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January 29, 2021

5 Sinaloa Cartel Members plead guily to trafficking charges in Operation Cookout

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The mastermind behind an extensive drug trafficking ring entered a guilty plea this week, and four other defendants either entered pleas or were sentenced recently to substantial terms in prison for distributing large amounts of fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine in Newport News and North Carolina.

January 28, 2021

Two St. Louis men indicted for drug trafficking crime that caused death

ST. LOUIS – A federal grand jury indicted 25-year-old Cevone Weeden and 35-year-old Herschell Perkins on one count each of discharge of one or more firearms in furtherance of the commission of a drug trafficking crime causing death. The same federal grand jury also indicted Weeden on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess, with the intent to distribute, controlled substances, including fentanyl.

January 28, 2021

Ten indicted for fentanyl trafficking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned an 11-count indictment today against members of a drug trafficking organization, charging them with fentanyl trafficking and other related offenses, United States Attorney McGregor Scott and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux announced.

January 28, 2021

DEA Announces Expansion of Operation Crystal Shield

CHICAGO – Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Bell, Chicago Field Division announced the expansion of Operation Crystal Shield. This expansion includes the designation of two additional methamphetamine “transportation hubs” in 2021. Through this effort, DEA is attacking the entire supply chain, locating and seizing meth shipments before they are broken down and trafficked into our communities and neighborhoods.

January 28, 2021

New Hampshire businessman pleads guilty to spice distribution & fatal overdose

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Seabrook, New Hampshire man pleaded guilty today to his role in a nationwide conspiracy to distribute synthetic cannabinoids, commonly known as “spice” or “K2.”

According to court documents, William Walsh, 56, operated two shops in Seabrook—“Up N Smoke” and “The Smoking Monkey”—from which he sold retail quantities of spice, along with smoking paraphernalia such as rolling papers and glass pipes. Walsh ordered the spice that he sold in his stores from a California-based wholesale spice manufacturing and distribution operation.

January 27, 2021

Waterbury heroin trafficker sentenced to 10 years in prison

HARTFORD, 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 Keith Jordan, also known as “Knowledge,” 52, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S.

January 27, 2021

Springfield woman sentenced to 17 years for meth conspiracy, illegal firearms

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield woman was sentenced in federal court today for leading a conspiracy that distributed more than 15 kilograms of methamphetamine in a three-county area.

Christina E. Gauger, 39, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 17 years in federal prison without parole.

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