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  • Former DEA Official Pleads Guilty to Elaborate $4 Million Fraud Scheme

    06/20/2020 2:49:27 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 7 replies ^ | June 11, 2020 | DOJ
    Former Spokesman (2005-2009) Scammed Victims by Posing Falsely as Covert CIA Officer Involved in a Highly-classified Intelligence Program A former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) public affairs officer pleaded guilty today to defrauding at least a dozen companies of over $4.4 million by posing falsely as a covert officer of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Special Agent in Charge James A. Dawson of the FBI’s Washington Field Office Criminal Division made the announcementGarrison Kenneth Courtney, 44, of...
  • Whistleblower with brain tumor sues DEA alleging 'disability discrimination' and retaliation

    05/20/2020 10:08:40 AM PDT · by bitt · 5 replies ^ | 5/20/2020 | NICHOLAS BALLASLY
    A former supervisory special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration is suing the Justice Department and DEA for forcing his early retirement from the agency in "retaliation" for whistleblower complaints he raised during his ongoing battle with a brain tumor. In his complaint, Eric Katz describes a “hostile work environment, unauthorized sharing of medical information” as well as “disability discrimination” and workplace retaliation. According to the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, DEA violated the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 through “intentional manipulation of the Equal Employment Opportunity process, as it relates identification of and...
  • US Attorney's Office Texas Paralegal tipped off Mexican drug cartel of investigation: FBI

    05/14/2020 8:40:09 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 14 May 2020 | Lucia I. Suarez Sang
    A paralegal specialist working for a U.S. Attorney’s Office in Texas has been accused of helping a Mexican drug cartel smuggle large amounts of cocaine, heroin, and meth into the U.S. Jennifer Loya worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio since March 2017. According to federal court records, Loya’s sister, Kimberly, is married to Roland Gustamante, an associate to the leader of the Cartel del Noreste. Loyo is accused of using her access to electronic surveillance information through her job to tip-off Gustamante, her sister, and their associates of various DEA investigations...
  • Mexico urges U.S. to probe of 'all' officials with ties to ex-minister

    05/04/2020 7:25:16 PM PDT · by Farcesensitive · 25 replies
    Reuters via YAHOO ^ | May 4, 2020
    Mexico's president on Monday urged Washington to investigate "all" officials, including members of elite U.S. law enforcement agencies, with ties to a former Mexican security minister accused of taking bribes from a top drug gang. The arrest of ex-Security Minister Genaro Garcia Luna in Dallas late last year sent shockwaves across Mexico, where he had spearheaded a militarized assault on powerful drug gangs beginning under former President Felipe Calderon in 2006. Garcia Luna was subsequently indicted on charges of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel, the gang once led by drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman....
  • Ex-Green Beret claims he led foiled raid into Venezuela

    05/03/2020 9:48:55 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 05 04 2020 | JOSHUA GOODMAN and SCOTT SMITH
    A former Green Beret has taken responsibility for what he claimed was a failed attack Sunday aimed at overthrowing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and that the socialist government said ended with eight dead. Jordan Goudreau’s comments in an interview with an exiled Venezuelan journalist capped a bizarre day that started with reports of a pre-dawn amphibious raid near the South American country’s heavily guarded capital. An AP investigation published Friday found that Goudreau had been working with a retired Venezuelan army general now facing U.S. narcotics charges to train dozens of deserting Venezuelan soldiers at secret camps inside neighboring Colombia....
  • Feds arrest over 600 alleged Mexican cartel members

    03/11/2020 12:29:55 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03 11 2020 | J. Edward Moreno
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced Wednesday that more than 600 arrests have been made as a result of an interagency operation cracking down on Mexican cartel activity. “Project Python,” a DEA-led initiative, targeted members of Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG). According to the DEA, over the last six months federal law enforcement officials have been monitoring the activities of the accused. The operation resulted in more than 600 arrests nationwide, 350 indictments and “significant seizures of money and drugs,” according to the agencies. “Project Python marks the most comprehensive action to date in...
  • DEA-Led Operation Nets More Than 600 Arrests Targeting Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación

