris Lamoun Springfield of selling Brendan James Gallagher fentanyl pills that resulted in Gallagher’s fatal overdose on February 5, 2019. Springfield is scheduled to be sentenced on December 14, 2021, by U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns. The…
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Long Island Dentist Arrested

August 27, 2021
BROOKLYN, NY – An indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Central Islip charging Dr. Barry Arnold, a practicing dentist with an office in Valley Stream, New York, with writing illegal prescriptions to women for oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, and alprazolam (“Xanax”), a Schedule IV controlled substance…
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Career Criminal & Leader of Seattle Drug Distribution Network Sentenced

August 26, 2021
SEATTLE – A 51-year-old Seattle man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 13 years in prison for drug and gun crimes. Clyde McKnight was convicted May 21, 2021, of possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, and two counts of being a felon in possession…
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DEA Announces Review of International Operations

August 26, 2021
WASHINGTON—The Drug Enforcement Administration today announced a comprehensive review of DEA’s international operations and foreign footprint, including administrative and financial support for those operations from DEA headquarters. Administrator Anne Milgram has recommended a top to bottom review of foreign operations that will be overseen by an independent team. As part…
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Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Trafficking

August 26, 2021
ROCHESTER, NY –- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan announced today that Soroush Hamedi, 27, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 40 grams or more of fentanyl, before Chief…
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Foreign National Found Guilty of Smuggling Meth

August 25, 2021
LAREDO, Texas – A Laredo federal jury has convicted a 32-year-old Mexican citizen for conspiracy to import and importation of meth, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux and Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. The jury deliberated for approximately three hours before convicting Juan Victor…
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Leader of Drug Trafficking Organization Headed to Prison

August 24, 2021
HOUSTON – A 47-year-old Mexican citizen has been ordered to federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux and Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Dimas DeLeon Rios pleaded guilty Nov…
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Valley Resident Sentenced for Meth Charges

August 24, 2021
McALLEN, Texas – A 49-year-old Mission resident has been ordered to federal prison for conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of meth, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, Houston Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. The jury deliberated…
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Anaheim Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy

August 24, 2021
FRESNO, Calif. — Jose Reyes-Pineda, 48, of Anaheim, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. According to court documents, Reyes and co-defendants Genaro Serrato-Calles, 51, and Antonio Valencia-Hernandez, 65, both of Modesto, and Antonio Castellanos, 38, of Whittier, were charged with conspiring…
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Madera and Fresno Men Sentenced for Interstate Drug Shipments

August 23, 2021
FRESNO, Calif. — Patrick Maldonado, 45, of Madera, and Elias Zambrano Jr., 41, of Fresno, have been sentenced to eight years in prison and two years and three months in prison, respectively, for an interstate drug conspiracy involving shipments of marijuana to the Midwest, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert…

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CANADA 🇨🇦 (Montréal) : un importateur de cocaïne lié à la mafia meurt sous les balles

Un homme a été tué par balles mardi soir, dans l’arrondissement de Saint-Léonard, dans le nord-est de Montréal, a appris La Presse.

La victime est Piero Arena, un individu lié à la vieille garde de la mafia et déjà condamné dans le passé pour des importations de cocaïne.

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DARKNET : Gal Vallerius, condamné à vingt ans de prison aux Etats-Unis 🇺🇸, finira sa peine en France 🇫🇷

Il avait été condamné à vingt ans de prison par la justice américaine. Incarcéré en Floride depuis son arrestation alors qu’il se rendait au concours de la plus belle barbe du monde en 2017, il pourrait venir purger la fin de sa peine en France.

D’après Le Télégramme, celui que l’on surnommait le baron breton du darknet, aurait demandé à être transféré en France.

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ÎLES VIERGES BRITANNIQUES 🇻🇬 (Anegada): les garde-côtes américains du « Richard Etheridge » ont saisi le 27 août 1.700 kilos de cocaïne

Les garde-côtes américains du « Richard Etheridge » ont saisi le 27 août 1.700 kilos de cocaïne près d’Anegada, dans les îles Vierges britanniques.

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 (Bordeaux) : deuxième jour tendu au procès de Moufide Bouchibi, le narco-businessman

Le procès a viré au bras de fer procédural entre magistrats et avocats, provoquant neuf suspensions. Moufide Bouchibi jusque-là n’a pas été entendu.

Les avocats ont accusé le tribunal de vouloir juger le prévenu «à marche forcée», les magistrats dénonçant, eux, une obstruction.

Appel de l’acte de renvoi, contestation des écoutes téléphoniques, et du mandat d’arrêt lancé en 2012: les avocats sont encore revenus à la charge jeudi pour torpiller la procédure et tenter de faire annuler le procès, en vain. «Il n’a jamais été informé qu’il était poursuivi et qu’il était en fuite (…) ce procès est impossible, il faut arrêter le massacre», a plaidé Me Thomas Bidnic.

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Nos « Dalloziens » distingués n’aiment pas que les avocats de la défense remettent en cause les procédures. Eux, toujours tellement respectueux des textes qu’ils savent, si nécessaire, s’en affranchir !

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En mémoire le magistrat Frederick Arseneault du tribunal Provincial de Barhurst au Nouveau Brunswick qui condamna à perpétuité Marc Fievet, l’agent infiltré de la Dnred de la Douane Française qui avait plaidé coupable à la demande de la Direction générale de la Douane Française, du ministre DSK et de son dircab François Auvigne. Perpétuité obtenue, alors que Fievet n’avait pas d’avocats, et retour en France où l’adaptation de la sentence à Bobigny, prononcée à huis clos, qui devait arranger la situation de Fievet se transforma alors en véritable catastrophe juridico-administrative puisque, non contente de transformer la sentence en 20 ans de taule sans prendre en compte son temps de détention déjà effectué, la substitut du procureur Djemni-Wagner qui obtint 20 ans, conseilla à Fievet de déposer un recours en grâce présidentiel, se lavant les mains à la Ponce-Pilate..

Jean Puons, le directeur de la DNRED, rendit visite à Fievet pour lui dire que l’on allait privilégier le recours en grâce et qu’il ne fallait surtout pas faire appel de la sentence prononcée pour ne pas retarder encore sa libération !

Le DG François Auvigne refusa alors au directeur de la DNRED Jean Puons l’intervention pour obtenir la grâce.

