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December 21, 2017

Medical Doctor Indicted For Causing Patient’s Overdose Death In Staten Island

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - A second superseding indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging medical doctor Martin Tesher with unlawfully prescribing oxycodone and fentanyl to a patient, Nicholas Benedetto, without legitimate medical purpose, which resulted in Benedetto’s overdose death on March 5, 2016 in Staten Island. Dr. Tesher was previously indicted for unlawfully prescribing thousands of oxycodone pills to patients without a legitimate medical purpose. Dr.

December 21, 2017

Chico Couple Indicted For Trafficking Methamphetamine In Butte And Shasta Counties

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment today against Curtis Dale Sawyer, 52, and Ann Marie Vance, 49, both of Chico, charging them with conspiring to possess and possessing methamphetamine for distribution, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge John J. Martin announced. Vance was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

December 19, 2017

Texas Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Drug Trafficking

SHREVEPORT, La. - A Texas man was sentenced last week to 20 years in prison for conspiring to transport methamphetamine and cocaine, announced Drug Enforcement (DEA) Assistant Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley and Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook. 

December 18, 2017

Two Sentenced To Lengthy Federal Prison Term On Drug Charges

JACKSON, Miss. - Charlie Lee Martin, 54, of Jackson, Mississippi, and Shredewrick Anderson, 42, of Lancaster, California, were sentenced on December 12, 2017, by a U.S. District Judge for their roles in a drug conspiracy, announced Drug Enforcement (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam and U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.

December 18, 2017

DEA New Jersey Welcomes New Special Agent In Charge

NEWARK, N.J. - On October 30, 2017, new Special Agent in (SAC) of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division, Valerie A. Nickerson, reported for duty.  SAC Nickerson is replacing former SAC Carl J. Kotowski, who retired on October 27.  SAC Kotowski oversaw the DEA’s New Jersey Division since April 2013.

December 15, 2017

Houston Man Sentenced To 27 Years In Federal Prison For East Texas Drug Conspiracy

BEAUMONT, Texas - A 45-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy today.

Christopher Wade Ferrell pleaded guilty on May 18, 2017, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 327 months in federal prison on Dec. 15, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

December 15, 2017

Nephews Of Venezuela First Lady Each Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison For Conspiring To Import Cocaine Into The United States

WASHINGTON - Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Raymond Donovan, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Operations Division, announced today that Efrain Antonio Campo (“Campo Flores”) and Franqui Francisco Flores De (“Flores De Freitas”) were each sentenced to 216 months in prison for conspiring to import cocaine into the United States.  A jury convicted Campo Flores and Flores De Freitas on November 18, 2016, following a two-week trial before U.S. District Judge Paul A.

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