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November 7, 2018

Unanimous jury convicts heroin supplier after four-day trial

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Acting Special Agent in Charge Keith Kruskall, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Leibys Mercedes was found guilty today of conspiring to distribute heroin. A unanimous jury convicted Mercedes after a four-day trial before United States District Judge Kenneth M. Karas.

November 6, 2018

Heroin trafficking ring “investor” convicted at trial

ALBANY, N.Y. – A jury voted yesterday to convict Danielle Conners, age 33, of Plattsburgh, New York, of conspiracy to distribute heroin, following a six-day trial.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Acting Special Agent in Charge Keith Kruskall, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division; and Clinton County Sheriff David Favro.

November 6, 2018

Steroid distribution results in four convictions

OKLAHOMA CITY – Four defendants have entered guilty pleas to charges stemming from a steroid-distribution ring, announced Robert J. Troester of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Between October 3 and November 2, Christopher Thomas Caplinger, 55, of Edmond, Oklahoma; Donald Ray Vincent, Jr., 54, of Edmond; Deborah Ann Crawford, 47, of Oklahoma City; and Michael Brandon Schott, 35, of Newport News, Virginia, have been found guilty of a steroid offense or conspiring to launder the proceeds of that offense, announced Special Agent in Charge Clyde E. Shelley, Jr.

November 6, 2018

Over 17 tons of prescription drugs collected in the Pacific Northwest during the 16th National Take Back Day

SEATTLE -  With the robust participation of Americans nationwide, DEA and its law enforcement partners have now surpassed its 10 million pound goal and collected nearly 11 million pounds of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications over the course of 16 successful DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back events. During the 16th semiannual event on Oct. 27, DEA and federal, state and local partners disposed of more than 900,000 pounds of prescription medications collected at nearly 6,000 sites across the country.

November 5, 2018

DEA announces 39,615 pounds of prescription drugs collected during Take-Back Event

PHILADELPHIA -- Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jon Wilson of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Philadelphia Field Division announced today that 39,615 pounds of prescription drugs were collected across Pennsylvania and Delaware by the DEA and its partners during the Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. 

A specific breakdown of amounts collected by regions across Pennsylvania, where a total of 35,864 pounds was collected, and Delaware, where a total of 3,739 pounds was collected, is listed below:

November 5, 2018

Florida man pleads guilty to cocaine charge in Rochester, N.Y.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Acting Special Agent in Charge Keith Kruskall, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Josue Vega, 37, of Kissimmee, Florida, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years, and a $1,000,000 fine.

November 5, 2018

Man sentenced to serve 60 months resulting from DEA undercover operation

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Acting Special Agent in Charge Keith Kruskall, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Levon Dickson, 44, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine, was sentenced to serve 60 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

November 5, 2018

DEA achieves significant milestone during 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

NEW ORLEANS – With the robust participation of Americans nationwide, DEA and its law enforcement partners have now surpassed its 10 million pound goal and collected nearly 11 million pounds of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications over the course of 16 successful DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back events. During the 16th semiannual event on Oct. 27, DEA and federal, state and local partners disposed of more than 900,000 pounds of prescription medications collected at nearly 6,000 sites across the country.

November 5, 2018

Tonawanda cocaine dealer sentenced to 36 months

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Acting Special Agent in Charge Keith Kruskall, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jesus Rojas, 32, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine and crack cocaine, was sentenced to serve 36 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

November 2, 2018

DEA achieves significant milestone during 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

WASHINGTON – With the robust participation of Americans nationwide, DEA and its law enforcement partners have now surpassed its 10 million pound goal and collected nearly 11 million pounds of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications over the course of 16 successful DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back events. During the 16th semiannual event on Oct. 27, DEA and federal, state and local partners disposed of more than 900,000 pounds of prescription medications collected at nearly 6,000 sites across the country.

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