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October 29, 2003

Former Metropolitan Police Officer Sentenced to More Than 10 Years Imprisonment

OCT 29--Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Washington Division, Laura M. Nagel, announced the sentencing of Shawn Verbeke, 30, of Cleveland, Ohio, who was a police officer with the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department from 2000-2002. United States District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema sentenced Verbeke to 130 months imprisonment today on one count of conspiracy to distribute ecstasy and methamphetamine and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

October 13, 2003

Elks Extend "Hands Across the Border" to Kick Off Red Ribbon Week

On October 19, at 4:00 p.m. EDT and its equivalent in time zones across the nation, members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, along with their families and friends, physically joined hands across state lines nationwide to demonstrate their mutual commitment to the fight against drugs. In the Washington area, members of the Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia Elks Association joined hands across the Maryland and District lines at Eastern Avenue and Riggs Road in Chillum. Washington Field Division Demand Reduction Coordinator Linda Lee represented DEA at the event.

August 25, 2003

Leader Of Mahdi Organization Convicted Of Federal RICO, Narcotics Conspiracy And Murder Charges; 20 Other Members Await Sentencing After Pleading Guilty

AUG 25--Washington, D.C. - R.C. Gamble, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Washington Division Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), United States Attorney Roscoe C. Howard, Jr., Chief Charles Ramsey of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Jeffrey R. Roehm, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Washington Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Chief Theresa C.

August 20, 2003

Operation Clean Sweep

AUG 20--On Tuesday, August 19, 2003 the Drug Enforcement Administration with the assistance of Prince William/Manassas City/Manassas Park Narcotics Task Force executed three federal search warrants and attempted to serve sixteen federal criminal complaints. The activity was a result of an earlier operation that began in the year 2000.

August 1, 2003

Local Drug Arrests International Drug Nexus

AUG 1-The DEA-lead investigation dubbed Operation Trifecta began in January 2002 after a seizure of 9,291 kilograms of cocaine from a Mexican fishing vessel in December 1991. It was a multi-jurisdictional investigation that targeted the Ismael Zambada-Garcia Organization, which is one of the largest and most-powerful trafficking organizations in Mexico. The scope of Zambada-Garcia's influence in Mexico is ledgendary and spans nearly thirty years. The Zambada-Garcia Organization is aligned with almost every known drug trafficking organization in Mexico.

June 18, 2003

Man Indicted For Drug Trafficking After Over 800 Lbs. Of Marijuana Seized

JUN 18--Greenbelt, Maryland - Thomas M. DiBiagio, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, announced that a federal grand jury has indicted Samuel Estrada, Jr., age 27, of Bell. California, today for crimes committed in connection with the distribution and conspiracy to distribute over 1000 kilograms of marijuana from California to Maryland.

May 29, 2003

2003 National Police Week

During the month of May, the 2003 National Police Week was held in Washington, DC and the DEA Memorial Service was held in Arlington, VA. The Washington Division Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration supports both of these services which commemorates those who served and lost there lives, for the betterment of all of society. The 2003 National Police Week activities attended by DEA personnel included the 9th Annual Blue Mass, held at St.

May 27, 2003

2003 Ogden 20k Race

MAY 27--Special Agent Mark Simala of Weirton, West Virginia, recently ran the Ogden 20k charity classic, rated as the toughest road race in America. He finished one hour and 22 minutes later, averaging 6:40 per mile, passing 624 other runners, placing fifth in his age group. After the race, S/A Simala was photographed with American running icon Bill Rodgers, "the king of the road" and four-time winner of the Boston and New York Marathons. All monies received went into the fund for the West Virginia State Trooper R.J.

May 14, 2003

DEA's Regional Enforcement Team Portsmouth, Virginia Deployment

DEA's Regional Enforcement Team (RET), assisted the Portsmouth Police Department in a large-scale enforcement operation in 2002, which culminated in February 2003 with federal indictments and the arrest of fifty-two defendants on federal drug trafficking charges. A total of one hundred and seventeen arrests were made based on this RET initiative. Other participating agencies included the Chesapeake Police Department, Norfolk Police Department, United States Postal Inspector's Office, United States Attorney's Office and the City of Portsmouth States Attorney's Office.

April 10, 2003

Virginia Motorcycle Dealership Seized in Methamphetamine Bust

The Glen LILLY Drug Trafficking Organization is responsible for the distribution of multi-pounds of methamphetamine throughout the Bristol Virginia Area. The methamphetamine is sourced from Mexico, transported through Los Angeles and then transported to the Atlanta, Georgia area. The methamphetamine is then transported to the LILLY DEALERSHIP in Abingdon, Virginia. Proceeds from these sales are then transported back to the Los Angelos area using the same specially prepared load vehicles used to transport methamphetamine to the Los Angelos area.

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