L’ancien directeur de la Direction nationale du renseignement et des enquêtes douanières (DNRED), Jean Henri Hoguet, affirme qu’il n’avait « jamais entendu la DNRED dire que ce dernier avait tenté de faire du trafic pour son propre compte ». Il confirme que plusieurs responsables des douanes sont allés rendre visite à Marc Fiévet en Espagne, puis en Angleterre et au Canada : « On lui a dit de plaider coupable et qu’ensuite on le ferait rapatrier en France pour arranger les affaires », assure le haut fonctionnaire. Cependant, Jean-Henri Hoguet assure qu’il s’est passé ensuite « quelque chose de tout à fait inhabituel » : le nouveau directeur général des douanes, qui ne connaissait pas l’affaire, devait intervenir auprès du ministre des Finances, qui devait lui-même avertir le ministère de la Justice pour tenter d’obtenir — via le parquet — sa remise en liberté. « Une peine symbolique, comme par exemple cinq ans avec sursis », précise l’ex patron de la DNRED. Une promesse faite à l’agent infiltré qui n’a jamais été tenue. La situation a scandalisé M. Hoguet : « Si je suis sorti de ma réserve, c’est que je trouve inadmissible ce qui s’est passé (…). C’est la première fois que je rencontre un tel comportement qui fait que la continuité de l’État n’est pas assurée ou assumée ».

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LA GUERRE A LA DROGUE ET LES INTÉRÊTS DES ÉTATS

20 ans après ce rapport, rien n’a changé !

Combien de milliards pour un tel résultat ?

Les politiques mises en place par les Politiques et autres hauts fonctionnaires sont responsables de cet échec majeur !

Et aujourd’hui, en France, pays des lumières, on ne peut que constater que Gérald Darmanin n’a pas payé sa facture d’électricité !

Dans une préface du dernier rapport l’Office pour le contrôle des drogues et la prévention du crime (ODDCP) son directeur, Pino Arlacchi, écrit que « la psychologie du désespoir s’est emparée des esprits » [dans le domaine des drogues]. Suivent une série de données tendant à accréditer l’idée, que nous sommes pour le moins dans l’obligation de nuancer, de substantiels progrès dans la lutte contre la production et le trafic de ces substances.

Pino Arlacchi note en outre : « La fin de la Guerre froide et l’émergence de réels processus de paix dans un nombre de conflits qui paraissaient insolubles a atténué les tensions au sein de la communauté internationale, facilitant la mise en place de la coopération ». Bien au contraire que la fin de la Guerre froide a favorisé d’une part l’apparition de pseudo-Etats au sein desquels s’est institutionnalisée la corruption du politique ; elle a permis d’autre part le déclenchement de nouveaux conflits locaux. Leurs protagonistes ne recevant plus de subsides de l’un des deux grands blocs, ont dû chercher des sources de financement dans des activités illégales, au premier rang desquelles, le trafic des drogues. De la Colombie à l’Afghanistan en passant par l’Angola ou le Kosovo, la drogue est un des éléments de la prolongation de ces conflits.

Enfin la lutte contre le commerce des drogues est brouillée par les intérêts économiques et géopolitiques des États, particulièrement des pays riches qui se posent en leaders de la guerre à la drogues, enclins à faire preuve d’indulgence à l’égard de leurs alliés ou clients.

Les limites de la lutte contre les trafics

Seule une utilisation sélective des données permet au rapport de l’ODDCP de prétendre que les productions illicites sont en sensible diminution. Par exemple il y est écrit que les cultures de cocaïers ont régressé en Bolivie et au Pérou entre 1995 et 2000 (d’environ 150 000 hectares à 50 000 h.), sans mentionner que cette diminution a été compensée par une augmentation quasi équivalente des superficies illicites en Colombie (de 40 000 h à 130 000 h). En outre, l’amélioration des techniques agricoles a entrainé une hausse sensible de la productivité. En 1990, la production annuelle de cocaïne qui se situait entre 500 tonnes et 700t. annuellement est passée de 800 t et 1000 t dix ans plus tard.D’ailleurs, pour le rapport du Département d’Etat des Etats-Unis, rendu public au début du mois de mars 2001, la production de feuilles de coca a augmenté de 6 % passant de 613 000 t à 650 800 t.

Dans le cas des opiacés, la hausse de la production (qui est passée de 4 263 t à 5 004 t entre 1999 et 2000, soit une augmentation de 20 %) est si élevée, que ce sont les trafiquants eux-mêmes qui ont décrété son gel en Afghanistan de crainte de voir les prix s’effondrer. En juillet 2000, Mollah Omar, chef des taliban, a décrété l’éradication totale des cultures de pavot dans un pays qui était jusque là le premier producteur mondial d’opium devant la Birmanie. Au mois d’octobre, période où l’on sème le pavot, des techniciens d’ONG européennes ont observé que des émissaires l’Emir parcouraient les villages diffusant un message de ce dernier selon lequel la terrible sécheresse qui frappait le pays était une punition du ciel pour avoir cultivé cette plante impie. Des paysans récalcitrants ont été emprisonnés à Djelalabad, la capitale de la province du Nangahar. Une enquête de terrain dans l’est du pays auprès des commerçants d’opium pakistanais et afghans, donne à penser que la mesure aurait en fait été suggérée par les mafias d’Asie centrale qui n’ont pas voulu jeter sur le marché les énormes stocks d’opium et d’héroïne accumulés à la suite des récoltes record de 1999 et 2000. Elles auraient donc proposé aux taliban de compenser financièrement l’arrêt de la production pendant une ou plusieurs années.

Quant à la production des dérivés du cannabis, elle ne cesse de croître pour alimenter des marchés où la consommation se banalise. Selon le rapport de l’Observatoire européen des drogues et des toxicomanies (OEDT) publié au mois d’octobre 2000, « plus de 40 millions de personnes dans l’UE ont consommé de la marijuana ou du haschisch. En moyenne, un adolescent de 15-16 ans sur cinq et au moins une personne sur quatre dans la tranche des 15-34 ans y ont expérimenté le cannabis ». En 1999, l’Espagne, à elle seule, a saisi près de 400 tonnes de haschisch en provenance du Maroc où les cultures pourraient couvrir, dans les montagnes du Rif et au-delà, 90 000 hectares. Partout dans le monde, on saisit également d’importantes quantités de haschisch en provenance du Pakistan, d’Afghanistan et du Népal, et de la marijuana exportée par le Mexique, la Colombie, la Jamaïque, le Cambodge et par l’ensemble des pays d’Afrique sub-saharienne.

