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October 18, 2018

Two South Denver pharmacists plead guilty to felony charges of illegally distributing opioids

DENVER – Stanley (Stan) G. Callas, age 66, of Parker, and Scott Alan Eskanos, age 63, of Highlands Ranch, pled guilty today before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn to charges related to the illegal dispensing and distribution of controlled substances, U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer and DEA Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Tim McDermott announced. Both defendants are scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Blackburn on March 14, 2019.

October 17, 2018

Indiana doctor sentenced after pleading guilty to two counts of dealing in a controlled substance by a practitioner

COLOMBIA CITY, Ind.- Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney D.J. Sigler, in conjunction with the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, Office of the Attorney General, Indiana State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration, announced today that Dr. James E. Hanus, a former family practice physician with offices in South Whitley, Indiana, was sentenced in Whitley County Superior Court pursuant to a Guilty Plea to two counts of Dealing in a Controlled Substance by a Practitioner. 

October 16, 2018

DEA to kick off annual Red Ribbon Campaign

WASHINGTON – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration is gearing up to kick off its annual Red Ribbon Campaign, the nation’s largest drug prevention effort, which launches October 23.

The National Red Ribbon Campaign began after drug traffickers in Mexico tortured and brutally murdered Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in March 1985. Red Ribbon Week is officially celebrated nationally from October 23-31; however, communities and school districts nationwide hold events throughout the month.

October 16, 2018

Justice, Treasury, and State Departments announce coordinated enforcement efforts against Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion

WASHINGTON – The United States of America, through its Departments of Justice, Treasury, and State announced today a series of measures to target and dismantle the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) – one of the largest, most dangerous drug cartels currently operating in Mexico. These measures include the unsealing of 15 indictments, the State Department’s approval of large rewards, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designations, and the establishment of a citizen tip-line.  

October 16, 2018

Meth traffickers shipped drugs to Hawaii disguised as Aztec objects

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Federal authorities this morning arrested eight defendants named in a grand jury indictment that alleges a scheme to send methamphetamine to Hawaii, including nearly 12 kilograms of narcotics made to look like decorative Aztec calendars and statues.

Today’s arrests follow the filing of a seven-count indictment on October 10. A ninth defendant charged in the indictment was already in federal custody on an unrelated case.

October 16, 2018

Reno man sentenced to 15 years in prison for selling methamphetamine and heroin

RENO, Nev. - LeCharles Edward Baldon Sr. was sentenced Monday to 184 months in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine and heroin in the Reno area, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada, Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI Las Vegas Division, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Daniel W. Neill for the DEA Las Vegas office.

Baldon pleaded guilty in May to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. United States District Judge Larry R. Hicks presided over the sentencing hearing.

October 16, 2018

Grape Street Crips member indicted for murder of innocent bystander

NEWARK, N.J. – Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division, Valerie A. Nickerson, and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Craig Carpenito, announced a member of the Grape Street Crips gang was indicted today on additional charges in connection with the murder of a bystander at a summer cookout in 2010.

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