DEA honors federal prosecutors for exemplary work in drug-related cases
SAN DIEGO – The Drug Enforcement Administration San Diego Field Division presented awards to several federal prosecutors for their exemplary service and dedication to DEA’s mission in San Diego and the surrounding counties.
“It was an honor and a privilege to recognize these Assistant U.S. Attorneys along with U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer on behalf of the DEA San Diego Field Division, for their hard work and dedication to the mission of the DEA,” said Special Agent in Charge John W. Callery. “Their relationships directly with the DEA have led to proven results through countless successful prosecutions and the dismantlement of drug trafficking organizations operating in Imperial and San Diego counties and beyond. These AUSAs’ steadfast and unwavering partnership directly with DEA agents and task force officers of the SDFD is to be commended and admired.”
Brandon Kimura, Larry Casper, Kyle Martin, Victor White and Dylan Aste were formally recognized for working tirelessly, hand-in-hand with DEA agents to disrupt the movement of large quantities of narcotics; to dismantle transnational drug trafficking organizations around the world; to target maritime-based narcotics trafficking operations; and to hold dealers responsible for overdose deaths and doctors and pharmacies accountable for overprescribing opioids.
Collectively their efforts resulted in seizures of huge maritime shipments of illicit drugs and millions of dollars of bulk currency shipments; the arrests and indictments of members of command and control structures of drug trafficking organizations; and the collection of significant civil settlement payments.
“During a time when drug overdoses have spiked to unprecedented levels during the pandemic, the accomplishments of these outstanding prosecutors and their DEA partners are even more crucial and impressive,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer. “I am so proud of their dedication and hard work protecting the people of San Diego and Imperial counties from the violence and destruction associated with illegal drugs. And I am so grateful to John Callery and the DEA for this great honor, and for our strong and successful relationship.”