Marijuana (Cannabis)

November 9, 2018

L.A. Sheriff’s Deputy, two other men arrested on federal charges for stealing 600 pounds of marijuana and $100,000 during bogus search

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy and two alleged cohorts are scheduled to make their first court appearances this afternoon after they were arrested Thursday on federal drug distribution charges that allege they stole 600 pounds of marijuana and $100,000 in cash during an armed robbery at a downtown Los Angeles warehouse by falsely portraying themselves as law enforcement officers executing a search warrant.

October 30, 2018

Dominican man sentenced to 10 years in prison for fentanyl trafficking conspiracy

CONCORD, N.H. – Brian D. Boyle Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s New England Division and United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today that Raul Vantroi Arias Ruiz, 36, of the Dominican Republic, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for participating in a fentanyl trafficking conspiracy.  

October 30, 2018

“BMB” Street gang member sentenced to more than 27 years in prison for murder of Bronx teenager and other racketeering crimes

NEW YORK – Acting Special Agent in Charge Keith G. Kruskall, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Martin Mitchell, aka “Tyliek,” a member of a violent street gang in the Bronx called the “Big Money Bosses”, was sentenced yesterday to 327 months in prison for his gang-related crimes, including the June 22, 2014, murder of 17-year-old Keshon Potterfield. Mitchell pled guilty on Dec.

October 30, 2018

Drug source sentenced to more than 12 years for interstate narcotics conspiracy

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Jessie Acosta, 41, of San Pedro, California, was sentenced to more than 12 years (150 months) in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute kilogram quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana throughout the Middle District of Alabama and Georgia, announced U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bret Hamilton and U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin.

October 5, 2018

Sacramento man charged with international money laundering and multiple indoor marijuana grows

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A 10-count indictment was unsealed today charging Daniel Zhu, 38, of Sacramento, with conspiracy to commit international money laundering, substantive counts of international money laundering, and conspiracy to manufacture and manufacturing of marijuana, announced Special Agent in Charge Chris Nielsen of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in San Francisco and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California McGregor W. Scott.

September 25, 2018

Indoor marijuana grow op dismantled and two men arrested

OTSEGO COUNTY, N.Y. - Special Agent in Charge James Hunt, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Otsego County Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr., and Otsego County District Attorney John announce the arrest of two Otsego County men after a joint narcotics investigation on Sept. 25, 2018.

“DEA works closely with our state and local law enforcement partners to safeguard our towns from public threats like indoor marijuana grows," said DEA Special James Hunt. "These are ticking time bombs full of hazardous materials that produce illegal substances.”

October 1, 2018

Retired nurse sentenced to five years in prison for drug trafficking and money laundering

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s New England Division, and John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Christine Miles, 59, of Windsor Locks, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for drug trafficking and money laundering offenses related to the distribution of heroin and various prescription medications.

September 27, 2018

FDA-approved drug Epidiolex placed in schedule V of Controlled Substance Act

WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration today announced that Epidiolex, the newly approved medication by the Food & Drug Administration, is being placed in schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act, the least restrictive schedule of the CSA.

In June 2018, the FDA announced it approved Epidiolex for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older.

September 24, 2018

Canadian marijuana dealer sentenced to 135 months for role in international conspiracy

ALBANY, N.Y. - Colin Stewart, age 41, of Elgin, Quebec, Canada, was sentenced today to 135 months in prison for conspiring to smuggle thousands of pounds of marijuana into the United States from Canada through the Akwesasne Mohawk Indian Reservation.  

The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt of the New York Division.

September 21, 2018

DEA announces results of major state-wide enforcement operation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  – The Drug Enforcement Administration, in conjunction with federal and state prosecutors, announced today an unprecedented enforcement action spanning across the state of Arkansas in a combined effort to reverse the horrible effects on communities produced by violent drug traffickers.  As part of this effort, dubbed Operation Task Force Arkansas, the takedown operation resulted in the arrest of 1,260 individuals on federal and state charges and the seizure of 211 firearms, over 37 kilograms of methamphetamine, 1,293 pounds of mar

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