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Former Bakersfield Police Detective Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking Conspiracy

 FRESNO, Calif. — Patrick Mara, 36, of Bakersfield, formerly a detective with the Bakersfield Police Department, was sentenced today to five years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for a conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

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Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Heroin Trafficking Charge

Case Prosecuted as Part of HOPE Initiative which Seeks to Reduce the Number of Opioid-Related Deaths in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Shannon Lamont Jackson, 38, of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty today to a federal heroin trafficking charge.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Jackson will be sentenced to 77 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

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Screening Stresses Opioid Addiction Dangers

Released by the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) earlier this year, the film focuses on educating young adults about the dangers of opioid addiction. The 45-minute documentary—the title of which refers to the never-ending pursuit of the original or ultimate high—features stark first-person accounts by individuals who have abused opioids, or whose children have abused opioids, with tragic consequences.

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3 east Texas residents indicted in prescription drug smuggling ring

WASHINGTON — Three east Texas residents have been indicted on charges associated with their alleged smuggling of imitation, unapproved and misbranded prescription drugs from China, the Department of Justice announced Monday.

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3 men arrested in Bakersfield indicted for cocaine smuggling

HSI seizes 38 kilos cocaine and more than $3.1 million cash


FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment Thursday against three men – Jimmy Gil, 34, of Shafter, Jose Luis Montoya-Salazar, 42, of Mexico City, Mexico and Luis Ricardo Eslava-Corral, 42, of Sinaloa, Mexico – charging them with conspiring to import, distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Montoya was also charged with re-entering the United States following deportation.

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Missouri man sentenced to 20 years in prison for PCP conspiracy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man was sentenced in federal court Thursday for leading a conspiracy to distribute the illegal hallucinogenic drug known as PCP.

Gerald W. Jones, 42, was sentenced Sept. 4 to 20 years in federal prison without parole. Jones had previously pleaded guilty May 12 to leading a conspiracy to distribute at least one kilogram of PCP. Jones is among 11 defendants who have pleaded guilty to the charges contained in a November 2012 federal indictment.

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Mexican national sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for distributing cocaine in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — A previously deported Mexican national was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison on cocaine and gun charges, announced John W. Vaudreuil, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.

The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, the Fort Atkinson Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize Almost Two Million Dollars in Heroin at Brownsville Port of Entry

Brownsville, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Veterans’ International Bridge discover heroin valued at approximately $1,960,000 hidden within a Honda Pilot 

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Jacksonville Air and Marine Branch Recovers $2.97 Million Worth of Cocaine

Jacksonville, Fla. − U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine agents, working at the Jacksonville Air and Marine Branch, aided in the recovery of approximately 40 pounds of cocaine, an estimated value of $2.97 million, Wednesday near Crescent Beach in St. Augustine, Fla. 

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Border Patrol Agents Seize Over $1.9M in Marijuana in Laredo

A total of 223 bundles were extracted from the abandoned vehicle, which tested positive for marijuana.

Laredo, Texas
– On September 16, Laredo Freer Station agents assigned to their daily operations seized 2,494.5 pounds of marijuana.

Agents working roving patrol duties discovered two abandoned vehicles at a local ranch. As agents drove closer to the vehicles, the agents conducted a thorough inspection and discovered multiple bundles wrapped in brown packaging concealed under a black blanket. Agents conducted a search of the perimeter; subsequently, arresting two subjects.



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