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February 11, 2011

ATF, DEA Investigation Leads To Nine Individuals Indicted For Drug Trafficking


SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - On February 10, 2011, a federal grand jury indicted nine individuals as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement (DEA), jointly with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and (ATF) and the Puerto Rico Police (PRPD), announced today United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez.  The defendants are charged in a five-count indictment with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, crack an

February 11, 2011

Five Defendants Alleged To Have Impersonated FDA Agents Indicted For Conspiring To Extort Pharmaceutical Drug BuyersDominican Extortion Conspiracy Targets U.S. Purchasers Of Offshore Pharmaceuticals


BUFFALO, NY - . - A federal grand jury has indicted the following five individuals for conspiring to commit an act of extortion under the pretense of being a U.S. Food and Drug (FDA) agent:

Jose Miguel Mercado Garcia, 29, of the Dominican Republic;
Zulai Morales, 25, of the Dominican Republic;
Ramona Pichardo, 51, of New York, New York;
Maria Curet, 33, of Providence, Rhode Island; and
Milton Goris, 32, of Miami, Florida.

February 11, 2011

Albany And Valdosta Drug Dealers Sentenced To Serve Federal Prison Time

VALDOSTA, GA. - United States Attorney Michael J. Moore, Middle District of Georgia, announces the sentencing of Corey Faison, age 32, of Valdosta, on January 27, 2011, before the Honorable Hugh Lawson, United States District Judge, and also the sentencing of Jerome Fletcher, age 40, of Albany, and Joe Nathan Morgan, age 39, of Baker County, before the Honorable W. Louis Sands, United States District Judge. All three defendants entered guilty pleas before sentencing.

February 11, 2011

Five Members Of A Staten Island-Based Narcotics Distribution Network Charged With Narcotics And Firearms Offenses

BROOKLYN, NY. - A superseding indictment was unsealed Wednesday, February 9, 2010, in federal court in Brooklyn charging five members of a Staten Island-based crack and powder cocaine distribution network with narcotics and firearms offenses. The defendants appeared at noon today before United States District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis at the U. S. Courthouse, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn.

February 11, 2011

International Internet Drug Distributor Sentenced In Operation Dutch Connection After Extradition To U.S. Gainsville Co-Conspirator Cooperated Against Drug Source

GAINESVILLE, GA. - L'Houssain Mahdioui, 37, of Amsterdam, Netherlands, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge William O’Kelley to federal prison on charges of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and the importation of LSD into the United States. Mahdioui, who was extradited to the United States to face sentencing today, was the final defendant to be sentenced in the case code-named Operation Dutch Connection.

February 10, 2011

Six Arrested In El Paso On Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

EL PASO, TX - Drug Enforcement (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Joseph A. Arabit, Federal Bureau of (FBI) Special Agent in Charge David Cuthbertson and United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced the arrests of six individuals based on two federal grand jury indictments in connection with two major drug trafficking operations in the El Paso/Juarez corridor.

February 10, 2011

Drug Investigations Lead To Treasury 311 Patriot Act Designation Against Lebanese Bank Tied To Hizballah

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Drug Enforcement (DEA) and the Department of the Treasury today announced the identification of The Lebanese Canadian Bank SAL together with its (LCB) as a financial institution of primary money laundering concern under Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT (Section 311) for the bank’s role in facilitating the money laundering activities of an international narcotics trafficking and money laundering network.

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