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February 1, 2019

Man caught twice in possession of meth pleads guilty

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; New York Division, and U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., announced that Scott Schafer, 39, of Rochester, New York, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, methamphetamine. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine, or both.

February 1, 2019

Meth on the rise in New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – In August 2018, the DEA Intelligence Program, in conjunction with the NY/NJ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program and the NJ State Police Regional Operations Intelligence Center’s Drug Monitoring Initiative assessed the methamphetamine drug threat in New Jersey. The results of the program show that state law enforcement trends show an evolving methamphetamine threat concentrated in the southern region of New Jersey. The vast majority of methamphetamine distributed in New Jersey originates in Mexico and has a very high purity level.

February 1, 2019

Dominican national sentenced for participating in fentanyl conspiracy

BOSTON – A Dominican national was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with his participation in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl. 

Angel Milciades Santana Polanco, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In November 2018, Santana Polanco pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute more than 400 grams or more of fentanyl. 

January 31, 2019

Three Butte County residents indicted for trafficking in fentanyl-laced pills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a three-count superseding indictment today against Guillermo Jose Leon Ramirez, 41, of Oroville; Justin James Garcia, 44, of Oroville; and William Lee Vollendroff, 43, of Palermo, charging them with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and two counts of distribution of fentanyl, announced U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Chris Nielsen, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott, and Butte County Sheriff Kory L. Honea.

January 31, 2019

Approximately 70 pounds of heroin and fentanyl seized from wholesale distribution network in the Bronx and Yonkers

NEW YORK – DEA New York Division Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, New York State Police Acting Superintendent Keith M. Corlett and Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced the indictment of five individuals, including four linked to a wholesale heroin and fentanyl distribution network in the Bronx and one who represented a Mexico-based narcotics supply organization.

January 31, 2019

Joint operation leads to dismantlement of meth ring in Jamestown, NY

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; New York Division, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., announced that Mark R. Maio, 34, Brittany L. Dellahoy, 28, both of East Randolph, NY, and Brandon Smith, 32, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, methamphetamine and cocaine, and maintaining a drug involved premises. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

January 30, 2019

Lynn man admits to causing overdose death of Melrose resident, faces up to 40 years in prison for fentanyl and heroin distribution

BOSTON – A Lynn man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to multiple drug charges associated with his distribution of heroin and fentanyl, which led to the 2017 overdose death of a Melrose resident.

Yeffry Reynoso, aka Chris, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin and at least 40 grams of fentanyl in 2016 and 2017. Reynoso also pleaded guilty to six counts of distributing heroin or fentanyl on various dates in 2017. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton scheduled sentencing for May 9, 2019.

January 30, 2019

Holland man pleads guilty to marijuana manufacturing and money laundering

BOSTON – A Holland man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Worcester to drug and money laundering charges.

Peter Molle Jr., 36, pleaded guilty to two counts of manufacturing marijuana and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute and one count of money laundering. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled sentencing for April 29, 2019. Molle was arrested in December 2017. 

January 30, 2019

Two Lowell men charged with fentanyl and heroin trafficking

BOSTON – Two Lowell men were indicted today in federal court in Boston for heroin and fentanyl trafficking.

Joshua Ramos-Rios, 30, and Anderson Daniel Jorge Cruz, 20, were indicted for conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and fentanyl. Ramos-Rios and Jorge Cruz were arrested on Jan. 23, 2019, and charged by complaint. They have been in custody since.

January 29, 2019

Southeastern Connecticut heroin trafficker sentenced to 12 years in federal prison

HARTFORD, Conn. DEA New England Division Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle and United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut John H. Durham announced that Michael Luciano, 33, of New London, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 144 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin. 

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