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December 14, 2018

Long Island man sentenced to 90 months’ imprisonment for fentanyl trafficking

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, Jamal Brown was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 90 months’ imprisonment for distributing and possessing with intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl between July 2017 and February 2018. Brown pleaded guilty to the charge in May 2018.

United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard P. Donoghue, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge for the New York Division Ray Donovan announced the sentence.

December 14, 2018

Father and son among 18 defendants charged in federal investigation

CHICAGO — A father and son are among 18 individuals facing criminal charges as part of a federal investigation into cocaine trafficking in the Chicago area.

During the multi-year investigation, dubbed “Operation Flawed Deal,” law enforcement seized multiple bank accounts, more than a kilogram of cocaine, a Mercedes G63 sport-utility vehicle, and two handguns, including one with an extended magazine. The defendants allegedly distributed cocaine to hundreds of customers in the Chicago area, with drivers dispatched to make door-to-door deliveries.

December 13, 2018

DEA’s New York Division welcomes Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan

NEW YORK – Born and raised in New York City, Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan returns home to lead the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division in its mission to disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations worldwide.  With a noteworthy background, Mr. Donovan brings a mixture of highly sophisticated investigative techniques and good old fashioned police work to dismantle drug trafficking and money laundering organizations in New York and around the globe. 

December 12, 2018

Boston man sentenced to 19 years in prison for possession of fentanyl, cocaine, firearm and ammunition

BOSTON – A Boston man was sentenced today for federal drug and firearm charges arising out of a large-scale seizure of fentanyl and other contraband.  Edgar Belis, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 19 years in prison and five years of supervised release. In April 2018, Belis pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

December 11, 2018

Warren County doctor sentenced for illegally distributing opioids and Medicare fraud

ST. LOUIS – Dr. Philip Dean, 62, a resident of Warren County, Missouri, was sentenced today to 40 months of imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution to the Medicare and Medicaid programs in the amount of $312,377. Dr. Dean previously pled guilty today to two felony charges, illegally distributing opiate medications and making a false statement to the Medicare program, on Aug. 22, 2018.  Dr. Dean was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge E. Richard Webber. 

December 11, 2018

Pittsfield woman sentenced to 46 months for oxycodone and heroin conspiracy

BANGOR, Maine – Brian D. Boyle Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s New England Division and United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Deborah Toothaker, 55, of Pittsfield, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 46 months in prison and three years of  supervised release for conspiring to distribute oxycodone and heroin.  She pled guilty on July 23, 2018.

December 11, 2018

Gardiner woman sentenced to 70 months for heroin, crack and fentanyl conspiracy

BANGOR, Maine – Brian D. Boyle Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s New England Division and United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Nicole Truman, 36, of Gardiner, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine base, commonly known as “crack,” and fentanyl.  She pled guilty on May 24, 2018.

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