    03/11/2020 8:12:57 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies ^ | 3/11/20 | DOJ
    The Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced the results of Project Python, a DEA-led interagency operation encompassing all global investigations and related disruption activities targeting the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).This announcement marks the successful conclusion of six months of investigative and enforcement activity targeting CJNG, culminating in large scale arrests throughout the country within the past week.  Project Python has resulted more than 600 arrests, 350 indictments, as well as significant seizures of money and drugs.“Project Python marks the most comprehensive action to date in the Department of Justice’s campaign to disrupt, dismantle,...
  • ATF: Michigan Concealed Carriers Can No Longer Buy Guns Without a Background Check Because of Marijuana Legalization

    03/05/2020 4:42:05 PM PST · by PROCON · 38 replies ^ | March 4, 2020 | DAN ZIMMERMAN
    Like a number of states, concealed pistol license holders in Michigan are exempted from the requirement to undergo a NICS background check every time they purchase a new firearm. That’s because permit holders have already undergone an extensive background check and fingerprinting in order to be issued a permit in the first place. Michigan has had that exemption from the ATF since 2006, but yesterday the ATF rescinded it. Why? Because recreational marijuana is now legal in the state. Voters approved legalization in 2018 and retail sales started December 1, 2019. While buying and using weed may not be a...
  • DEA Will Return $82K Life Savings It Seized From an Elderly Pittsburgh Man and His Daughter

    03/05/2020 11:14:10 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 97 replies
    Reason ^ | 3.4.2020 | C.J. CIARAMELLA
    Neither Terry Rolin or his daughter were ever charged with a crime, but that didn't stop the DEA from trying to seize more than $82,000 from them through civil asset forfeiture.The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will return more than $82,000 that it seized from an elderly Pittsburgh man and his daughter after a federal class-action lawsuit was filed on their behalf last month. The Institute for Justice, the libertarian-leaning public interest law firm that filed the lawsuit, announced today that the DEA will return $82,373 that it seized from Rebecca Brown six months ago at a Pittsburgh airport. The money...
  • Increasing numbers of older Baby Boomers are using marijuana: study

    02/24/2020 8:42:49 PM PST · by Mariner · 111 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | February 24th, 2020 | By Linda Carroll
    (Reuters) - In just four years, marijuana use grew by 75% among Americans aged 65 and older, according to a new study, and researchers expressed concern over a lack of information on the potential health implications. The increase was most pronounced in women, those with higher incomes and more education, according to a report published on Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. The findings continue a trend seen over the last decade, said the study's lead author, Benjamin Han, an assistant professor of geriatric medicine and palliative care at the New York University School of Medicine. "Consider that not even 10...
  • Is America Ready to Decriminalize Meth and Heroin?

    02/11/2020 7:49:42 PM PST · by karpov · 75 replies
    National Review ^ | February 11, 2020 | David Harsanyi
    In 1969, the height of the Sixties’ cultural revolution, Pew found that only 12 percent of Americans supported the legalization of pot. Fifty years later, 67 percent of voters support it. Virtually every candidate on the Democratic presidential slate backs some form of marijuana legalization. Even the Trump administration has left states to manage their own business on the matter. This year, at least one candidate supports going further and decriminalizing all drugs. On Sunday, Fox News’ Chris Wallace pushed Iowa caucus winner Pete Buttigieg to explain his support for the “decriminalization” of all narcotics. First, he asked Buttigieg whether...
  • Impeachment Will Leave Blood on the Hands of Congress

    01/31/2020 5:50:23 PM PST · by Positive · 5 replies
    DEA ^ | 1/31/2020 | Self
    The DEA's Emergency Prohibition of Fentanyl Analogues expires at Mid-Night 2/6/20 unless renewed by the Congress. With the Senate fixated on the Impeachment Hoax it is practically impossible to get that renewal done in time. The distributors of this "Made in China" synthetic Opiate are much smarter than the Congress Critters. The stuff is almost certainly being packed for distribution as of Mid-Night Thursday. The Divided States of America is facing chaos and anarchy and political corruption in "unprecedented" ways. I am 26,392 days old as of I will probably miss the unhappy ending. "The tree of liberty must...
  • Silk Road

    02/07/2018 6:26:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | February 7, 2018 | John Stossel
    Ross Ulbricht was a quiet nerd -- an Eagle Scout who never cursed. Then he became a libertarian, and he decided, "I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion." By coercion, Ulbricht meant force. He viewed laws against drugs as coercion -- government force that stops people from living the way they want. So he created a website called Silk Road. Silk Road let people buy and sell contraband -- mostly drugs -- using bitcoin. The site became successful quickly. It soon carried a billion dollars in transactions. Because Silk Road didn't use...
  • The DEA’s National License Plate Reader Network Expands To Smaller Cities

