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August 30, 2018

Justice Department announces release of new fentanyl safety video for first responders

WASHINGTON – The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance today released the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders’ companion training video Fentanyl: The Real Deal. The video was produced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help first responders protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected or encountered on the job. The video is available here

August 30, 2018

Buffalo man pleads guilty to selling cocaine

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. and Special Agent in Charge James Hunt, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division announced today that Brandon Washington, 35, of Buffalo, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, and to distribute, between five and 15 kilograms of cocaine. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $5,000,000 fine.

August 30, 2018

Dansville man pleads guilty for his role in meth conspiracy

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. and Special Agent in Charge James Hunt, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division announced today that Kenneth Hoag , 57, of Dansville, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer to possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine. The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.

August 30, 2018

Record settlement reached in University of Michigan hospital drug diversion civil penalty case

DETROIT - The Drug Enforcement Administration and United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan today announced that the University of Michigan Health System has agreed to pay the United States $4.3 million as part of a settlement resolving allegations that UMHS violated certain provisions of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. §§ 801-904. The settlement, which is civil in nature, resulted from a years-long Drug Enforcement Administration investigation of UMHS’s handling of controlled substances.

August 30, 2018

West Michigan methamphetamine ring dismantled

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Special Agent in Charge Timothy Plancon of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Detroit Field Division, Special Agent in Charge Timothy Slater of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Detroit Field Division and U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that eighteen individuals were charged with conspiring to distribute controlled substances, primarily crystal methamphetamine. In conjunction with the arrests, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies executed 12 federal search warrants in Kalamazoo and Benton Harbor, Michigan, and Phoenix, Arizona.

August 30, 2018

Drug dealer caught on surveillance video pleads guilty

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. and Special Agent in Charge James Hunt, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division announced today that Dion Cheatham, 44, of Lockport, N.Y, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 100 grams or more of heroin. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.

August 29, 2018

Two men arrested on methamphetamine charges

BUFFALO, NY – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. and James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s announced that Juan Humberto Martinez-Vega, 47, and Giovani Ramirez-Soto, 26, both citizens of Mexico, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, methamphetamine. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.

August 29, 2018

Dayton doctor sentenced for running pill mill

DAYTON, Ohio – David Kirkwood, 62, of Dayton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 70 months in prison and five years of supervised release for running a pill mill in Dayton.

In August 2017, Kirkwood and his wife, Beverly Kirkwood, pleaded guilty to health care fraud. David Kirkwood also pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful drug trafficking.

August 29, 2018

Lamont Coleman Drug Trafficking Organization charged

HAMMOND, Ind. – Lamont Coleman, 36 years old, and Katrina Owens, 24 years old, both of Gary, Indiana were charged via criminal complaint on Aug. 28, 2018 with conspiracy to distribute heroin. Also charged, in an indictment returned on Aug. 16, 2018, were Leroy Coleman, 55 years old, Tony Petty, 52 years old, and Augustine Pike, 45 years old, all of Gary, Indiana. The indictment contains charges of distribution of heroin.

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