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New Jersey News: NEWARK, Restructuring Of U.S. Attorney’s Office Leads To Significant Results In First Year

District of New Jersey sees Increase in Prosecutions of both Violent and White Collar Crime NEWARK, N.J. – One year after U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito reorganized the structure of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, overall criminal prosecutions have increased 51 percent, including a 65 percent jump in violent crime prosecutions, … Continue reading New Jersey News: NEWARK, Restructuring Of U.S. Attorney’s Office Leads To Significant Results In First Year

RALEIGH, N.C. | Witness alleging ballot fraud in congressional race arrested

RALEIGH, N.C.—Jan 09, 2019 One of more than a dozen witnesses alleging ballot misconduct in the nation’s last undecided congressional election now faces drug and weapons charges. Bladen County Sheriff’s officials said Wednesday 48-year-old Christopher Eason was arrested Friday at his Bladenboro home. Maj. Larry Guyton said it was part of a sweep targeting nearly … Continue reading RALEIGH, N.C. | Witness alleging ballot fraud in congressional race arrested

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s false claim about drug smuggling

WASHINGTON — Jan 04, 2019—President Donald Trump flatly contradicted his officials Friday on how illicit drugs get into the U.S. and made a fanciful case that Mexico, without putting up a peso, is somehow paying for his proposed border wall. TRUMP: “Remember drugs. The drugs are pouring into this country. They don’t go through the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s false claim about drug smuggling

Connecticut News: Hartford Man, CHRISTOPHER BARRETO Sentenced to 46 Months for Distributing Drugs Involved in 2 Enfield Overdose Deaths

Connecticut – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CHRISTOPHER BARRETO, 29, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 46 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for distributing drugs involved in two overdose deaths in Enfield in … Continue reading Connecticut News: Hartford Man, CHRISTOPHER BARRETO Sentenced to 46 Months for Distributing Drugs Involved in 2 Enfield Overdose Deaths

Tennessee News: NASHVILLE, Dr. Samson Orusa, 45-Count Indictment Charges Clarksville, Tennessee Physician With Massive Opioid Distribution and Healthcare Fraud Scheme

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – December 14, 2018 – A 45-count federal indictment was unsealed yesterday, charging Dr. Samson Orusa, 56, of Clarksville, Tennessee with maintaining a drug-involved premises; 22 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance outside the bounds of professional medical practice; 13 counts of healthcare fraud; and nine counts of money laundering, announced … Continue reading Tennessee News: NASHVILLE, Dr. Samson Orusa, 45-Count Indictment Charges Clarksville, Tennessee Physician With Massive Opioid Distribution and Healthcare Fraud Scheme

Alaska News: Dillingham Man, Andrew Madison Straley III Indicted on Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

Drugs Found inside Man’s Luggage at Anchorage Airport, Bound for Dillingham, Alaska Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that a Dillingham man has been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges, arising from the seizure of methamphetamine found inside his luggage at the Anchorage International Airport. Andrew Madison Straley III, 50, of Dillingham, … Continue reading Alaska News: Dillingham Man, Andrew Madison Straley III Indicted on Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

North Carolina News: RALEIGH, Three Wilson Men Sentenced for Drug Conspiracy

RALEIGH, N.C. – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced TRAVIS KWYMAINE RUFFIN, 29, of Wilson, North Carolina to 54 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release; MARCUS ANTWAN WILEY, also known as “MARK,” 29, of Elm City, … Continue reading North Carolina News: RALEIGH, Three Wilson Men Sentenced for Drug Conspiracy

Texas News: Mexican Citizen, Jesus Florencio Chaparro-Sanchez Sentenced to 11 ¼ Years in Federal Prison for Transporting Fentanyl

Texas – A 26-year-old citizen of Mexico was sentenced today to 135 months in federal prison after authorities caught him transporting fentanyl, a powerful narcotic 50 times more potent than heroin, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox. Jesus Florencio Chaparro-Sanchez pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute in … Continue reading Texas News: Mexican Citizen, Jesus Florencio Chaparro-Sanchez Sentenced to 11 ¼ Years in Federal Prison for Transporting Fentanyl

Wisconsin News: Green Bay Man, David L. Shanks Jr. Sentenced for Distribution of Heroin and Fentanyl, Resulting in One Death and Two Overdoses

Wisconsin – United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on December 3, 2018, David L. Shanks Jr. (age 37), was sentenced to multiple life terms of imprisonment by Chief District Judge William C. Griesbach. In September, Shanks was convicted by a jury in Green Bay of conspiring to … Continue reading Wisconsin News: Green Bay Man, David L. Shanks Jr. Sentenced for Distribution of Heroin and Fentanyl, Resulting in One Death and Two Overdoses

Colorado News: DENVER, Joint Statement of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Denver Field Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration regarding the City and County of Denver’s Proposal to Create Supervised Locations to Inject Heroin and Other Illegal Drugs

