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Florida man pleads guilty to distributing methamphetamine

United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announced that Justin Roberson,34, Clearwater, pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Roberson faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.       According to the facts presented at the change of […]

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Two men charged with trafficking thousands of fentanyl pills

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford has returned an indictment yesterday charging Oscar Flores, 34, of Mount Rainier, Maryland, and Severo Alelar, 25, of Hyattsville, Maryland, with […]

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Drug distributor sentenced to 3 years in federal prison for selling crack, MDMA, meth and marijuana

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Koudris Pounder, 38, formerly of Norwalk, was sentenced on Friday by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing controlled substances. According to court documents and statements made […]

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Two men plead guilty in $30 million foreign exchange fraud scheme

A Massachusetts man and a Florida man pleaded guilty for their roles in perpetrating a foreign exchange trading scheme to steal $30 million from their investor victims. According to court documents, Patrick Gallagher, 44, of Middleborough, Massachusetts, and Michael Dion, 49, of Orlando, Florida, devised a scheme in which they would solicit victims to invest […]

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U.S. House passes bill reforming Electoral Count Act to stop Jan. 6 repeat

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. House passed on Wednesday a bill updating a 19th-century law in an attempt to prevent the subversion of future presidential elections. The Presidential Election Reform Act, which passed 229-203, is meant to deter a repeat of the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, in which the U.S. Capitol was attacked by a mob […]

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Indiana man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for meth trafficking

Michael Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Indianapolis, and U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers for the Southern District of Indiana announced that Max W. Woodard II, 51, of Lebanon, Indiana, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. According to court documents, on April 19, 2022, a law […]

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Former teacher and coach sentenced to 30 years in prison for producing child sexual abuse material

A man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for impersonating a minor female on social media and enticing dozens of minors in the Topeka area to record and send him sexually explicit images and videos of themselves. According to court documents, Jeffrey D. Pierce, 42, of Topeka, Kansas, was a former teacher and basketball […]

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Doctor and office manager convicted of healthcare kickback conspiracy

A federal jury convicted a Pennsylvania man and woman for a scheme to pay and receive kickbacks in exchange for the referral of prescription medications. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Steven J. Valentino, 65, of Haverford, and Michele Miller, 53, of Swarthmore, a doctor, and his office manager, respectively, participated in […]

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U.S. Attorney announces federal charges against 47 defendants in $250 million “Feeding Our Future” fraud scheme

The Department of Justice announced federal criminal charges against 47 defendants for their alleged roles in a $250 million fraud scheme that exploited a federally-funded child nutrition program during the COVID-19 pandemic. “These indictments, alleging the largest pandemic relief fraud scheme charged to date, underscore the Department of Justice’s sustained commitment to combating pandemic fraud […]

Houston Rapper Jermaine West aka The Breadman

Houston rapper “The Breadman” sentenced 23 years in prison for trafficking narcotics

A 43-year-old Houston rapper has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of conspiracy to distribute and distributing meth, cocaine, and opioids, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, Houston Division, and U.S. Attorney B. Lowery. Jermaine West aka The Breadman pleaded guilty on April 6 to 10 counts of […]

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Six Mongols Motorcycle Club members found guilty of racketeering conspiracy, including murder

A federal jury convicted six Tennessee men Friday for racketeering conspiracy and other charges involving murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking, and other crimes, all stemming from their involvement with the Clarksville chapter of the Mongols Motorcycle Club (Clarksville Mongols). The seventh man from Kentucky, who was not a member of the Mongols, was also convicted by […]

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Coalition of Senators introduce “Felony Murder for Deadly Fentanyl Distribution” act

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and 12 Republican Senate colleagues in introducing the Felony Murder For Deadly Fentanyl Distribution Act to combat the rise of fentanyl being trafficked across our southern border and into our communities. The Illicit use of fentanyl is now the leading cause of death among Americans aged […]

Drug Trafficking

21 indicted in cocaine and fentanyl trafficking tonspiracies

Twenty-one individuals have been indicted in federal court in Boston in connection with their alleged roles in drug trafficking organizations that distributed cocaine and fentanyl throughout the North Shore and Central Massachusetts. The following defendants have been charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute various weights of fentanyl and […]

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Operation Papercheck Fresh: 25 drug traffickers charged in drug bust targeting recording studio

Twenty-five alleged drug traffickers have been charged in “Operation Papercheck Fresh,” announced DEA Dallas Special Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chávez. During a large-scale operation last Thursday – which involved eight law enforcement agencies targeting nine locations, including a recording studio in Dallas’ Bryan Place neighborhood – officers and agents also seized cocaine, methamphetamine, THC, […]

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Minnesota man sentenced to life in prison for distributing fentanyl that caused 11 overdose deaths

Aaron Broussard of Hopkins, Minnesota, has been sentenced to life in prison for distributing controlled substances, including fentanyl, which resulted in the deaths of 11 people and caused serious bodily injury to four people. “Let today’s sentencing serve as a wakeup call to the drug traffickers pushing fentanyl in and around our communities,” Drug Enforcement […]

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Video: FBI and law enforcement partners arrest nearly 6,000 violent criminals in the summer of 2022

FBI Director Christopher Wray announced in a video message the results of joint violent crime enforcement efforts throughout the summer, recognizing the essential cooperation of local and state law enforcement agencies around the country. Between May 1, and Sept. 2, 2022, the FBI and local and state law enforcement partners arrested nearly 6,000 alleged violent criminals […]

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Biden-Harris Administration now accepting applications for $1 billion rural high-speed internet program

 U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is now accepting applications for ReConnect Program loans and grants to expand access to high-speed internet for millions of people in rural America nationwide. The Department is making more than $1 billion available, thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The program is a […]

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Jury finds operator of pill mill guilty of oxycodone distribution

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that a jury returned a guilty verdict against Purificacion Cristobal for her participation in a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone without a legitimate medical purpose acting outside the usual course of professional practice.  Cristobal was also convicted of two counts of oxycodone […]

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Bill codifying same-sex marriage nears critical vote in U.S. Senate

(Missouri Independent) –  The U.S. Senate is on track to vote on a bill codifying marriage equality as soon as next week with negotiators increasingly confident it could become law. Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday they’re close to getting at least 10 Republicans to back the same-sex […]