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December 30, 2016

DEA New York Drug Enforcement Task Force Arrests Georgia Man For Kidnapping, Heroin Trafficking, And Firearms Offenses

(NEW YORK -   - James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York (DEA), Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George P. Beach II, Superintendent of the New York State (NYSP), and James P. O’Neill, Commissioner of the New York City Police (NYPD) announced the arrest of Edwin Cabral Mora, a/k/a “Sosa.” Cabral Mora was arrested yesterday in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and was presented today before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of Georgia and detained on consent.

December 29, 2016

Overdose Investigations Lead To Heroin And Cocaine Distribution Charges Against Bethel Man

DEC 29 - 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 Paul Mignani, 51, of Bethel, was arrested on cocaine and heroin distribution offenses.  The charges stem from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.

December 28, 2016

Fentanyl And Heroin Distributor Pleads Guilty

DEC 28 - CONCORD, N.H. - Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration New England Division and Emily Gray Rice, United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire, announced that Luis Martin Carvajal Gonzalez, also known as Wilfredo Laboy, pleaded guilty to distributing fentanyl and heroin, as well as possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute.

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 States District Court.

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. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 105 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for supplying heroin to a New Haven-based drug trafficking ring.

December 21, 2016

Investigation Leads To Sentencing Of Significant Connecticut Cocaine Trafficker

DEC 21 - 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 that Tyshawn Welborn, also known as “Black,” 38, of Bloomfield, Connecticut was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in New Haven to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking cocaine. Welborn also was ordered to pay a $200,000 fine.

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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