Même si la substitution des drogues d’origine naturelle par des drogues de synthèse n’est pas encore à l’ordre du jour, la production et le trafic de ces dernières connaissent une croissance exponentielle. Dès 1996, le PNUCID lançait un cri d’alarme en affirmant que les stimulants synthétiques du type amphétamines « pourraient devenir les drogues de prédilection au XXIème siècle ». Force est de constater que, en Europe, les saisies ont augmenté de 38 % en 1997/1998 avec, en moyenne annuelle, près de trois tonnes de pilules au Royaume-Uni, 1,5 tonne aux Pays-Bas et 250 kg en Allemagne et en Belgique. La France sert de pays de transit pour les exportations d’amphétamine et d’ecstasy en direction des Etats-Unis qui sont notamment entre les mains de réseaux israëliens.

Aux États-Unis, où les saisies annuelles ont atteint 1,7 tonne par an en 1997/1998, le nombre d’admissions dans des centres de traitement a crû de façon spectaculaire entre 1992 (20 000) et 1997 (70 000). Le chiffre s’est ensuite stabilisé, en 1999 et en 2000. En revanche, en Asie du Sud-Ouest et, surtout, en Extrême-Orient, le phénomène ne cesse de s’amplifier.

Activités mafieuses et corruption du politique

Aucune autre activité illicite n’étant aussi lucrative, le trafic des drogues a accru la capacité de nuisance des organisations criminelles qui s’y livrent, notamment leur pouvoir de pénétrer les structures économiques et politiques de certains Etats. Sur le plan économique elles ont suivi le mouvement de la mondialisation, quand elles ne l’ont pas anticipé. Cependant, confrontées à une offensive des Etats les grandes organisations (« cartels colombiens », « mafias » italiennes et chinoises, parrains pakistanais et turcs, etc.) ont, dans la seconde moitié des années 1990, d’abord décentralisé leurs structures pour être moins vulnérables à la répression. Alors qu’il existait en Colombie trois ou quatre grands « cartels », on compte aujourd’hui dans ce pays une quarantaine de moyennes organisations. De même, dans les années 1980, on recensait une douzaine de groupes de la Camorra à Naples ; ils sont aujourd’hui une centaine, forts de 6 000 affiliés. Ces organisations ont simultanément diversifié leurs activités (trafic d’être humains, de diamants, d’espèces protégées, etc.) et les ont délocalisées en resserrant leurs liens d’affaires avec leurs homologues intervenant sur d’autres continents.

Ainsi, des organisations mafieuses turques autrefois spécialisées dans le trafic de l’héroïne, sont de plus en plus impliquées dans celui de clandestins, la contrebande de cigarettes et la contrefaçon. Lorsque le gouvernement a turc a interdit les casinos, les baba (parrains) avaient commencé à les délocaliser dans les Caraïbes (à Saint-Martin en particulier) ou en Afrique (à Dar Es-Salaam en Tanzanie).

Une affaire récente illustre la coopération entre organisations criminelles. A la fin du mois de février 2001, la police du Nicaragua appuyée par la DEA américaine a intercepté en haute mer un navire battant pavillon brésilien et transportant huit tonnes de cocaïne vendues par les cartels colombiens à la mafia russe. Le capitaine du vaisseau était un nicaraguayen travaillant depuis cinq ans pour une organisation criminelle russe.

La Cosa Nostra sicilienne qui a subi des coups très durs de la part des forces de répression au cours de la dernière décennie, a renforcé son implantation internationale notamment au Brésil, au Canada, en Europe de l’Est ou en Afrique du Sud. Selon les services anti-mafia sud-africains, la mafia sicilienne est solidement implantée au Cap et à Johannesburg. Ses activités vont du blanchiment — sociétés-écrans, achat de biens immobiliers — au trafic de cocaïne, en collaboration avec des groupes colombiens, en passant par le recel de criminels en fuite. Pour la région du Cap, le parrain le plus en vue est Vito Palazzolo, ancien banquier de la Pizza Connection. Évadé de Suisse et « réfugié » en Afrique du Sud où il a d’abord mis ses compétences au service du régime d’apartheid, avant de rendre des services au gouvernement de Mandela, il resterait l’un des chefs de Cosa Nostra. Il est actuellement en résidence surveillée, sous la seule accusation d’avoir usurpé la nationalité sud-africaine.

Ces activités sont favorisées par les liens entretenues par les organisations criminelles avec les pouvoirs politiques. Cela est vrai non seulement dans des « dictatures bananières » (Birmanie, Guinée Equatoriales) ou dans des non-Etats (Afghanistan, Paraguay, Liberia) mais également dans de grands pays qui jouent un rôle géopolitique clé dans leur région comme par exemple la Turquie en Europe et le Mexique en Amérique du Nord. En Turquie, les élections d’avril 1999 ont permis à une coalition de partis nationalistes (de la gauche à l’extrême droite) de constituer, avec l’appui de l’armée, un gouvernement. Fort de ses 16 % des voix, le MPH, façade présentable d’une organisation qui l’est moins, Les Loups Gris, dont des dizaines de membres sont incarcérés pour activités criminelles un peu partout en Europe, occupe les postes de vice-Premier ministre et de ministre de l’Intérieur.

On trouve une situation semblable dans les relations entre les Etats-Unis et le Mexique. Un livre récent apporte des éléments nouveaux à la connaissance des relations entre les « cartels » mexicains de la drogue et les leaders du Parti révolutionnaire institutionnel (PRI), au pouvoir depuis soixante-dix ans, en particulier avec les différents présidents qui se sont succédés depuis le début des années 1980.

