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December 23, 2019

Beltsville cocaine dealer sentenced to 11 years in federal prison

GREENBELT, Md. – U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced Patrick Teon Robinson, age 27, of Beltsville, Maryland, to 11 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and for possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.  The sentence was imposed on Dec. 20, 2019.

December 20, 2019

Boston man sentenced to three years probation for selling crack cocaine to Bedford VA Medical Center residents

BOSTON – A Boston man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for distributing crack cocaine. Austin Wilkerson, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to three years of probation. In 2018, Wilkerson pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine, on the Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus in Bedford.   

December 20, 2019

DEA and FDA shut down 44 websites advertising illegal vaping cartridges

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the seizure of 44 website domains offering to sell illicit vaping cartridges containing THC and other adulterated substances. This enforcement effort – part of Operation Vapor Lock – is a result of DEA’s continued coordination with interagency and law enforcement partners to address the evolving health hazard caused by illicit vaping products.

December 19, 2019

Indiana, California drug-trafficking organizations dismantled

INDIANAPOLIS – DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge J. Michael Gannon and United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that two drug-trafficking organizations with fifteen total members were indicted by a grand jury for charges of drug-trafficking, unlawful use of a communication facility and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The cases were investigated and prosecuted by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

December 19, 2019

Long Island man indicted for causing overdose death in Suffolk County

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Marlon Thompson was arraigned yesterday in federal court in Central Islip before United States Magistrate Judge A. Kathleen Tomlinson on an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and heroin from April 2018 through May 2019, and distribution of a controlled substance containing fentanyl resulting in the fatal overdose of a Fredrick Koenig of Selden, New York, on Dec. 26, 2018. Thompson was ordered detained pending trial.

Thompson was previously detained on state charges and was transferred into federal custody today.

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