DENVER, Co. – The Denver City Council recently passed an ordinance that proposes establishing supervised use sites, where drug users would be allowed to lawfully inject heroin and other illegal drugs in a facility operated by a governmental organization or a nonprofit. This proposal still has a number of steps to go before it becomes … Continue reading Colorado News: DENVER, Joint Statement of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Denver Field Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration regarding the City and County of Denver’s Proposal to Create Supervised Locations to Inject Heroin and Other Illegal Drugs

Texas News: CORPUS CHRISTI, Rolando Hinojosa, Local Man Handed Major Sentence in Drug and Money Laundering Conspiracy

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 55-year-old Robstown man has been ordered to federal prison for nearly 20 years following his multiple convictions as related to a cocaine and heroin conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. A federal jury convicted Rolando Hinojosa Jan. 11, 2018, following a two-day trial of conspiracy to possess with intent … Continue reading Texas News: CORPUS CHRISTI, Rolando Hinojosa, Local Man Handed Major Sentence in Drug and Money Laundering Conspiracy

Pennsylvania News: Suburban Pittsburgh Man, Charles D. Outcalt, Jr. Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Possessing Meth

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A former resident of Scott Township, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to a term of imprisonment of five years, to be followed by five years of supervised release on his conviction on charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. United States District Court … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: Suburban Pittsburgh Man, Charles D. Outcalt, Jr. Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Possessing Meth

Oregon News: Portland Nurse, Rene Elene Griffin Nunn Charged with Drug Tafficking

PORTLAND, Ore. – On November 29, 2018, Rene Elene Griffin Nunn, 59, of Vancouver, Washington, made an initial appearance in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jolie A. Russo. A one-count indictment alleges Nunn conspired to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. The indictment also alleges that, between September 2017 and January 2018, Nunn … Continue reading Oregon News: Portland Nurse, Rene Elene Griffin Nunn Charged with Drug Tafficking

South Carolina News: Charleston, Two Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Their Roles in Drug Conspiracy Orchestrated Through the Use of Contraband Phones in Prison

Charleston, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Ignacio Sandoval-Acosta, 47, a Mexican citizen currently serving a sentence for drug trafficking in the South Carolina Department of Corrections, and Scott Terrill Hipp, 27, of Goose Creek, South Carolina, were sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to possess with intent to … Continue reading South Carolina News: Charleston, Two Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Their Roles in Drug Conspiracy Orchestrated Through the Use of Contraband Phones in Prison

Pennsylvania News: Johnstown Man, Laron Harvey Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, Fentanyl and Crack Cocaine

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A resident of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Laron Harvey, 35, pleaded guilty before Chief Judge Joy Flowers Conti. According to information presented to the court, from in and around November 2015, and continuing … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: Johnstown Man, Laron Harvey Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, Fentanyl and Crack Cocaine

WASHINGTON News: The Last Of 21 Latin King Members And Associates Sentenced To 27 Years In Prison For Racketeering Conspiracy Involving Two Murders In Indiana

WASHINGTON – A Cedar Lake, Indiana Latin Kings gang member, was sentenced to 324 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering activity and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana for his role and participation in the Latin Kings street gang, … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: The Last Of 21 Latin King Members And Associates Sentenced To 27 Years In Prison For Racketeering Conspiracy Involving Two Murders In Indiana

North Carolina News: Nashville Man, MICHAEL LEE DRAKE Sentenced for Drug Conspiracy

RALEIGH, N.C. – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced MICHAEL LEE DRAKE, 52, of Nashville, North Carolina to 120 months imprisonment, followed by 8 years of supervised release. DRAKE was named in an Indictment filed on April 19, 2018 … Continue reading North Carolina News: Nashville Man, MICHAEL LEE DRAKE Sentenced for Drug Conspiracy

Louisiana News: Reserve Man, MICHAEL SANDERS Sentenced to 83 Months in Prison for Crack Conspiracy

NEW ORLEANS, La. – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that MICHAEL SANDERS, age 37, of Reserve, was sentenced on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 for charges relating to narcotics trafficking. SANDERS pleaded guilty on February 1, 2018, to conspiring with others to distribute cocaine base (“crack”). Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced SANDERS to 83 months … Continue reading Louisiana News: Reserve Man, MICHAEL SANDERS Sentenced to 83 Months in Prison for Crack Conspiracy

Connecticut News: Bridgeport Man, ROCKY SAMAS Charged with Crack and Cocaine Distribution Offenses

Connecticut – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment yesterday charging ROCKY SAMAS, also known as “Twin,” 47, of Bridgeport, with one count of possession with intent to distribute at 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”), and … Continue reading Connecticut News: Bridgeport Man, ROCKY SAMAS Charged with Crack and Cocaine Distribution Offenses

United States News: Dolores Diana M.B. Westfall Sentenced to Prison in Drug Trafficking Case

United States – SHAWN N. ANDERSON, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that defendant DOLORES DIANA M.B. WESTFALL, age 37, from Yona, was sentenced in District Court to serve a 77-month term of imprisonment for Attempted Possession with Intent to Distribute Fifty Grams or More of Methamphetamine, … Continue reading United States News: Dolores Diana M.B. Westfall Sentenced to Prison in Drug Trafficking Case