    01/23/2020 4:27:35 AM PST · by davikkm · 21 replies
    IWB ^ | mapi
    Last week, the Herald Publication in Mascoutah, Illinois revealed that the City of Fairview Heights entered into an agreement with the IDOT to install automatic license plate readers (ALPR) on highway trusses to allegedly “prevent, deter and solve crimes.” Which is typical government doublespeak to explain away Big Brother tracking innocent motorists. Taken at face value, Fairview Heights reasons for tracking everyone is nothing new, they use the same cookie-cutter excuses that law enforcement across the country have been using. But what really caught my eye was the “other resolution approved by the council.” The other resolution calls for the...
  • Man, daughter suing after $82K life savings seized at Pittsburgh International Airport

    01/16/2020 4:05:18 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 153 replies
    WPXI ^ | January 16, 2020
    SOUTH FAYETTE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A local man’s life savings of more than $82,000 was seized at Pittsburgh International Airport in August, and now he and his daughter are suing, Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE reported. Rebecca Brown, 54, of Lowell, Mass., told TribLIVE her 79-year-old retired father, Terry Rolin, of South Fayette Township, asked her to help manage the cash he and his late parents had hidden in hiding spots throughout the family home. “It was late Saturday night after the banks closed when he gave me the money, and I had an early (Monday) morning flight...
  • Arkansas police officer 'executed' in car was shot 10 times in the head, investigators say as video emerges

    12/15/2019 11:02:10 PM PST · by familyop · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 15, 2019 | Stephen Sorace
    ...was interested in anti-law enforcement groups, investigators said...Sheriff's investigators said Phillips fired 16 rounds and had reloaded the weapon with another full magazine containing 17 rounds. Police said Phillips shot Carr at point-blank range using a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun he bought legally in 2017...had an interest in anti-law enforcement groups...
  • DEA Channels Stalin: 'Suspicious Orders' of Opioids? Just Say Nyet

    10/30/2019 8:24:42 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 7 replies
    The DEA has failed miserably in keeping illicit fentanyl and its analogs out of this country (3) so the agency, like lawmakers, has doubled down on pills, even as more and more evidence emerges that pills are not only not the primary (or even close) culprit in causing overdose deaths, but there is a real inverse relationship between the number of prescriptions and overdoses, something I have written about numerous times in the past.
  • Top Republicans Warn Trump Against Nominating Comey Ally To Head DEA

    10/29/2019 10:27:03 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 14 replies
    DailyWire ^ | 10/29/2019 | Ryan Saavedra
    Top allies of President Donald Trump are warning him against nominating Uttam Dhillon — an apparent ally of disgraced former FBI Director James Comey — to be the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The warning from Trump’s allies come after Trump briefly recognized Dhillon — the current Acting Administrator of the DEA — at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, on Monday.
  • The China Connection: How One D.E.A. Agent Cracked a Global Fentanyl Ring

    10/16/2019 7:58:44 PM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 16 Oct 2019 | Alex W. Palmer
    Fentanyl is quickly becoming America’s deadliest drug. But law enforcement couldn’t trace it to its source — until one teenager overdosed in North Dakota. Around 3 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, Laura and Jason Henke awoke with a start at their home in Minot, N.D. Their dog was barking wildly. At the door, in the early morning shadows, they found a police officer and, behind him, a pastor. The officer asked to see Laura’s ID to confirm that he was at the correct address. Then he told them that their 18-year-old son, Bailey, was dead. The officer didn’t have...
  • Suicide and the 'Opioid Crisis'

    10/08/2019 6:33:33 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 42 replies
    American Council on Science and Health ^ | 10/03/9 | Red Lawhern PHD
    The continuing exodus of healthcare providers out of pain management is especially obnoxious in light of the fact that no less an authority than the American Medical Association has repudiated the central logic of the 2016 CDC Guidelines, used widely as an excuse for restricting patient access. We must also recognize that America’s opioid and suicide crises are much larger than just prescribing or even street drugs. The factors which cause people to be increasingly vulnerable to addiction and suicide are largely socio-economic.