Jean-François Boyer qui a interrogé des policiers de hauts rangs, des universitaires parmi lesquelles Jorge Castaneda, politologue devenu ministre des Affaires étrangères du Président Vicente Fox élu à l’été 2000, écrit : « les autorités financières du pays auraient invité les narcotrafiquants à investir leurs revenus dans une économie décapitalisée, en pleine restructuration ; en contrepartie, la police et l’armée mexicaine fermeraient les yeux sur le narcotrafic ; et les deux parties s’engageraient à ne pas recourir à la violence et à négocier d’éventuelles arrestations au cas où il serait nécessaire de lâcher du lest vis-à-vis des autorités antidrogues américaines. L’Etat mexicain s’engagerait enfin à ne pas autoriser la DEA et les agences antidrogues américaines à participer à la répression sur son territoire ». En contrepartie, les organisations criminelles auraient investi dans le pays leurs profits (de 5 à 10 milliards de dollars chaque année), ce qui aurait contribué à permettre au Mexique de remplir les conditions économiques fixées par les Etats-Unis pour la création en 1994 du grand marché nord-américain, l’ALENA. On remarque enfin que chaque président nouvellement élu a surtout réprimé le cartel dont son prédécesseur était le plus proche et s’est rapproché d’un de ses rivaux. Les Etats-Unis ont fermé les yeux sur ces « accords » et cela d’autant plus que, dans les années 1980, leurs services secrets ont eux-mêmes utilisé les cartels mexicain pour appuyer les « contras », milices luttant contre le régime « marxiste » du Nicaragua à partir des pays voisins.

La drogue dans un conflit local : l’exemple du Kosovo

Avec l’explosion et la diversification des productions de drogues et la transformation des narco-organisations, le troisième élément constitutif de la situation actuelle sont les effets sur la criminalité et le trafic de drogues de la multiplication des conflits locaux, effet pervers de la fin de l’antagonisme des blocs et des soubresauts provoqués par l’effondrement de l’Union soviétique. Durant la Guerre froide, les grandes puissances que la dissuasion nucléaire empêchait de s’affronter directement, le faisaient à travers leurs alliés dans le Tiers monde. L’argent de la drogue utilisée par les belligérants évitait ainsi à certains pays d’avoir à puiser dans des fonds secrets pour financer leurs alliés. Cela a été notamment le cas pour toutes les grandes puissances (Etats-Unis, France) et les puissances régionales (Israël, Syrie) concernées par la guerre civile libanaise et pour les Etats-Unis en Amérique centrale. La fin de la guerre froide, loin de mettre fin à ces conflits locaux, n’a fait que révéler leur absence de motifs idéologiques, libérant des affrontements ethniques, nationaux, religieux, etc. Les belligérants ne pouvant désormais compter sur le financement de leurs puissants protecteurs ont dû trouver dans les trafics, dont celui de drogues, des ressources alternatives.Dans une trentaine de conflits, ouverts, latents ou en voie de résolutions, la présence de la drogue, à des titres et des niveaux divers est avérée : en Amérique latine (Colombie, Pérou, Mexique) ; en Asie (Afghanistan, Tadjikistan, Inde, Azerbaïdjan-Arménie, Tchétchénie, Géorgie, Birmanie, Philippines) ; en Europe (Yougoslavie, Turquie, Irlande, Espagne) et en Afrique (Algérie, Soudan, Egype, Sénégal, Guinée Bissau, Liberia, Sierra-Leone, RDC, Congo, Tchad, Ouganda, Angola, Somalie, Comores).

Certains de ces conflits – en Colombie, en Afghanistan ou en Angola – existaient avant la fin de la guerre froide. Mais le retrait de partis frères ou de puissants protecteurs fait qu’ils ont pris un caractère nouveau : glissement progressif vers des activités de prédation dans le cas des Forces armées révolutionnaires de Colombie (FARC) ; antagonismes ethnico-religieux manipulés par les puissances régionales dans celui des guerres civiles afghane et angolaise. Ailleurs, c’est la chute des régimes communistes qui est à l’origine des conflits yougoslaves, tchétchènes, azéris-arméniens et des guerres civiles géorgiennes. Les protagonistes de ces affrontements, dans leur recherche de financements, font flèche de tout bois : trafic de pétrole, de drogues, de métaux stratégiques, etc.

L’escalade des profits dans le cas de la drogue en fait une source de financement particulièrement intéressante. Ainsi on peut évaluer le montant des taxes perçus annuellement par les taliban sur les drogues à une centaine de millions de dollars. Ce chiffre peut être multiplié par trois ou par quatre dans le cas des FARC. Dans un micro-conflit comme celui de la Casamance au Sénégal, on pouvait évaluer en 1995 les taxes sur le cannabis perçues par le Mouvement des forces démocratiques de Casamance (MDFC) à plusieurs millions de dollars par an. Cela contribue à expliquer que ces quelques centaines de combattants aux pieds nus se soient dotés, au fil des années, d’un armement de plus en plus sophistiqué et qu’en dépit des accords de paix signés avec le gouvernement, des groupes continuent à affronter l’armée et à se battre entre eux, particulièrement à la saison de la récolte du cannabis.

Un des exemples récents les plus significatifs de l’utilisation de la drogue dans le déclenchement du conflit puis dans les obstacles mis à sa résolution, est celui du Kosovo.

Dès 1991, l’OGD a signalé que les profits de la vente d’héroïne dans toute l’Europe, en particulier en Suisse, par des ressortissants albanais de cette province serbe, étaient utilisés pour acheter des armes dans la perspective d’un soulèvement contre l’oppression serbe.L’UCK, après avoir déclanché des opérations militaires à la fin de 1997, a été chassée progressivement de ses bastions par l’armée et la police yougoslave et n’a plus opéré que dans des poches le long de la frontière albanaise. Après la campagne de bombardement de l’OTAN en Serbie et au Kosovo (24 mars au 10 juin 1999), il n’est plus resté au groupe nationaliste qu’à se préparer à un retour en force lors de la réinstallation des réfugiés. C’est la raison pour laquelle elle a cherché à acquérir le véritable potentiel militaire que lui refusait les pays occidentaux. Pour cela elle a eu d’abord pour source de financement   l’impôt payé par les 700 000 Albanais de la diaspora en Europe (3 % des salaires et souvent plus). Mais ce financement légal s’est révélé vulnérable, en particulier lorsque le gouvernement suisse a décidé de gérer le compte de l’UCK, intitulé « La Patrie appelle ». C’est alors que cette organisation a, semble-t-il, décidé de prévilégier une recherche de financement dans le trafic des drogues même si cela impliquait des liens avec les mafias italiennes qui lui fournissent des armes contre de l’héroïne, de la cocaïne ou des dérivés du cannabis.