Michigan News: DETROIT, New DEA Office in Traverse City, Michigan

Partnership with the Michigan State DETROIT, Mn. – On Monday, November 19, 2018, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Detroit Field Division, announced the opening of the Traverse City Post of Duty. This new post of duty will allow the DEA to better serve Michigan by identifying, disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking organizations and their … Continue reading Michigan News: DETROIT, New DEA Office in Traverse City, Michigan

Nebraska News: Omaha, Deshawn Trent, Motel Room Search Results in Federal Felony Drug Conviction and 81-Month Prison Sentence

Omaha, Nebraska – United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced today that on November 13, 2018, United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr., sentenced Deshawn Trent to a term of imprisonment of 81 months, to be served in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Trent pleaded guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, a felony … Continue reading Nebraska News: Omaha, Deshawn Trent, Motel Room Search Results in Federal Felony Drug Conviction and 81-Month Prison Sentence

South Dakota News: Sioux Falls Man, Brandon Gustav McGuire Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance

Sioux Falls, South Dakota – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on November 13, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Brandon Gustav McGuire, age 31, was sentenced to 147 months in federal prison, followed by 5 … Continue reading South Dakota News: Sioux Falls Man, Brandon Gustav McGuire Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance

Wisconsin News: Mexican Citizen, Jose Facio-Santos Charged in Federal Court with Illegal Reentry into the United States, Drug Distribution and Firearms Charges

Wisconsin – Matthew D. Krueger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a nine-count indictment charging Jose Facio-Santos (age 39), a Mexican citizen, with illegal reentry by a previously deported alien, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, § 1326(a); three counts of … Continue reading Wisconsin News: Mexican Citizen, Jose Facio-Santos Charged in Federal Court with Illegal Reentry into the United States, Drug Distribution and Firearms Charges

Pennsylvania News: West Virginia Man, Durell Anthony Jones Indicted on Charges of Conspiring to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Large Amounts of Meth and Cocaine

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A West Virginia man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, after having first been charged by complaint, on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The two-count indictment, returned on … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: West Virginia Man, Durell Anthony Jones Indicted on Charges of Conspiring to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Large Amounts of Meth and Cocaine

Alabama News: 18 Members and Associates of Selma Street Gang Charged in Mobile Federal Court with Narcotics and Firearm Offenses

Alabama – United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama and DEA Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam announced the unsealing today of a twenty-three count indictment charging 18 members and associates of a Selma-based street gang known as the MLK Gang” with narcotics conspiracy and firearms offenses. A total … Continue reading Alabama News: 18 Members and Associates of Selma Street Gang Charged in Mobile Federal Court with Narcotics and Firearm Offenses

North Carolina News: Rocky Point Man, EDUARDO ROMERO MARTINEZ Sentenced for Distribution and Possession of Cocaine

RALEIGH, N.C. – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that EDUARDO ROMERO MARTINEZ, 39, of Rocky Point, NC, was sentenced by United States District Judge James C. Dever III, on drug charges. Judge Dever sentenced MARTINEZ to 60 months’ imprisonment followed by 3 years of … Continue reading North Carolina News: Rocky Point Man, EDUARDO ROMERO MARTINEZ Sentenced for Distribution and Possession of Cocaine

Ohio News: Cleveland man, Germine Bradley pleads guilty after arrest with large amounts of fentanyl, cocaine, PCP and crack cocaine

Cleveland, Oo. – A Cleveland man pleaded guilty to drug charges in federal court after he was found to have large amounts of fentanyl, cocaine, PCP and crack cocaine. Germine Bradley, 35, pleaded guilty to six counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 14 Bradley, … Continue reading Ohio News: Cleveland man, Germine Bradley pleads guilty after arrest with large amounts of fentanyl, cocaine, PCP and crack cocaine

USVI News: Dominican Republic Man, Tomas Liriano Castillo Re-Sentenced to 121 Months in Prison for Drug Charges and Six Months in Prison for Illegal Entry

St. Thomas, USVI – District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez re-sentenced Tomas Liriano Castillo, 44, to 121 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and six months in prison for illegal entry, United States Attorney … Continue reading USVI News: Dominican Republic Man, Tomas Liriano Castillo Re-Sentenced to 121 Months in Prison for Drug Charges and Six Months in Prison for Illegal Entry

North Carolina News: CHARLOTTE, Record Breaking 29,992 Pounds Of Prescription Drugs Collected In North Carolina During 16th National Take-Back Day

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray announced today that 29,992 pounds of unwanted, unused or expired medications were collected across North Carolina during the 16th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which was held on Saturday, October 27, 2018. This is the highest total collected in North Carolina since the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) began … Continue reading North Carolina News: CHARLOTTE, Record Breaking 29,992 Pounds Of Prescription Drugs Collected In North Carolina During 16th National Take-Back Day