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December 13, 2003

Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced to More than 15 Years Imprisonment

Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Washington Division, Laura M. Nagel, announced the sentencing of Henry Antoine Saunders, 26, of Washington, DC, to 181 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his participation in crimes arising from a conspiracy to distribute powder cocaine in Maryland and Washington, DC.

December 13, 2003

Members of Heroin Drug Trafficking Organization Indicted

Washington, DC- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Special Agent-in-Charge, Ms. Laura M. Nagel announced that 7 defendants were indicted this week for crimes arising from a heroin trafficking operation. The indictment charges the following defendants with participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin from July to December, 2003:

Kofi Mensah, a.k.a. “Na-Na”, age 35, a Ghanaian citizen, of New York City;

Edwin Ncube, a.k.a. “Edwin Afrifa”, age 38; a Ghanaian citizen, of Elkridge and Laurel, Maryland;

Jamar Holt, age 27, of Baltimore, Maryland;

December 13, 2003

Federal Grand Jury Returns Superceding Indictment Against Members of Major Drug Organization

SAC Laura M. Nagel of DEA’s Washington Division announced a further step in a joint law enforcement operation targeting the narcotics trade and related violence in Northeast Washington, D.C. Today, 21 defendants were arraigned by United States District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer on a superceding indictment returned by the grand jury on December 3, 2004. The defendants, largely centered in northeast Washington, have been charged with federal racketeering, narcotics and firearms charges, and on murder, attempted murder, attempted killing of a police officer, and armed robbery.

December 12, 2003

Former Baltimore City Police Officer Sentenced For Conspiracy To Distribute Cocaine

DEC 12--Washington, D.C. - The Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), announced today that Eduardo Munoz, age 33, a former Baltimore City Police Officer who resided in Ellicott City, Maryland was sentenced by United States District Judge Catherine C. Blake to 57 months in prison followed by 2 years supervised release for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

November 24, 2003

7 Defendants Indicted On Drug Trafficking And Money Laundering And Gun Charges

NOV 24--Washington, DC- The Drug Enforcement Administration's Special Agent-in-Charge Laura Nagel, announced yesterday that a federal grand jury in the District of Maryland returned an 18 count superseding indictment charging 7 individuals with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack base and phencyclidine (PCP), in the Palmer Park area of Prince George's County, Maryland between 1999 and June 12, 2003.

The individuals charged in the drug conspiracy include:

November 24, 2003

16 Defendants Indicted On Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering And Gun Charges

Washington, DC- The United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, Special Agent-in-Charge Laura M. Nagel announced that the federal grand jury for the District of Maryland returned a superseding indictment charging 16 defendants with drug trafficking, money laundering and possession of firearms.

November 20, 2003

NINETEEN PERSONS INVOLVED IN A DOMINICAN BASED ORGANIZATION ARE INDICTED ON DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES

Washington, DC- The Washington Division Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in conjunction with the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, the Washington Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Montgomery County Police Department, the Prince George's County Police Department and the Calvert County Police Department announced the culmination of a major investigation into the activities of a drug trafficking organization based in the Dominican Republic.

October 30, 2003

National Red Ribbon Week

OCT 30—The National Red Ribbon Week commemorates DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena. Agent Camarena was abducted, tortured and brutally murdered in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1985. Agent Camerena sacrificed his life in the fight against drugs. The communities across the country and the nation rallied behind a campaign which served as a reminder of the harm caused by drugs. The campaign expressed the need for anti-drug programs and the campaign would allow the dedicated actions of Americans to show their opposition to drugs.

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.

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