Dans certaines affaires, la présence de l’UCK en tant que telle a été clairement établie, notamment par la justice italienne ; dans d’autres l’identité des commanditaires de trafics « albanais » est restée occultée, mais ne fait guère de doute. En effet, lorsque la police et la justice de pays européens détiennent les preuves de l’implication de l’UCK, il leur est difficile, du fait du rôle de l’OTAN au Kosovo, d’en faire officiellement état. C’est à la presse de tirer les conclusions des informations dont elle dispose ou des « fuites » dont elle bénéficie de la part de certains magistrats. En juin 1998 par exemple, une centaine de personnes parmi lesquelle de nombreux Kosovars ont été arrêtés à travers l’Italie et d’autres pays européens pour un trafic de drogues et d’armes. Selon le procureur de Milan, ils appartenaient à huit réseaux chargés d’introduire des armes au Kosovo. 100 kilos d’héroïne et de cocaïne, servant à payer les armes, ont été saisis.

Le 12 mars 1999, la police tchèque a annoncé l’arrestation à Prague du Kosovar Princ Dobroshi, évadé d’une prison norvégienne et considéré comme l’un des plus importants trafiquants de drogue en Europe. Un de ses porte-parole a précisé à l’AFP que des documents attestaient, sans ambiguité, que l’homme, agé de 35 ans, utilisait le produit de son trafic pour des achats d’armes. Citant un membre des services secrets tchèques (BIS), le journal Lidove Noviny a indiqué que ces armes étaient livrées à l’Armée de liberation du Kosovo (UCK).

A la fin de ce même mois, c’est un journal italien, Tempo, qui reproduisant un interview du procureur national anti-mafia, Alberto Mariati, publiait que l’UCK était « liée à la mafia de Naples, la Camorra, ainsi qu’à celle des Pouilles » et que « Les clans du Kosovo sont investis dans le trafic de drogues contre des armes ». En avril 1999, The Times de Londres, en avril 1999, indiquait qu’Europol préparait un rapport pour les ministres européens de l’Intérieur et de la Justice soulignant les connexions entre l’UCK et les narco-trafiquants. Selon ce magazine, les polices d’Allemagne, de Suisse et de Suède, détiendraient les preuves du financement partiel de l’UCK par la vente de drogues.

La lutte contre la drogue, arme économique et politique

Les différents type de compromissions des pays riches avec les Etats trafiquants sont si répandues, que leurs caractéristiques peuvent être modélisées. Le plus répandu a pour origine des intérêts économiques. Durant les années 1990, la Chine et la Pologne ont accepté sans rechigner que les armes qu’elles vendaient à la Birmanie soient payées avec l’argent de l’héroïne. Rangoon a en particulier dépensé près d’un milliard de dollars pour acheter des avions de combat à la Chine alors que ses réserves en devise ne dépassait pas 300 millions de dollars. Des membres des services de renseignement de l’ambassade de France au Pakistan rencontrés par l’auteur de cet article n’écartaient pas que l’argent de la drogue puisse, à la même époque, avoir également participé au règlement des ventes d’armement de la France à ce pays.

De leur côté, la Banque mondiale et le Fonds monétaire international ne se posent pas de questions sur l’origine des fonds qui permettent à certains pays – en particulier la Colombie durant toutes les années 1980 – de payer leur dette extérieure. Si certains Etats européens et l’Union elle-même ferment les yeux sur les protections officielles dont bénéficie la culture de cannabis au Maroc, c’est qu’elle contribue largement à l’équilibre économique du pays et que leur substitution coûterait extrêmement cher.

Mais la drogue peut-être aussi utilisée comme une arme diplomatique pour déstabiliser ou discréditer un adversaire politique.

Un des exemples de cette attitude est la politique des Etats-Unis à l’égard de l’Iran dans le domaine des drogues. Durant toutes les années 1990, en dépit de ses efforts dans le domaine de la lutte contre le transit de l’héroïne afghane (l’Iran a perdu près de 3000 hommes depuis vingt ans dans ces combats), ce pays a été « décertifié » par Washington, c’est à dire placé sur la liste des pays qui sont considérés comme des Etats trafiquants. Cette mesure entraine la suspension de toute aide économique de la part des Etats-Unis et surtout leur vote négatif dans toutes les instances internationales chargées de promouvoir la coopération internationale. Interrogé par l’OGD, un représentant du Département d’Etat a répondu à ce sujet que si l’Iran était placé sur la liste des pays « décertifiés » c’est qu’il s’agissait d’un Etat terroriste et non à cause de sa participation au trafic international des drogues. En décembre 1998, le président Clinton a annoncé qu’il allait retirer l’Iran de la liste des pays « décertifiés ». La raison avancée était que «  l’Iran n’est plus un producteur significatif d’opium et d’héroïne et qu’il avait cessé d’être un pays de transit de la drogue destinée aux Etats-Unis ». Tout le monde a compris qu’il s’agissait d’un geste de bonne volonté répondant à la politique d’ouverture manifestée par le président Mohamed Khatami depuis 1997.

L’utilisation par les Etats-Unis de l’arme politique de la drogue a fait des émules.

De nombreux pays du Tiers monde l’utilisent désormais pour combattre leurs opposants politiques ou les minorités ethniques et religieuses qui vivent sur le territoire. La situation au Timor a été largement médiatisée. Mais il existe au moins un autre Timor en Indonésie, c’est la province de l’Aceth où la répression féroce menée contre la population de cette région du nord de Sumatra a provoqué depuis 20 ans un mouvement de révolte armée. Or, au début de 1990, le prétexte pris par l’armée indonésienne pour intervenir en force dans cette région, a été de mener des campagnes d’éradication du cannabis appuyées par les Etats-Unis. Il est vrai que cette région était un producteur traditionnel de cette drogue, mais qui ne justifiaient en rien le déploiement d’aussi importants moyens militaires qui se sont révélés meurtriers. Un autre exemple est celui du Soudan où la lutte contre le cannabis, appuyée cette fois par l’organe spécialisé des Nations unies, a permis au gouvernement islamiste de Karthoum d’intervenir, ces dernières années, contre la tribu animiste des Beja.

