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February 11, 2021

Five Related Indictments Target South Bay Drug Distribution Schemes

SAN FRANCISCO – In five related indictments, federal grand juries charged fifteen South Bay residents with crimes related to the distribution of narcotics including heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl in the San Jose area, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux.  In a press conference earlier today, U.S.

February 11, 2021

DEA Washington Division Commemorates African American History Month

Washington, D.C. – As part of a long-standing tradition, the DEA Washington Division will take the month of February to honor the contributions and history of our African American community.

National African American History Month is a time to celebrate our rich diversity. It is also a time to reflect on the accomplishments of African Americans throughout history, and to look forward to what diversity will mean to us all in the future – a topic of particularly rich context and depth here in our Nation’s Capital.

February 11, 2021

Nineteen South Bay Residents Charged in Alleged Scheme to Funnel Drugs into U.S. and Firearms to Mexico

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal grand jury issued a superseding indictment charging fourteen defendants, mostly South Bay residents, with crimes related to two conspiracies—one to transport drugs from Mexico to the San Jose Area, the other to transport firearms illegally from the United States to Mexico, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair.  In a press conference earlier today, U.S.

February 11, 2021

Five Defendants Charged in San Jose Drug Distribution Schemes

SAN FRANCISCO – The Office of the United States Attorney filed criminal complaints against Ramon Covarrubias Rangel, Jorge Lozano Guzman, Alejandro Alvarez, Kelman David De La Cruz Pedroza, and Erick Alexandro Torres Cruz for their alleged respective roles in drug distribution schemes in the San Jose area, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, and Homeland Security Investigations (NorCal) Special Agent in Charge Tatum King.  In a press conference earlier today, U.S.

February 11, 2021

Four Defendants Charged in Alleged Schemes to Transport Methamphetamine from Mexico and Distribute Drugs in San Jose

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal grand jury issued an indictment charging Mark Ogo, Anthony Christian Valdovinos, and William Reidy with conspiracy in relation to a scheme to transport methamphetamine from Mexico to the San Jose area for distribution, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux.  In a separate criminal complaint, Johnathan Ratcliff was charged with distributing methamphetamine in San Francisco.  In a press conference earlier today, U.S.

February 10, 2021

Over 86 Pounds of Suspected Heroin, 1,000 Fentanyl Pills and $200,000 Cash Seized in Ridgewood, Queens: Four Arrests

NEW YORK CITY – An accused major trafficker and three others are charged in connection with a large-scale heroin-packaging mill dismantled in Ridgewood, Queens. Approximately 39 kilograms of suspected heroin, with an estimated street value of $12 million, 1,000 fentanyl pills and $200,000 cash were recovered during the investigation, conducted by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, DEA’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, Group T-21, and Homeland Security Investigations, New York.

February 10, 2021

Cartel Money Launderer Sentenced to 96 Months in Federal Prison

ROANOKE, Va. -- Ana Bella Sanchez-Rios, the former owner and operator of a Martinsville business used to launder more than $4.3 million in profits for an international drug cartel, was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court to 96 months in federal prison.

February 9, 2021

Two Sentenced for Role in Maryland-to-Virginia Heroin Pipeline & Overdose Death

Harrisonburg, Va. – Two of the five defendants charged as part of a conspiracy that trafficked heroin from Maryland to Virginia leading to at least one fatal and one non-fatal overdose were sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg, Special Agent in Charge Jarod A. Forget of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Division and Acting United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar announced.

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