ICE Meant to Capture Drug Lords. Did It Snare Duped Seniors?

Operation Cocoon aimed to disrupt international drug trafficking rings, but critics say it has left unwitting elderly “mules” in foreign prisons.

#americans-abroad, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #elder-abuse, #frauds-and-swindling, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Retired FBI Agent Is Accused of Swindling Woman Out of $800,000

The former agent told the woman she was on “secret probation” over drug crimes and at one point proposed marriage, federal prosecutors said.

#austin-tex, #dallas-tex, #drug-enforcement-administration, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #granbury-tex, #inspectors-general, #justice-department, #texas, #united-states

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Biden Picks Anne Milgram, Former NJ Attorney General, to Lead DEA

Anne Milgram built her reputation fighting crime in the city of Camden.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #camden-nj, #crime-and-criminals, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #manhattan-nyc, #menendez-robert, #new-jersey, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Honduran Leader Vowed to Help Flood U.S. With Cocaine, Prosecutor Says

The allegation against President Juan Orlando Hernández came in opening arguments at an accused drug trafficker’s trial.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #hernandez-juan-orlando, #honduras, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mexico Frees a General, and Wounds Its Alliance With the U.S.

The Biden administration will need to rebuild drug-enforcement cooperation after Mexico exonerated Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, discounting U.S. evidence that he worked for a cartel.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cienfuegos-zepeda-salvador, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #h-2-cartel, #informers, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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Mexico Clears Salvador Cienfuegos, Ex-Defense Minister, in Drug Case

Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda returned to Mexico last year after the Department of Justice abruptly dropped drug-trafficking and corruption charges.

#cienfuegos-zepeda-salvador, #corruption-institutional, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #united-states

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Hit Hard by the Pandemic, Mexico’s Drug Cartels Tweaked Their Playbook

The brutal cartels, like legitimate companies, struggled as governments imposed border closures and lockdowns, and had to get creative.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #homeland-security-department, #mexico

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Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Role in Opioid Crisis

The admission in federal court brought a formal end to a major investigation that resulted in a multibillion-dollar settlement between the drug maker and the government.

#bankruptcies, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #compensation-for-damages-law, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fines-penalties, #justice-department, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #practice-fusion-inc, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Salvador Cienfuegos, Mexico’s Ex-Defense Minister, Is Arrested in L.A.

Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos was detained at the airport at the request of the D.E.A. and will face drug and money-laundering charges, a federal law enforcement official said.

#defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #los-angeles-calif, #mexico, #salvador-cienfuegos

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New York Grandparents Are Kidnapped and Taken to Canada

Their captors demanded the return of cocaine worth $3.5 million. They were freed after the authorities used cellphone data to track them to a house in Quebec.

#brown-graigory, #canada, #cellular-telephones, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #helm-james, #helm-sandra, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #moira-ny, #quebec-province-canada, #surete-du-quebec

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An Exhibition Tells the Story of a Drug War Leader, but Not All of It

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s exhibition on Harry J. Anslinger, a founding father of American drug policy, does not delve into criticism that he used racial slurs.

#anslinger-harry-j, #arlington-va, #discrimination, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #drug-enforcement-administration-museum-and-visitors-center-arlington-va, #marijuana, #museums, #race-and-ethnicity

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Former Angels Employee Charged in Pitcher’s Overdose Death

Tyler Skaggs, who had fentanyl and oxycodone in his system at the time of his death, would not have died if not for the fentanyl, federal prosecutors said on Friday.

#baseball, #drug-enforcement-administration, #fentanyl, #fort-worth-tex, #justice-department, #los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim, #oxycontin-drug, #skaggs-tyler-1991-2019

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Cities Say They Want Federal Agents Fighting Crime, Not Protesters

Rejecting the deployment of camouflaged federal agents, big-city mayors said the Trump administration should use its resources to help tackle problems like gun violence.

#bureau-of-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-and-explosives, #chicago-ill, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #drug-enforcement-administration, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

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How Mexico’s Drug Cartels are Profiting From the Pandemic

Lockdown exacerbated addiction in the U.S., while in Mexico, cartels dig into their turfs with charity and curfews, and put violent pressure on a vulnerable government.

#drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #politics-and-government, #quarantines

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Former D.E.A. Spokesman Pleads Guilty to $4.4 Million Fraud

Garrison Kenneth Courtney pretended to be a C.I.A. officer to bilk companies.

#central-intelligence-agency, #courtney-garrison-kenneth, #drug-enforcement-administration, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #frauds-and-swindling, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #national-institutes-of-health

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Paralegal for U.S. Attorney Tipped Off Drug Cartel, Prosecutors Say

Jennifer Loya, 30, helped a drug network in San Antonio stay a step ahead of drug enforcement agents through her access to information as a federal employee, according to court documents.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #jennifer-loya, #kimberly-loya, #zetas

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Essential Drug Supplies for Virus Patients Are Running Low

Medicines to alleviate breathing difficulty, relieve pain and sedate coronavirus patients are in very high demand, depleting stock around the country.

#american-hospital-assn, #antibiotics, #asthma, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cvs-caremark-corporation, #drug-enforcement-administration, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #epidemics, #food-and-drug-administration, #premier-inc, #sedatives, #shortages, #stockpiling, #teva-pharmaceutical-industries-ltd, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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