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March 6, 2008

11 Conspirators Indicted for Importing Large Quantities of Cocaine and Heroin

MAR 6 -- (Baltimore, MD) - A grand jury indicted 11 conspirators for conspiracy to import and sell five kilograms or more of cocaine and one kilogram or more of heroin during a seven year period, announced Carl J. Kotowski, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office along with United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. One defendant is also charged with making a false statement in a passport application.

January 29, 2008

5 Arrested, Meth Lab Seized in Spotsylvania County

JAN 29 -- In the predawn hours of January 18th, law enforcement officers from the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, executed four high-risk search warrants in the Sylvania Heights section of Spotsylvania County.

December 3, 2007

Washington D.C. Drug Dealer Sentenced to 14 Years

DEC 3 --Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Kenneth Cortez Minor, age 46, of Washington, D.C. today to 14 years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

October 29, 2007

Baltimore District Office Presents $300K in Asset Forfeiture Checks to State and City Officials

OCT 29 -- (Baltimore, MD) Carl J. Kotowski, Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Baltimore District Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland and Pat Monardo, Deputy Chief, United States Marshals Service District of Maryland, presented Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld, Baltimore City Police Department and Terrence Sheridan, Superintendent, Maryland State Police, with asset forfeiture checks.

October 16, 2007

Presentation of Asset Forfeiture Checks: Share the Wealth

OCT 16 -- Carl J. Kotowski, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office, Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland and Pat Monardo, Deputy Chief, United States Marshals Service District of Maryland, will be joined by Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld, Baltimore City Police Department and Terrence Sheridan, Superintendent, Maryland States Police, for a presentation of asset forfeiture checks to the Maryland State Police and the Baltimore City Police on October 23, 2007.

September 18, 2007

Union Bank of California Enters Into Deferred Prosecution Agreement And Forfeits $21.6 Million To Resolve Bank Secrecy Act Violations

SEP 18 -- WASHINGTON – Union Bank of California, N.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of UnionBanCal Corporation, based in San Francisco, has entered into a deferred prosecution agreement on charges of failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program and will forfeit $21.6 million to the U.S. government, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Karen Tandy announced today.

August 6, 2007

American Express Bank International Enters Into Deferred Prosecution Agreement And Forfeits $55 Million To Resolve Bank Secrecy Act Violations

AUG 6 -- WASHINGTON – Miami-based American Express Bank International has entered into a deferred prosecution agreement on charges of failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program and will forfeit $55 million to the U.S. government, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Karen Tandy announced today.

July 24, 2007

Mexican Fugitive and Co-Conspirator Arrested on U.S. Drug, Money Laundering Charges

JUL 24 -- WASHINGTON – The owner of a pharmaceutical wholesale business based in Mexico City and a co-conspirator have been arrested in the United States on drug and money laundering charges, respectively, for allegedly conspiring to aid and abet the manufacturing of methamphetamine, knowing that it would be imported into the United States, the Department of Justice announced today.

July 11, 2007

Newport News Drug Dealer Sentenced to 40 Years in Federal Prison

JUL 11 -- (Newport News, VA) - Frederick Lee Hudson, 26, a.k.a. Michael Deon Booze, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute crack and ecstasy and discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. Hudson had previously pled guilty on April 3, 2007. Chuck Rosenberg, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Edgar A. Domenech, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Shawn A. Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington Division; J.D.

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