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December 27, 2016

United States Reaches $34 Million Settlement With Cardinal Health For Civil Penalties Under The Controlled Substances Act

SEATTLE - Cardinal Health has agreed to pay $34 million in civil penalties to resolve allegations that the Lakeland, Florida-based distributor failed to report to the Drug Enforcement (DEA) suspicious orders of Class II controlled substances by pharmacies located in central Florida and Maryland.  The settlement also resolves a civil investigation in the Western District of Washington into Cardinal Health’s failure to maintain adequate records concerning Class II controlled substances in that district.

December 23, 2016

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces $10 Million Civil Penalty Recovery Against New York Pharmaceutical Distributor Kinray, LLC.

(NEW YORK -   - James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York (DEA), and Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the filing and settlement of a civil lawsuit involving Controlled Substances (CSA) claims brought by the United States against Kinray, LLC. (“Kinray”), a New York-based pharmaceutical subsidiary of Cardinal Health, Inc. (“Cardinal”).  The suit was filed on December 19, 2016.  In the consent decree approved yesterday by U.S.

December 22, 2016

Los Angeles Man Arrested On Federal Charges Of Attempting To Smuggle Heroin Wrapped In Christmas Paper Through LAX

LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles man facing federal drug trafficking charges for allegedly trying to smuggle at least a kilogram of heroin on a plane leaving Los Angeles International (LAX) was scheduled to make his first court appearance this afternoon.  James Mitchell, 25, who resides in Pico-Union, was arrested yesterday by special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration after prosecutors on Tuesday filed a criminal complaint in United State

December 22, 2016

Eight Years For New Haven Heroin Trafficker

DEC 22 - NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent-in-Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Elio Delima, also known as “Victor Cuevas” and “Ely,” 39, of New Haven, was sentenced by U.S.

December 21, 2016

Former Law Enforcement Official Sentenced To 25 Years For Drug Trafficking

McALLEN, Texas - A former Drug Enforcement (DEA) task force officer/Mission Police Department investigator has been sentenced for his convictions of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, announced Drug Enforcement (DEA) Houston Division, Special Agent in Charge, Joseph M. Arabit and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. A federal jury sitting in McAllen convicted Hector Mendez, 46, of San Juan, on July 14, 2016, following a six-day trial and approximately three hours of deliberation.

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