ALEXANDRIA, VA. - The leader and members of an international heroin trafficking ring have been charged with using couriers to smuggle heroin from Ghana into the United States, a sign of the growth of West Africa as a major hub for international drug trafficking. Today’s charges were made public after coordinated arrests in Ghana, Maryland, and New York.
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BOSTON, MA. - The United States has reached a civil settlement with a Georgetown pharmacy and its owner in connection with civil drug diversion allegations.
Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division and U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced that Georgetown Pharmacy and its owner, Joseph Lamonica, have agreed to pay $40,000 in settlement of the government’s claims.
BOISE - Gregory Norman Josi, 43, of Hillsboro, Oregon, was sentenced in federal court today to 30 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, and possess with the intent to distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. Josi was also ordered to forfeit $150,000 in proceeds that he obtained from his drug trafficking activities. He pled guilty to the charge on August 31, 2010.
Former Children’s Emergency Room Doctor Pleads Guilty To Obtaining Controlled Substances By Fraud And Deceit
DENVER, CO. - Louis Hampers, MD, of Denver, pled guilty this morning before U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn to 14 counts of obtaining a controlled substance, hydrocodone, by misrepresentation, fraud, deception or subterfuge. Hampers, who was present at today’s hearing, is on 24-hour home detention. Judge Blackburn is scheduled to sentence Hampers on October 20, 2011.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Moments before jury empanelment was scheduled to begin Wednesday in the federal court trial of a Jamaica Plain, Mass., man charged with participating in a heroin trafficking conspiracy, the defendant pleaded guilty as charged. Emanuel Hilario, 31, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin. Hilario faces between five and forty years in federal prison, to be followed by a minimum of four years of supervised release.
37 Alleged Members And Associates Of An International Ethnic-Albanian Organized Crime Syndicate ArrestedDefendants Charged With Trafficking Cocaine, Marijuana, MDMA And Prescription Drugs, And Laundering Tens Of Millions Of Dollars In Narcotics Proceeds
BROOKLYN, NY. - An indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging 37 members and associates of an international drug trafficking syndicate led by ethnic Albanians located in the United States, Canada and (the “syndicate”). According to the indictment and a detention letter filed today by the government, the syndicate comprises several inter-related ethnic Albanian family (also known as “fis”) with hundreds
of associated members, workers and customers spanning three continents.
SEATTLE - Mario Gonzalez Rubio Garcia, aka “Johnny,” 36, of Tacoma, Washington, was sentenced today to ten years in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute heroin. Rubio Garcia was indicted along with 25 other defendants as part of “Project Deliverance,” a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration led investigation of a heroin trafficking ring that delivered large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine from Mexican cartels to street level customers in the Tacoma area.
BOISE - Mark Thomas, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Seattle Field Division, announced that Jose Cirilo-Duran, 62, of Weiser, Juana Salto-Vivanco, 29, of Caldwell and Juan Ramirez- Bolanos, 39, of Caldwell, were sentenced to federal prison in early July for drug trafficking.
FRESNO, CA -- - United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent-in-Charge Anthony Williams announced that on Monday, Jasdev “Jesse” Singh, 35, an automotive repair business owner in Bakersfield, was sentenced to seven years in prison, ordered to forfeit $1,011,067 in cash, and fined $2,000 for drug trafficking.
Leader Of International Money Laundering Organization Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To Nine Years In Prison
MANHATTAN, NY. - John P. Gilbride, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Drug Enforcement (DEA) and Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that David Eduardo Helmut Murcia Guzmán, the founder of the Colombian marketing giant D.M.G. ("DMG"), was sentenced Friday, July 8, 2011 to nine years in prison for his participation in a scheme to launder millions of dollars' worth of illicit funds, including narcotics proceeds, through DMG. Murcia Guzmán was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by U.S.