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December 31, 2018

DEA and Attorney General Kilmartin announces $300,000 settlement with Rite Aid for filling prescriptions of Schedule III controlled substances in excess of statutory maximums

PROVIDENCE, RI - Rite Aid has agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty for filling prescriptions at Rhode Island pharmacies of Schedule III controlled substances in excess of statutory maximums announced Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s New England Division, and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.

December 21, 2018

Two Dominican Nationals residing in Lawrence face up to 20 years in prison for drug trafficking

BOSTON – Two Dominican nationals were arrested yesterday and charged with heroin trafficking.

Angel Martinez-Peguero, 27, and his brother Alexander Martinez-Peguero, 38, both of whom resided in Lawrence, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. Angel Martinez-Peguero was additionally charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. They will appear in federal court in Boston this afternoon.

December 20, 2018

Omaha Division Special Agent Carlos Lavastida awarded Enrique S. Camarena Award

OMAHA, Neb. – DEA Special Agent Carlos Lavastida is one of three law enforcement officers from Iowa presented with the Enrique S. Camarena Award by the DEA and United States Attorney’s Offices for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa.  Lavastida, Lieutenant Brad Bollinger of the Sioux City Police Department and Officer Justin Brandt of the Waterloo Police Department were recognized for their commitment to reducing drug abuse.

December 20, 2018

Physician Assistant sentenced to 10 years in prison

OAKLAND, Calif. – David Lague was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and for unlawfully distributing prescription drugs, announced United States Attorney Alex G. Tse, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Chris Nielsen, and Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations Special Agent in Charge Steven J. Ryan.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr., U.S. District Judge. 

December 20, 2018

Eight-week federal trial results in conviction of Chapo associates in Buffalo, NY

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; New York Division, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., and James D. Robnett, IRS Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office, announced today that following an eight week trial, a federal jury has convicted Herman E. Aguirre, a/k/a 007, a/k/a Lucky, a/k/a Primo, a/k/a Freddy, of Brea, California, and Troy R. Gillon, of Lockport, NY, of narcotics conspiracy. Defendant Aguirre was also convicted of operating a continuing criminal enterprise and money laundering conspiracy.

December 20, 2018

Two men arrested for conspiring to distribute heroin and fentanyl

BROOKLYN, N.Y. --A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Douglas Marra, also known as “Dougie,” and Joseph McClean, also known as “Max B,” with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl in Queens between January 2018 and September 2018. McClean and Marra were arrested earlier today, and their initial appearances are scheduled for this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Sanket J. Bulsara.

December 20, 2018

Defendant charged in White Plains Federal Court with felon in possession of a firearm

NEW YORK – Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; New York Division, and Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the filing of a complaint charging Darrell Jones with possessing a firearm subsequent to having been convicted of a felony.  Jones was taken into federal custody today, presented before United States Magistrate Judge Lisa M. Smith, and ordered detained. 

As alleged in the Complaint unsealed today in White Plains federal court[1]:

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