Prescription drug take back day happening Saturday in Flint, Genesee County
GENESEE COUNTY, MI - Individuals in Flint and Genesee County with unused prescription drugs can safely dispose of them this weekend during a national event. On Saturday, Oct. 29, the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the GCPC encourage all Genesee County residents to clear out their medicine cabinets and dispose of their unused prescription medications at one of the drop box locations. Disposal services are free, anonymous, and no questions asked, according to a Genesee County Prevention Coalition news release. In addition, community health and wellness agencies will also be present to share information and resources for substance use prevention, treatment and recovery support services. There will be free Naloxone and Fentanyl test strip distribution and training to learn how to respond to an opioid overdose.mlive.com
Pounds of fentanyl found in basement rafters during raid
DETROIT – More than 5 pounds of fentanyl were recovered from two locations last week when federal agents raided three southeast Michigan homes connected to a suspected drug trafficker, authorities said. A DEA investigation led to raids at two homes in Detroit and an apartment in Southfield on July 27, FOX 2 Detroit reports. At the first location, a home on Robson in Detroit, agents discovered 4.5-5.5 pounds of fentanyl hidden in the basement rafters, and an assault-style rifle and a pistol were in a suitcase in a closet, the report said. At the second location, a house on Wisconsin in Detroit, more than a pound of fentanyl was found along with an invoice with the suspect’s first name on it and two pistols. The drugs found at both locations were packaged for sale in a way that matched, the report said.mlive.com
Federal Court Enjoins Maryland Physician Assistant from Prescribing Opioids and Other Controlled Substances
A federal court in Maryland permanently enjoined a Baltimore-based physician assistant from prescribing opioids and other controlled substances, the Department of Justice announced today. Pursuant to an agreed consent judgment filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, U.S. District Judge Deborah L. Boardman enjoined Elizabeth J. Allen from dispensing, prescribing or administering any controlled substances. The consent decree resolves a civil complaint filed by the government alleging that Allen, while working at a Maryland pain clinic, repeatedly prescribed opioids in violation of the Controlled Substances Act. The injunction requires that Allen never again apply for or seek the reinstatement of her DEA registration, which is required for a medical professional to prescribe controlled substances. “Anyone who prescribes opioids and other controlled substances must comply with professional standards and the law,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.justice.gov
We Finally Know How 43 Students on a Bus Vanished Into Thin Air
Pedro Pardo/AFP via GettyTranscripts of newly released text messages between a crime boss and a deputy police chief have finally lifted the lid on the mystery of 43 students who went missing one night in southwestern Mexico.The messages indicate that the cops and the cartel worked together to capture, torture, and murder at least 38 of the 43 student teachers who went missing in September of 2014.The students had made the deadly mistake of commandeering several buses in order to drive to Mexiconews.yahoo.com
Facing stunning levels of deaths, U.S. and Mexico revamp strained security cooperation
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has repeatedly criticized the Merida Intitiative, saying it promoted an ineffective “war on drugs." But the longtime leftist saw few possibilities to renegotiate it with former president Donald Trump.washingtonpost.com
Pregnancy tests, VR goggles, pipes, 100-plus pounds of marijuana among purchases included in Michigan research grants
The slow process of conducting two marijuana studies paid for by Michigan taxpayers to the tune of $20 million in grant funding has begun. The only marijuana MAPS was permitted to use was grown by the University of Mississippi, one of the only DEA-permitted providers of research marijuana in the nation. One of the ways the WSU study intends to gauge the impact of more or less marijuana use is by testing fear responses. The WSU grant also calls for the purchase of $2,000 virtual reality goggles and $22,400 to program fear scenarios catered to the subjects. That tight relationship between Michigan marijuana advocates and MAPS developed through networking at national conferences over time, Ream said.mlive.com
Former cartel boss Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo speaks out for first time since arrest
Former cartel boss Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo breaks his silence in an interview with Noticias Telemundo, his first since being apprehended in 1989 in connection with the deaths of DEA undercover agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena and Mexican pilot Alfredo Zavala.Details: The man who once was considered “The Godfather” of narco crime and one of the most feared criminals worldwide is now a visibly worn down 75-year-old who calls himself a “corpse waiting to be buried by a tree’s roots.”Get market newnews.yahoo.com
Exposed: The Sadistic Methods Employed by Mexico’s Lawless Cops
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyALFREDO ESTRELLAThe man who once held Mexico’s most senior law enforcement position has been arrested on charges of torturing a suspect in custody. If even Luis Cárdenas Palomino—who once earned a citation as “Mexico’s best police officer”—was abusing suspects, what does that say about the rest of the country’s police officers?The truth is torture has become a common feature of Mexican policing. We’ll dig deeper into the question of torturing detaineesnews.yahoo.com
‘These guys are fake’: DEA will never call and demand personal, financial information
These are lies and scammers are just trying to get your personal information. “These extortionists call people up and pretend to be DEA agents and we just want to get the word out that these guys are fake.”Scammers claim to be with the DEA and ask for personal information such as identifying information or financial information. And they call people, and pretend to be DEA agents and try to get personal information from them. Whether it’s credit card information or social security number or even bank account information,” McNeal said. “I’ve seen upwards of $12,000 that people have fallen victim to and they will take it in any form if they can convince you to give them an Amazon gift card or Google Play gift card, or an iTunes gift card.
