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May 6, 2019

DEA’s 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day yields fruitful results in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolinians participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, turned in 11, 825 pounds of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at sites set up throughout the state. The amount collected was the highest total collected during the previous 16 NTBI events.

April 8, 2019

Alleged heroin and fentanyl dealer indicted

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's New York Division and U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Craig Lester, 32, of Buffalo, N.Y., with narcotics conspiracy; possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin, butyryl fentanyl, U-47700, and cocaine; and using and maintaining a drug premises.

January 8, 2019

DEA Omaha Division marks six month anniversary

OMAHA, Neb., – Jan. 8 marked the six month anniversary of the opening of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Omaha Division which covers Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and four counties in Illinois and Wisconsin. Since July 2018, agents across the Division have seized or collected 5,064 pounds of marijuana, 578 pounds of methamphetamine, 145 pounds of cocaine, 64 pounds of heroin and more than 6,000 opioid and pharmaceutical pills. 

December 11, 2018

Warren County doctor sentenced for illegally distributing opioids and Medicare fraud

ST. LOUIS – Dr. Philip Dean, 62, a resident of Warren County, Missouri, was sentenced today to 40 months of imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution to the Medicare and Medicaid programs in the amount of $312,377. Dr. Dean previously pled guilty today to two felony charges, illegally distributing opiate medications and making a false statement to the Medicare program, on Aug. 22, 2018.  Dr. Dean was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge E. Richard Webber. 

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