Le dernier élément concernant les manipulations dont la drogue est l’enjeu est de caractère diplomatique. Il s’agit cette fois pour un pays de taire les implications d’un autre Etat dans le trafic de drogues afin d’exercer un chantage pour qu’il y mette fin ou fasse une politique voulue par le premier dans un autre domaine. Les Etats-Unis ont simultanément visé ces deux objectifs dans le cas de la Syrie, pays dont les troupes étaient profondément impliquées dans le trafic de haschisch et d’héroïne au Liban : ils ont obtenu ainsi des campagnes d’éradication des cultures illicites dans la plaine de la Bekaa et la participations de la Syrie aux négociations de paix au Moyen Orient. La même stratégie est actuellement utilisée par Washington à l’égard du général Hugo Banzer président élu de la Bolivie. La dictature militaire de ce dernier (1971-1978) s’est non seulement livrée à de graves violations des droits de l’homme et à l’assassinat d’opposants à l’étranger dans le cadre du « Plan Condor », mais a contribué à la spécialisation de la Bolivie dans la production de cocaïne.

Elu président pour cinq ans en 1997, le général Banzer pour faire oublier son encombrant passé à la communauté internationale et en particulier aux Etats-Unis, s’est lancé immédiatement dans une vaste campagne d’éradication des cultures de cocaïers dont la quasi totalité (37 000 hectares) avaient été manuellement arrachés à la fin de l’année 2000. Cela a notamment valu à l’ex-dictateur d’être présenté comme un exemple lors de la réunion internationale qui s’est tenue à Palerme en décembre 2000 pour adopter une Convention contre le crime organisé. Cette réhabilitation tardive, avec l’ acquiescement des États-Unis, peut donner à penser à des leaders du tiers monde qu’ils auront toujours la possibilité de racheter dans l’avenir leur implication présente dans le trafic. En outre, durant l’année 2000, il a été prouvé qu’un des protégés du président de la Bolivie dont il avait fait le conseiller de ses services de renseignement, appartenait à une famille de la mafia italienne et renseignait les trafiquants de drogues boliviens.

L’Europe face au « Plan Colombie »…et aux Etats-Unis

Il convient de s’arrêter sur le « Plan Colombie » car il marque un différence d’approche très sensible entre l’Europe et les Etats-Unis. On trouve dans ce pays tous les ingrédients d’une crise durable : conflit interne entre guérillas marxistes et milices d’extrêmes droites dont le contrôle des productions de drogue est un des motifs ; tentative de l’État pour rétablir la paix civile et de reprendre le contrôle du territoire ; volonté des Etats-Unis d’intervenir pour mettre fin au trafic de drogues au risque de mettre en péril les négociations de paix.

Le « Plan Colombie » a pour objectif officiel de combattre le narco-trafic, d’appuyer les négociation de paix qui se sont ouvertes au début de l’année 1998 avec le principal mouvement de guérilla, les Forces armées révolutionnaires de Colombie (FARC) et plus récemment avec l’Armée de libération nationale (ELN) et de promouvoir le développement économique du pays, en particulier en faveur des secteurs les plus modestes de la population. Le coût global de ce plan est de 7, 5 milliards de dollars. La contribution du gouvernement colombien devrait s’élever à 4 millards de dollars. Les Etats-Unis ont décidé d’y contribuer au niveau de 1,3 milliards de dollars. Le reste est attendu de la coopération bilatérale (Espagne, Japon), et multilatérale, en particulier des organismes financiers internationaux (Banque mondiale, BID, Communauté financière andine, BIRD, etc.) et del’Union européenne.

En Colombie, le plan a fait l’objet de critiques, non seulement de la part des guérillas, mais aussi des ONG de développement et des organisations de défense des droits de l’Homme. Ces critiques se fondent sur le fait qu’environ 70 % des financements américains (un milliard de dollars) iront au renforcement du potentiel militaire des forces de répression. En particulier 60 hélicoptères, dont 18 de type Blackhawk, sont achetés aux Etats-Unis. Les FARC et l’ELN estiment donc que sous couvert de lutter contre le narco-trafic, le gouvernement américain en renforçant l’armée colombienne, vise en fait à saboter le processus de paix et qu’elles sont la cible d’un véritable « acte de guerre ». Les ONG colombiennes et internationales (Amnesty International, American Watch, WOLA, etc.) dénoncent, quant à elles, « une logique de guerre » qui ne peut qu’aggraver la situation d’insécurité dans laquelle vivent les populations. Ce plan inquiète et divise également les voisins de la Colombie. Ils ne peuvent s’empêcher de le mettre en relation avec un projet – en faveur duquel les États-Unis ont lancé des ballons d’essai tout en le démentant officiellement – de créer une armée multi-latérale latino-américaine d’intervention en Colombie dans le cas où les guérillas et les narco-trafiquants menaceraient la sécurité régionale. Un tel projet, qui avait été approuvé par le Pérou de l’ex-président Fujimori, a fait l’objet d’une vive opposition de la part du Venezuela (dont le président nationaliste Hugo Chavez ne cache pas ses sympathies pour les FARC), du Panama et du Brésil qui voit d’un mauvais œil toute initiative pouvant concurrencer son rôle de puissance régionale.

Les pays frontaliers de la Colombie (Équateur, Pérou, Brésil, Venezuela et Panama) craignent qu’une violente offensive contre la production de drogue dans ce pays rejette dans les régions amazoniennes qui longent leur frontière avec lui, non seulement les populations mais aussi les guérillas et les narco-trafiquants.

Au cours d’une réunion des pays appuyant la lutte anti-drogues qui s’est tenue à Bogota le 24 octobre 2000, l’Union européenne, à l’issue d’un processus au cours duquel la France a joué un rôle déterminant, a clairement pris ses distances à l’égard du « Plan Colombie ». La contribution financière de l’U.E se montant à 871 millions de dollars sera destinée essentiellement à des programme de « renforcement des institutions » et de « développement social ». Mais, surtout, cette aide financière se situe clairement en dehors du cadre du « Plan Colombie ». Le porte-parole de l’Union, Renaud Vignal du ministère des Affaires étrangères français, a déclaré à cette occasion : « L’aide européenne est différente du Plan Colombie » et il a ajouté afin que ne subsiste aucune ambiguïté : « L’assistance européenne n’inclut aucun aspect militaire…Pour l’Union européenne il n’existe pas d’alternative au processus de paix, il n’existe pas de solution militaire permettant de rétablir une paix durable ». Le responsable de l’Union pour l’Amérique latine, Francisco de Camara, a enfoncé le clou : « Nous voulons contribuer à la paix, non accroître la tension ».