Garden City police release details in fatal shooting in confrontation with DEA
Alonte Damar Murphy was fatally shot in front of a Garden City home on Feb. 24, 2021. GARDEN CITY, Mich. – Police released details Saturday night regarding the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man in Garden City. READ: Garden City family demands answers in fatal shooting in confrontation with DEAAccording to authorities, the incident began Feb. 24, just after 1:15 a.m. when a person entered the Garden City Police Department and said they had been the victim of domestic violence involving a firearm. Garden City police said they are unable to release further details until Michigan State Police complete its independent investigation into the fatal shooting. More: Metro Detroit CrimeThe National Domestic Violence Hotline offers confidential support 24/7 at 800-799-7233.
Garden City family demands answers in fatal shooting in confrontation with DEA
GARDEN CITY, Mich. – A local mother is demanding answers from police after her son was shot during an investigation. UPDATE: Garden City police release details in fatal shooting in confrontation with DEAAlonte Murphy’s mother said he was shot outside his home Wednesday in Garden City. Autina Murphy was remembering her 22-year-old son, Alonte Murphy, Friday night. And they didn’t have to do him like that.”AdLocal 4 was there on Pardo Street in Garden City that night. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said they were assisting Garden City Police Department with an investigation and members of DEA Detroit Task Force were involved in the shooting.
Another reason for third stimulus checks: Jobless benefits not reaching 8 million people
DEA / M. BORCHI | De Agostini | Getty ImagesUnemployment benefits aren't reaching most jobless Americans — suggesting that lawmakers who wish to target aid to the unemployed would likely need to use stimulus checks or other relief measures. Congress passed a $900 billion measure in December, which enhanced jobless benefits and offered $600 checks per person. But stimulus checks may be essential for the unemployed workers who aren't tapping jobless benefits, Forsythe said. It would raise and extend unemployment benefits, and offer $1,400 stimulus checks per person. A group of 10 GOP lawmakers want to pare back a third round of stimulus checks to $1,000 a person.cnbc.com
States have tried seizing unemployment benefits during the pandemic. Some fear new rules won’t help
A man wearing a face mask as a preventive measure walks past the New York State Department of Labor in Flushing, Borough of Queens, New York. John Nacion | LightRocket | Getty ImagesStates have tried clawing back unemployment benefits from thousands of people during the Covid pandemic. While new protections are meant to help, some fear states may not sign on. Most states do waive overpayments made through their traditional unemployment insurance programs. "We are still going through recent [U.S. Labor Department] guidance and hope to have a decision soon."cnbc.com
Howell man charged in connection with Pittsfield Township murder, shooting in Ypsilanti
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Roger Lee Pierce Jr., a 50-year-old man from Howell, was arraigned Saturday in connection with a Pittsfield Township homicide and a shooting in Ypsilanti. Police said they found the body of Marcus McMullan, a 39-year-old man from Ypsilanti, with a gunshot wound to the head. Police, joined by officers with the Detroit DEA office and Michigan State Police, took Pierce into custody on an arrest warrant for felonious assault. Police said during the interview with Pierce, additional search warrants led to charges being authorized for open murder and six other firearm related counts. Pierce was arraigned Saturday and is being held without bond.
Why you should participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
DETROIT – Prescription medications can be dangerous and even deadly -- and they’re probably just sitting in your medicine cabinet. The Drug Enforcement Administration laid out reasons for all of us to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 24. According to the DEA, the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained through family or friends, often from their own medicine cabinet. In the past, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has been very successful. More information can be found on the official National Prescription Drug Take Back Day website here.
