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March 20, 2020

DEA’s response to COVID-19

WASHINGTON – During the unprecedented health emergency caused by the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the health and safety of our communities is DEA’s top priority.  DEA is responding appropriately to ensure Americans continue to have access to necessary medications and controlled substances.  DEA’s efforts include supporting prescribing practices that limit exposure, enabling uninterrupted access to practitioners, and safeguarding a consistent and reliable drug supply.

March 19, 2020

DEA Agents Visit Red Lake Indian Reservation

RED LAKE, Minn. – Agents with the DEA Omaha Division spent two days talking with approximately 300 middle school students on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota about the dangers of drugs, the science behind drug abuse and ways to avoid allowing drugs an opportunity to steal their futures. These events took place on February 14th and 20th, 2020.

March 19, 2020

Huntervsville, N.C. man faces federal “dark net” drug charges

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A federal grand jury sitting in Charlotte has returned an indictment against Anthony Blane Byrnes, 19, of Huntersville, N.C., charging him with drug conspiracy and related drug charges for trafficking narcotics he purchased on the dark web, with coordination through Bitcoin ATMs, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

March 19, 2020

Hayesville, N.C. man sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for drug trafficking

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Eugene “Bo” Mashburn, 58, of Hayesville, N.C. today to 135 months in prison, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.  Judge Reidinger also ordered Mashburn to serve five years under court supervision upon completion of his prison sentence. 

March 19, 2020

14 Defendants charged with racketeering, murder, firearms, and narcotics offenses

NEW YORK –  U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration New York Division Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Darcel D. Clark, District Attorney for Bronx County, Dermot Shea, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, Peter C.

March 17, 2020

Leader of Salem area drug distribution network sentenced to ten years in federal prison

PORTLAND, Ore.—The leader of a Salem-area drug distribution network was sentenced on March 11, 2020, to federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine in and around Salem, Oregon.

Isaias Alvarado, 38, a Mexican citizen residing in Salem, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release.

March 17, 2020

Bothell man charged with money laundering using bitcoin

SEATTLE – A Bothell, Washington, man is charged in an eight-count complaint for operating an illegal money exchange business involving bitcoin.  Kenneth Warren Rhule, 26, made his initial appearance on the criminal complaint in U.S. District Court in Seattle on March 10, 2020.

March 17, 2020

Leaders of Colombia’s “Clan Rincon” sentenced to prison terms for roles in international drug trafficking conspiracy

MIAMI –Pedro Nel Rincon-Castillo, 53, a Colombian national and the leader of the “Clan Rincon,” was sentenced yesterday to 235 month in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. The leader’s brother, Omar Rincon-Castillo, 50, and also a Colombian national, was also sentenced to 210 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

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