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October 18, 2019

DEA to accept electronic vaping devices and cartridges as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

WASHINGTON – With robust public participation over the course of 17 prior events, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative continues to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation’s homes, where they are vulnerable to misuse, theft or abuse by family members and visitors, including children and teens.

On Saturday, October 26, in continuation of this effort, DEA and its national, tribal and community partners will hold the 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day across the country. The service is free and anonymous.

October 18, 2019

Turner man faces up to 40 years in prison on charges stemming from marijuana cultivation

PORTLAND, Maine - DEA New England Division Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle and U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that a Turner man pleaded guilty in federal court in Portland to manufacturing 100 or more marijuana plants, possessing with intent to distribute marijuana, possessing an unregistered silencer and transferring property subject to forfeiture.

October 17, 2019

Fresno man indicted for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin

FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment today against Israel Chavez Tamayo, 33, of Fresno, charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin, distribution of cocaine, distribution of methamphetamine, and two counts of possessing methamphetamine and heroin with the intent to distribute, U.S. Attorne

October 17, 2019

Salt Lake city man sentenced to over 19 years in federal prison

POCATELLO, Idaho – Francis R. Casildo, 36, of Salt Lake City, Utah, was sentenced to 235 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also sentenced Casildo to serve five years of supervised release once he has completed his prison term. 

October 17, 2019

Phoenix mother indicted, accused of using 13-year-old daughter to hide cocaine

PHOENIX - The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Phoenix Division and the Arizona Attorney General's Office announced the indictment of Rufina Lopez Covarruvia by a State Grand Jury for allegedly using her 13-year-old daughter to try and hide cocaine from officers during a traffic stop. Covarruvia is charged with multiple felony charges including one count of Involving or Using a Minor in a Drug Offense, a Dangerous Crime Against Children.

October 16, 2019

19-year-old sentenced as drug dealer in meth trafficking scheme

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 19-year-old Beeville resident has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of possession with intent to distribute meth, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Houston Division Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy and U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Margarito Keller pleaded guilty May 30.

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