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December 18, 2019

Three men sentenced to federal prison for smuggling nearly $200 million of cocaine on board a semi-submersible submarine

TAMPA, Fla. - Carlos Chavez-Aguirre, 35, Yesid Caicedo Asprilla, 50, and David Hurtado Vallecilla, 45, all Colombian nationals, were sentenced to 20, 12, and 11 years, respectively, in federal prison terms for conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine while onboard a vessel to the United States. They had pleaded guilty in August and September 2019.

December 18, 2019

DEA and U.S. Coast Guard announce 18,000 pound cocaine offload in San Diego

SAN DIEGO – The DEA and U.S. Coast Guard announced today a significant offload of drugs seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Agents with the DEA and the crew of the USCG Cutter Bertholf offloaded 18,000 pounds of cocaine – worth an estimated $312 million – at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego.

December 17, 2019

Rochester man sentenced for role in drug conspiracy

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. and DEA New York Division Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan announced today that Pablo Rentas-Torres, 36, of Rochester, who was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine was sentenced to serve 27 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

December 17, 2019

Clarence surgeon sentenced on drug charge and lying to the DEA

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., and DEA New York Division Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan announced today that Dr. Anthony Leone, 55, of Clarence, N.Y., who was convicted of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and making material false statements, was sentenced to two years’ probation, to include three months home confinement, by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

December 17, 2019

Three-day span in December nets 240 pounds of methamphetamine and more than $289,000 for DEA Omaha Division agents

OMAHA, Neb. – In a three-day span beginning Dec. 5, the DEA Omaha Division, in coordination with  state and local law enforcement partners, arrested five people and seized 240 pounds of methamphetamine, two kilograms of heroin, one stolen handgun and $289,269 in drug profits. Four of the five arrests and 225 pounds of the methamphetamine came from Minnesota, while agents in Omaha seized $134,269 in a single operation.

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