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December 21, 2012

Drug Trafficker Sentenced To 24 Years In Federal Prison

PHOENIX - On December 19, 2012, Doug Coleman, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement (DEA) Phoenix Field Division and U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo announced that Francisco Alfredo Montes-Vargas, of Culiacan, Mexico, was sentenced to 292 months in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. A federal jury previously found Montes-Vargas guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.

December 21, 2012

DEA’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force And NJSP Search Of Quiet Neighborhood Home Uncovers Heroin Mill And $6 Million Of Heroin

CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. -   The United States Drug Enforcement (DEA) New York Drug Enforcement Task (NYDETF) and New Jersey State (NJSP) detectives assigned to the Drug Trafficking North Unit executed a search warrant at 423 Nelson Avenue, an upscale residential neighborhood on December 20th.  As they were about to approach the home, Julio Cesar Mendoza, 34, of 574 161st Street, New York N.Y.

December 21, 2012

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges 13 Members And Associates Of Lower East Side Narcotics Organization With Narcotics And Firearms Offenses

MANHATTAN, N.Y. -   Brian R. Crowell, Special Agent in Charge, New York Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement (DEA) and United States Attorney, Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Raymond W. Kelly, Commissioner of the Police Department for the City of New (NYPD) announced yesterday the unsealing of an Indictment in Manhattan federal court charging 13 members and associates of a drug trafficking (the “Organization”) operating in the Lower East Side of Manhattan with narcotics trafficking and firearms offenses.

December 20, 2012

Ten Members Of Fraudulent Prescription Ring Arrested

OAKLAND, Calif. - On December 18, 2012, ten people were arrested for their participation in a network that obtained significant quantities of prescription narcotics through forged prescriptions, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams and United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.

December 20, 2012

Two Florida Men Sentenced For Heroin Conspiracy

ORLANDO, Fla. - Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Robert E. O’Neill, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, announced today that Senior U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp sentenced Jose Manuel (41, Orlando) to life in prison and Julian (45, Miami) to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin.  Jorge and Gil were indicted on July 12, 2012. They were convicted by a federal jury on September 19, 2012.

December 19, 2012

Doctor Who Supplied Oxycodone Ring Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To 36 Months In Prison

MANHATTAN, N.Y. -   Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Brian R. Crowell, the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement (DEA) announced that Diana Williamson, a doctor who supplied an oxycodone trafficking organization with fake prescriptions that were filled using Medicaid dollars, was sentenced yesterday in Manhattan federal court to 36 months in prison.

December 19, 2012

Owner Of Tebbs Headshops Pleads Guilty In Federal Court To Selling Bath Salts

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -  Brian R. Crowell, Special Agent in Charge, New York Division U.S. Drug Enforcement (DEA) and United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced that John Tebbetts, 33, of, Floyd, NY, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court in Syracuse to possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances, controlled substance analogues, and engaging in a monetary transaction in property derived from specified unlawful activity. 

December 19, 2012

Eleven Members Convicted In Phoenix Area Marijuana Distribution Conspiracy

PHOENIX - On April 25, 2012, a federal grand jury in Phoenix returned a 76 count superseding indictment against 11 defendants charging them with multiple crimes including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, structuring financial transactions through a domestic financial institution and promotional money laundering. The defendants are being held until sentencing. 

December 18, 2012

Little Rock Medical Clinic CEO Pleads Guilty To Drug Possession Scheme

DEC 18 -- (Little Rock, Ark.) - Beginning in April 2012, the DEA Little Rock Tactical Diversion (TDS) began receiving information from various pharmacies in the Central Arkansas area regarding call-in and facsimile prescriptions written in the name of James Derek Johnston.  Johnston, who is a Certified Public Accountant, was identified as the CEO of the Little Rock Diagnostic Clinic.  These prescriptions were all purportedly written by a certain physician at the Little Rock Diagnostic (LRDC).  During the investigation, an exhaustive review of pharmacy records reveale

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