Le 8 mars 2001 a eu lieu une réunion entre les diplomates de 26 Etats et les FARC dans la zone démilitarisée concédée à la guérilla. Les Etats-Unis ont refusé d’y participer, même si la nouvelle administration affirme « soutenir sans équivoque » le processus de paix et « n’exclut pas de participer » au prochain round de discussion avec la guérilla. L’Union européenne et la plupart des pays de l’Espace Schengen étaient représentés ainsi que le le Vatican, la Suisse, le Canada, le Japon, le Mexique, le Brésil, le Venezuela, etc. A l’issue de la réunion un communiqué signé par tous les pays présents réitérait leur appui au processus de paix. En outre cinq pays – Cuba, Espagne, France, Norvège et Suisse – font partie depuis mai 2000 du groupe dit des « pays amis » du processus de paix avec l’autre guérilla de l’Armée de libération nationale (ELN). L’opposition croissante de l’Union européenne au « Plan Colombie » a facilité le changement de stratégie des FARC, jusque là opposées à la présence de toute commission internationale dans la zone démilitarisée, et remis sur les rails des négociations sérieusement compromises.

Les limites de la lutte contre le blanchiment

Les drogues illicites d’origine naturelle, à l’exception du cannabis cultivé dans des pays comme les États-Unis, l’Australie ou les Pays Bas essentiellement destiné au marché interne, poussent dans des pays du tiers monde : Birmanie, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Maroc, Bolivie, Pérou et Colombie, pour ne mentionner que les principaux producteurs/exportateurs. Cette situation amène le public à faire porter à ces pays la responsabilité des dégâts causés par les drogues dans les pays riches.

Cependant, si l’on considère le blanchiment de l’argent généré par ces productions, on s’aperçoit que le tableau est en quelque sorte inversé. D’abord on constate qu’entre le prix payé au paysan pour la matière première de la drogue et celui que cette dernière rapportera, au détail, dans les rues des pays riches, la multiplication du profit est en moyenne de 1 500 à 2 000 dans le cas de l’héroïne et de 20 à 40 dans le cas du haschisch, drogue pour laquelle les trafiquants «se rattrapent» sur les énormes quantités commercialisées. On estime d’autre part que les profits de la drogue qui restent ou reviennent dans les pays producteurs ne représentent pas plus de 10 % de la valeur finale du produit vendu dans les pays riches. Ainsi, alors que le marché mondial de la cocaïne colombienne représente annuellement une cinquantaine de milliards de dollars, les retombées sur l’économie locale ne dépassent pas 2 milliards de dollars.

On peut en conclure que la plus grande partie des profits générés par la vente des drogues se blanchissent et s’investissent dans les pays riches.

C’est la raison pour laquelle ces derniers ont fait de la lutte contre le blanchiment une priorité. Ils ont créé une multitude de services spécialisés internationaux et nationaux pour traquer l’argent sale des narco : GAFI, TRACFIN, FINCEN, CTIF, FOPAC, etc. La principale organisation multilatérale, le Groupe d’action financière (GAFI) ayant été créé en 1989, il est légitime de s’interroger sur le bilan de cette lutte.

Damien Callamand, expert du FOPAC, cellule anti-blanchiment d’Interpol, a récemment déclaré que si l’on saisissait environ 10 % des drogues en circulation, on ne confisquait guère que 1 % des profits généré par l’ensemble des activités criminelles.

Il ajoutait que hormis l’«Opération La Mina» (1994) qui a abouti à la saisie de 1,2 milliard de dollars, l’ensemble des autres saisies effectuées depuis qu’existe la lutte anti-blanchiment dans le monde, c’est à dire une dizaine d’années, se situerait entre 1 et 2 milliards de dollars, alors que les profits de l’argent de la drogue sont estimés annuellement à des sommes variant entre 300 et 500 milliards de dollars.

Au-delà de l’ambiguïté des systèmes juridiques de contrôle et des défaillances dans leur application, existe aujourd’hui une contradiction plus fondamentale : la volonté de contrôler les mouvements de capitaux dans le cadre d’une économie mondialisée. D’un côté les organismes financiers internationaux recommandent la circulation sans entrave des capitaux, de l’autre les États leur étroite surveillance dans le cadre de la lutte anti-blanchiment. Les recettes ultra-libérales imposées aux pays du Sud et de l’Est impliquent notamment des privatisations massives et rapides dans des pays qui ne disposent généralement pas de capitaux, dont les unités industrielles et les services sont obsolètes et où les risques dissuadent souvent les entrepreneurs d’investir. Cela ouvre tout grand la porte à des mafias pour qui l’essentiel est moins de faire des affaires rentables, que de recycler leurs capitaux dans des conditions avec lesquelles ne peut concurrencer aucun entrepreneur disposant de capitaux licites. C’est ainsi que les mafias italiennes ont racheté des canards boiteux en Allemagne de l’Est et dans toute la CEI, que les mafias russes ont mis la main sur une grand partie des secteurs économiques dans leurs pays, que l’on voit pousser comme des champignons des complexes touristiques en Amérique latine et en Afrique dont les coefficients de remplissage sont truqués pour justifier le blanchiment des organisations criminelles de tout poil.

Mais les pays riches, en particulier certains de ceux qui appartiennent à l’espace Schengen, participent également à cette recherche de nouvelles alternatives économiques dans leurs possessions d’Outre-mer où ils font la chasse aux investisseurs étrangers pour lancer ou relancer l’économie : des zones franches se créent dans le but de développer de nouvelles activités (tourisme, services financiers). C’est le cas, par exemple, dans les Caraïbes, non seulement chez les États indépendants, mais également dans les territoires d’Outre-mer des pays du Nord, comme l’île de Saint-Martin que se partagent la France et les Pays-Bas. Après les mafias américaines dans les années 1950/1960, s’y sont successivement installées les organisations criminelles italiennes dans les années 1960/1970 et les organisations libanaises dans les années 1980/1990. Dernières arrivées, les maffyas turques.

Non seulement cette île est devenue une plate-forme du transit de la cocaïne à destination de l’Europe, mais aussi un centre de blanchiment de premier ordre à travers les banques, les infrastructures touristiques et les casinos.

