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September 3, 2020

Kansas City, Kansas, defendants sentenced to 20 years in meth lab fire

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Two defendants who were arrested after their meth lab caught fire were sentenced today to federal prison.

Orlando Cortez-Nieto, 43, and Jesus Cervantes-Aguiler, 23, both of Kansas City, Kan., were sentenced to 20 years each.

During a jury trial in July 2019, the defendants were convicted on charges including conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

September 3, 2020

Texas man who ran Kansas City drug ring sentenced to 21 years

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Texas man who oversaw a drug ring in the Kansas City metro area was sentenced Wednesday to 262 months in federal prison in a case investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division, Kansas City District Office.

Jorge Portillo-Uranga, 36, Teague, Texas, pleaded guilty to seven felony counts, including conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

September 2, 2020

Union County woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine

NEWARK, N.J. – Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division, Susan A. Gibson, and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Craig Carpenito, announced a Union County, New Jersey, woman was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for possessing with intent to distribute over 900 grams of methamphetamine.

September 2, 2020

Dominican citizen extradited to U.S. for drug trafficking through sham internet pharmacy

New York, NY – Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New Jersey Division, Susan A. Gibson, Acting U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strauss, and the Inspector in Charge of the New Jersey Office of the Unites States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), James Buthorn, announced today that Jose Francisco Guzman-Cabrera, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, was extradited yesterday from the Dominican Republic.

September 2, 2020

Federal jury convicts two men of cocaine conspiracy spanning from Houston to Buffalo

,strong>BUFFALO, N.Y. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, New York Division announced today that following a two week trial, a federal jury has convicted Henry Lloyd, 34, and Roman Dunnigan, 41, both of Buffalo, NY, of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Lloyd faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, and a maximum of 40 years, while Dunnigan faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years.

September 1, 2020

Chase Smothermon sentenced to 45 years for abducting, torturing and killing one victim, brutally beating a second

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A federal judge sentenced Chase Smothermon, 32, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to 45 years in prison for abducting and assaulting two men, one of whom was tortured, killed, and mutilated. Smothermon suspected the victims of stealing drugs and money from his home.

On Jan. 24, Smothermon pleaded guilty in federal court in Santa Fe, New Mexico. An indictment charged Smothermon, and two other residents of Albuquerque, Mariah Ferry, 22, and Jose Torrez, 48, with kidnapping, kidnapping resulting in death, and conspiracy to kidnap.

August 28, 2020

Franklin County, Mo., man sentence in meth and firearms case

ST. LOUIS – Joshua Matthew Spencer, 30, of Franklin County, Misssouri, was sentenced today to 10 years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to his involvement in conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

August 28, 2020

Twenty one defendants face federal methamphetamine and cocaine conspiracy charges

AUSTIN, TX - Over the past two weeks, federal, state and local authorities have arrested 21 individuals in connection with a cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking operations based in the Austin area, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Steven S. Whipple, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney John F. Bash. 

August 27, 2020

Hartford man sentenced to 9 years in prison for role in heroin and fentanyl trafficking ring

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – DEA New England Division Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle and John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Fernando Tolentino Jr., also known as “Humacao,” 50, of Hartford was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 108 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin and fentanyl.

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