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06/09/2017
Lubbock, TX
Narcotics

Michael Sebastian Ford, 24, from Lubbock, Texas was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 150 months. Ford pleaded guilty in February 2017 to one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

06/09/2017
Fort Worth, TX
Narcotics

Baldemar Solis, from Arlington, was sentenced June 9 by U.S. District John McBryde to a term of life imprisonment. Solis, who had been a fugitive since 2012, was arrested in September 2016 and has been in custody since his arrest.

06/09/2017
Laredo, TX
Narcotics

Vanessa Hernandez, 24, from Guadalajara, Mexico, was sentenced June 9 by U.S. District George P. Kazen to 100 months in federal prison. Since she is not a U.S. citizen, she is expected to face deportation proceedings following her release from prison. Hernandez pleaded guilty to the charges Sept. 6, 2016.

06/05/2017
Dallas, TX
Narcotics

Rolando Benitez, aka “San Luis,” 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 245 months in federal prison. Benitez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a Schedule I controlled substance in October 2016.

06/02/2017
Boston, MA
Narcotics

Juan Luis Perez Garcia, 44, a Dominican national residing in Bronx, New York, and Juan Artiles Taveras, 43, of Lakewood, New Jersey, were arrested Friday, June 3, 2017, in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.           

05/31/2017
Salt Lake City, UT
Narcotics

The following six individuals are charged in this superseding indictment: Aaron Michael Shamo, 27, of Cottonwood Heights, Utah; Drew Wilson Crandall, 30, of Brisbane, Australia; Alexandrya Marie Tonge, 25, and Katherine Lauren Ann Bustin, 26, both of South Jordan, Utah; and Mario Anthony Noble, 28, and Sean Michael Gygi, 27, both of Midvale, Utah.

05/31/2017
New York, NY
Narcotics
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Two indictments were unsealed charging 25 defendants with a variety of narcotics, firearms, and robbery-related offenses. Of the 25 defendants, 21 are associated with a drug-distribution organization operating primarily in the Hunts Point neighborhood in the Bronx and are charged in United States v. Hector Palermo, et al. (Palermo Indictment).

05/25/2017
Lubbock, TX
Narcotics

Six of the seven charged defendants were arrested early Tuesday in an operation led by the following law enforcement agencies: Texas Department of Public Safety; U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Levelland (Texas) Police Department; the Cochran County Sheriff’s Office; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; as well as the New Mexico State Police Tactical Team; Roosevelt County (New Mexico) Sheriff’s Office; and the Region V Metro Drug Task Force, based in New Mexico.

05/18/2017
Phoenix, AZ
Narcotics
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Mayra Miranda 31, of Mexico, appeared before U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton. The federal prison sentence is the result of a five-year probe spearheaded by ICE HSI, with significant assistance from the DEA, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the Phoenix Police Department.

05/16/2017
Las Cruces, NM
Narcotics

Erika Jimenez, 31, from Deming, New Mexico, must also serve three years of supervised release after she completes her prison sentence.

05/12/2017
New York, NY
Narcotics

Noel Blackman, 69, of Valley Stream, NY, operated “pain management” clinics in Elmhurst in Queens County, Franklin Square in Nassau County, and Cypress Hills in Brooklyn.  According to court filings and statements made in court during the guilty plea, Blackman wrote prescriptions for more than 365,000 oxycodone pills in a two year period.

05/08/2017
Detroit, MI
Narcotics

Nua Gjokaj was arrested May 5, following the execution of a search warrant at a Detroit business and a Shelby Township residence.

05/08/2017
Fort Worth, TX
Narcotics

Jake Lindsey Hardin, aka “Cash,” 33, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Hardin was a fugitive for six months before his arrest in November 2016.

05/02/2017
Amarillo, TX
Narcotics

Juan Daniel Mares, 40, of Amarillo, pleaded guilty in January 2017 to one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  He has been in custody since his arrest Sept. 13, 2016.

05/01/2017
Tulsa, OK
Narcotics
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The check for $690,320.23 represents TCSO’s share of monies and assets seized from one defendant in Operation MEGA BUZZ, which is divided among the participating agencies as part of ICE's asset-sharing agreement
04/25/2017
Philadelphia, PA
Narcotics

Isaiah Moore-Brown, 28, was charged with conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base, and with possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, from Dec. 1, 2012 through Jan. 11, 2017.

04/20/2017
Denver, CO
Narcotics

These arrests resulted from a one-year investigation into the inner workings of a Mexican-led drug-trafficking organization that brought drugs into the country through California to Colorado. A federal grand jury in Denver earlier returned an indictment charging 17 defendants with illegal drug-trafficking conduct. The indictment contains a total of 45 counts, including an asset-forfeiture allegation.

04/18/2017
Dallas, TX
Narcotics

Victor Manuel Solorzano, 32, was convicted of the following crimes:  one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; two counts of assaulting a federal officer; and two counts of using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

04/12/2017
New York, NY
Narcotics

Fernando Marte, 28, of Farmingdale, NY, allegedly abused his law enforcement position by escorting drug smugglers through CBP inspection at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport in Queens.

04/07/2017
Dallas, TX
Narcotics

Edgar Solorzano, 24, of Dallas, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, two counts of assault on a federal officer, and one count of using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm during in relation to a crime of violence.

04/04/2017
McAllen, TX
Narcotics

Martin Perez, 37, from Mercedes, Texas, was sentenced April 4 by Senior U.S. District Judge Janice Graham Jack to 262 months in federal prison and 10 years of supervised release.

03/31/2017
Tulsa, OK
Narcotics

The conviction of Tim Minh Tran, 44, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, stemmed from his role in leading an organization responsible for smuggling more than 200 kilograms of synthetic cannabinoids into the United States from China.

03/30/2017
Columbus, OH
Narcotics
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Sylvain Desjardins, 47, and David Ayotte, 46, both from the Quebec area, had initial appearances in federal court in Columbus on charges of possession with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.

03/30/2017
Reading, PA
Narcotics
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On March 23, 2017, members of the Reading Police Vice Unit, Berks County DA Drug Task Force, and HSI simultaneously served nine search warrants on six homes, one garage and two storage units throughout Berks County. 

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