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January 15, 2021

DEA Announces Expansion of Operation Crystal Shield

WASHINGTON – Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Timothy J. Shea announced the expansion of Operation Crystal Shield. This expansion includes the designation of two additional methamphetamine “transportation hubs” in 2021.

January 14, 2021

Six month investigation into Trenton gang yields 18 arrests with guns and drugs seized

TRENTON, N.J. – Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division Susan A. Gibson, and Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri today announced that a six-month, multi-jurisdictional investigation of narcotics distribution and violent crime in the Mercer County area has culminated with the arrest of 18 individuals and the seizure of approximately 1,000 grams of heroin, 1,000 grams of methamphetamine, 15 pounds of marijuana, 11 guns, six vehicles and more than $22,000 in cash.   

January 14, 2021

Manchester man sentenced to five years in prison for dealing fentanyl

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – DEA New England Division Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle and John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MIKE CRUZ, also known as Mike Flores and “Mega,” 31, of Manchester, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing fentanyl.  Judge Meyer also ordered Cruz to pay a $10,000 fine. 

January 14, 2021

DEA and SAMHSA announce winners of Red Ribbon Week campus video Public Service Announcement contest

WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration named North Dakota State College of Science, and the University of Miami winners of the 5th Annual Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest. The contest, co-sponsored by DEA and SAMHSA, was part of the 2020 Red Ribbon Week activities. Participants produced a 30- to 60-second video public service announcement focusing on the dangers of alcohol and drug misuse among college students.

January 14, 2021

DEA 2020 Year in Review: Combatting Serious Drug-Related Threats During the Pandemic

WASHINGTON – With the unprecedented worldwide health emergency brought on by COVID-19, last year was filled with new challenges and increased risks. While much of the world focused on combating the pandemic, DEA continued to implement initiatives to combat violent drug traffickers who were intent on flooding cities and rural areas alike with illicit, deadly drugs.

January 14, 2021

Dominican National sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking

BOSTON – A Dominican national was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for heroin trafficking. 

Angel Martinez-Peguero, 30, who previously resided in Lawrence, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to 10 years in prison and four years of supervised release.

January 14, 2021

Oklahoma Files First Degree Murder on Drug Dealer

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter has filed first degree murder and drug distribution charges on an alleged drug dealer and is continuing an investigation into the supply chain.

 According to court documents, Jerry Leflore, 32, is accused of selling fake Oxycodone pills that contained Fentanyl to two individuals, one who died shortly after leaving his apartment.

A medical examiner determined the 30-year-old female died as a result of mixed drug toxicity with Fentanyl being a contributing factor.

January 13, 2021

Arizona Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Interstate Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

OMAHA, Neb. – United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Reiko Elio Penunuri, 42, of Arizona, was sentenced January 13 in federal court in Omaha for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and for use of facilities in interstate commerce in aid of racketeering. A cellular phone is a “facility” as used in the relevant criminal statute. United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Penunuri to 20 years imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, Penunuri will serve a five-year term of supervised release. 

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