‘Operation Legend’ to bring federal agents to Detroit: Here’s what that will look like
DETROIT – US officials on Wednesday provided additional details regarding “Operation Legend” -- which is bringing a number of federal agents to Detroit in the coming weeks. “Operation Legend continues and expands what we have been doing for decades, which is sending federal agents and money to Detroit to fight gun and gang violence,” Schneider said. The governor of Oregon did announce Wednesday that federal agents will begin leaving Portland. A number of U.S. cities will also participate in Operation Legend, including Albuquerque, Chicago, Cleveland and Milwaukee. READ MORE: Surge of federal agents leaves many questions unanswered
Its very dangerous: DEA warns of candy-like meth circulating in Midwestern region
DETROIT The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said meth disguised as candy, or child vitamins, is creeping its way into the Midwestern region. This is the first time that weve really seen this, said DEA Special Agent in Charge of Detroit Field Division, Keith Martin. In the last couple months, weve seen these meth pills that look like candy, or some people say they look like Flintstone vitamins, but theyre actually meth pills, Martin said. We do know that the cartels are using the same routes that theyve used for the last hundred years, theyre using the same transportation routes, Martin said. Its dangerous for adults, and its definitely dangerous for children, Martin said.
Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Criminal Charges against Venezuelan Officials
Today, I am here to talk about the former Maduro regime and its direct participation in narco-terrorism, corruption, money laundering, and drug trafficking. Joining me today is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoff Berman; the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo; the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, Brian Benczkowski, and; DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon. Further, the Southern District of Florida unsealed charges this morning against the Chief Justice of the Venezuelan Supreme Court, involving money laundering. With that, I will turn it over to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoff Berman. As alleged, the Maduro regime is awash in corruption and criminality.justice.gov
Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski Delivers Remarks at the Project Python Press Conference
Today, we are announcing the results of Project Python, a multilateral interagency operation targeting the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, also known as CJNG. Project Python began on September 1, 2019, culminating in todays announcement. As Acting Administrator Dhillon will describe in more detail, Project Python was unprecedented in both scale and complexity. More than 100 investigations will now form the initial target deck for Project Python. And with Project Python, we are delivering results in the face of that threat for the American people.justice.gov
Detroit police pull out of task force with DEA over Kenyel Brown serial killer case
Detroit police pull out of task force with DEA over Kenyel Brown serial killer casePublished: March 3, 2020, 6:49 amDetroit police Chief James Craig said there is a breach of trust between his department and the federal agency. He said the DEA is refusing to admit they used Kenyel Brown as a an informant.
Leader of Drug Trafficking Organization Convicted of International Drug Trafficking Conspiracy
A woman from Culiacan, Mexico was convicted after a seven-day jury trial for her role in an international drug trafficking conspiracy to transport thousands of kilograms of cocaine and dozens of pounds of methamphetamine into the United States. U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the District of Columbia presided over the trial and will impose sentence. According to the evidence introduced at trial, Fajardo Campos ran a drug trafficking organization with her adult children that was aligned with the Sinaloa cartel. She sourced cocaine directly from Colombia, employed pilots, and brokered the purchase of jets to fly the cocaine to Central America and Mexico. She partnered with other traffickers in the Sinaloa cartel and her children for further distribution of the cocaine into the United States.justice.gov
DEA agent who lost eyesight after being shot makes his new mission to help others
DETROIT – When Joseph Piersante was shot while working with the Drug Enforcement Administration, his life changed forever. Piersante’s job as a DEA agent took him to Afghanistan as part of the FAST Team. “These drug labs, they (the Taliban) fiercely defend them and there all behind enemy lines.”In 2009, while overseas, Piersante was shot in the head and lost his eyesight. “I had a frontal lobe brain injury because the bullet went to the front of my brain. I had two ruptured eye globes and two detached retinas, in which resulted in the brain injury, resulting in the craniotomy,” he said.
Warren police, DEA raid 10 homes
WARREN, Mich. - Police and the DEA carried out 10 raids at homes near the Warren-Detroit border. Sky4 video shows one person in handcuffs on the ground outside a home around 6 a.m. Wednesday. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said the raid was targeting a major drug organization responsible for distributing drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. There were eight arrests. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Too big to prosecute, An American Terrorist, Airlift
Too big to prosecute, An American Terrorist, Airlift Whistleblowers: DEA attorneys went easy on McKesson, the country’s largest drug distributor; then, rejecting hate, after spending nearly a decade spreading it; and, saving rhino with helicopterscbsnews.com
Report: Taxpayer dollars paid for DEA sex parties
The scandal involving DEA agents and sex parties in Colombia was much worse than originally thought, according to a new report. Congress held a hearing Tuesday to go over the details of the parties that in some cases were paid for with U.S. government money. Chip Reid reports.cbsnews.com