Un certain nombre d’affaires donnent à penser que plusieurs pays, et non des moindres, sont surtout actifs lorsqu’il s’agit d’épingler le voisin, ils font preuve de beaucoup moins d’allant lorsque les intérêts de leurs grandes banques sont en jeu. Ainsi, les Etats-Unis ont été à l’origine de beaucoup d’affaires…en Suisse. Mais chez eux, l’affaire des fonds Salinas à la City Bank paraît complètement enterré comme si les autorités judicaire jouaient maintenant sur la prescription. Lorsque le GAFI a produit son rapport en octobre 2000, la presse européenne a révélé que l’absence de l’île de Jersey et de Monaco sur la liste des pays « blanchisseurs » avérés, résultait en fait d’une négociation entre le Royaume-Uni et la France

Dernier obstacle aux velléités de contrôle des capitaux : le Cyberbanking.

Si les transactions bancaires ne sont pas une nouveauté, ce sont leur application par le biais d’Internet qui en sont une. Cette facilité de mouvement offerte par un gigantesque réseau transnational aux multiples ramifications présente la particularité d’accroître la volatilité des capitaux et ceci pour deux raisons : tout d’abord, parce que de son propre ordinateur personnel des fonds peuvent être transférés d’un continent à l’autre et ensuite parce que l’argent liquide peut être stocké sur une smart card (porte monnaie électronique). L’argent est par conséquence immédiatement disponible à l’inverse d’une carte bancaire qui nécessite un distributeur. L’élimination de ce lien favorise également la confidentialité puisque par une simple opération commerciale impliquant une carte de crédit il est possible de répérer et de suivre l’itinéraire d’un individu. Cela offre d’immenses possiblités à des entreprises criminelles pour déplacer des sommes colossales. Ce problème s’accroit lorsqu’on associe à l’extrême perméabilité des banques offshore dont la législation bancaire des territoires où elles se trouvent est assouplie de façon à attirer les capitaux. Il convient de reprendre ici les analyses du professeur Jean Dupuy dans son article «Le dédoublement du monde» : «Nous assistons à l’émergence d’un monde dual. Au monde des États, système de légalité, se mêle un monde dont les acteurs sont des forces vives, portés par des flux transnationaux et animés du seul désir de l’efficacité. Ce second monde se distingue radicalement du premier : il est sans frontière ; il est hors la loi». On ne saurait souligner plus radicalement les difficultés de s’attaquer au trafic de drogues à travers la lutte contre le blanchiment.

Conclusion

On le sait les Etats-Unis viennent de perdre leur siège au sein de la direction de l’OICS, après avoir dû céder celui qu’ils occupaient au sein de la Commission des droits de l’Homme. Ce revers est probablement le résultat d’un conjonction d’intérêts divers. Mais un des motifs est certainement le vote de certains pays d’Amérique latine qui ont été toujours opposés au processus de « certification » de la part des Etats-Unis et qui ont reçu un important renfort avec l’élection en 2000 du Vicente Fox du Parti d’action national (PAN) à la présidence du Mexique. Bien que prôche des Etats-Unis, ce dernier la rejette et plaide haut et fort pour une révision des relations du Mexique et de l’Amérique latine avec les Etats-Unis sur le plan de la lutte anti-drogues.

D’autre part, des phénomènes ponctuels comme la quasi-disparition des productions d’opiacés en Afghanistan ou plus structurels, comme le développement de la production des drogues de synthèse dans les pays développés, vont enlever une partie des arguments des Etats-Unis dans leur croisade contre les pays producteurs. Sur le plan de la toxicomanie l’avancée des politiques de « réduction des risques », auxquelles s’est notamment ralliée la France depuis la fin des années 1990, au détriment des politiques en faveur de la politique américaine d’un « monde sans drogue », dont la Suède reste en Europe un des derniers tenants, est un autre signe de changement.

Mais les Etats-Unis conservent des alliés. Les trois grandes organisations onusiennes spécialisées dans la lutte contre les drogues appuient leur position : le PNUCID/ODDCP d’abord, nous l’avons dit, ainsi que l’Organe de contrôle international des drogues (OICS) dont la fonction est de veiller au respect de Conventions internationales (de 1964, 1971 et 1988) élaborées sous l’influence des Etats-Unis. Bien qu’ils puissent faire entendre leur voix au sein de ces organismes, c’est au niveau de la Commission des stupéfiants, expression directe de l’Assemblée générale des Nations unies, que les pays émergeants ou en voie de développement se font surtout entendre. Or ces pays sont sur des positions parfois plus extrêmes encore que celles des Etats-Unis tant au niveau des politiques nationales en matière de toxicomanie que sur le plan de la lutte internationale contre les drogues.

Cette attitude a plusieurs raison. Pour certains, elle découle du fait qu’il s’agit de sociétés non démocratiques – la Chine, la Malaisie, l’Arabie Saoudite ou l’Iran – qui punissent très sévèrement toutes les déviances visibles. Pour d’autres, il s’agit simplement de la conséquence de la fascination exercée par le « modèle américain » ou d’un opportunisme les poussant à rallier ce qui est perçu comme la position dominante parmi les pays riches. Une troisième catégorie vise, à travers des mesures punitives, dresser un rideau de fumée sur les trafics auxquels se livrent leurs élites. Ces pays traitent les consommateurs comme des délinquants, les petits trafiquants comme des criminels dangereux et sont prêts à appuyer toutes les croisades anti-drogues dans la mesure où ils n’en sont pas la cible.

Et cela d’autant plus que si les Européens se sont montrés aussi entreprenants dans le cas de la Colombie, c’est que ce pays fait partie du pré carré des Etats-Unis.

Mais en ce qui concerne par exemple l’Afrique, l’attitude des anciennes puissances coloniales – France, Royaume Uni, Espagne, Portugal – est loin d’être toujours aussi ferme avec certains gouvernement du continent impliqués dans les trafics. Pour ne pas parler de la complaisance dont elles font preuve à l’égard de centres de blanchiment comme Jersey pour le Royaume Uni ou Saint-Martin/Sint Marteen pour la France et les Pays-Bas.

Ces ambiguïtés et ces contradictions, non seulement sont un obstacle à la lutte contre la grande criminalité dans le domaine des stupéfiants, mais elles peuvent être elles-mêmes à l’origine de nouvelles menaces comme le suggère l’attitude des Etats-Unis dans le cas de la Colombie.

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