NEW YORK (AP) — A Guatemalan presidential candidate was arrested Wednesday in Miami on drug and weapons charges, accused of plotting to assassinate political rivals and to let drug dealers use...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans has become the 16th city to join a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration initiative to fight heroin and prescription drug abuse.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration viewed one drug-producing company as the "kingpin within a drug cartel," according to a Tennessee lawsuit over the opioid...
PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says it has seized a cache of narcotics and weapons and arrested six people after a monthslong investigation into a local criminal...
Ex head of DEA post in Colombia cleared in misconduct probe
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's high-profile office in Colombia has been cleared of wrongdoing following a probe of misconduct allegations, including accusations that he used government resources to hire prostitutes.
A DEA letter addressed to Richard Dobrich said the investigation turned up "no evidence to support this allegation" and was being closed.
DEA agent charged in NY drug-trafficking conspiracy
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced conspiracy charges Tuesday against a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent accused of providing firearms to a violent drug-trafficking organization that has been blamed for a half dozen murders.
The agent, Fernando Gomez, was arrested at the DEA's Chicago field division and charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting the possession of firearms, among other counts.
Flathead reservation pharmacy fined $95K for missing opioids
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A pharmacy on Montana's Flathead Indian Reservation has been fined $95,000 for failing to account for 2,500 oxyodone tablets from March 2017 to March 2018.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted an inspection of the tribal pharmacy in St. Ignatius after learning about the missing opioids. Inspectors found pharmacy staff were not adequately tracking controlled substances. The pharmacy also failed to report to the DEA that oxycodone was missing.
Federal drug agency opens new office in Traverse City
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is opening an office in Traverse City.
The DEA's Detroit Field Division says the new post will help the agency identify, disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations and their subsidiaries in northern Michigan.
Special Agent in Charge Timothy Plancon (PLAN-sun) says the office will work closely with the Michigan State Police Traverse Narcotics Team, which includes more than a dozen federal, state and local agencies.
Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to US
WASHINGTON (AP) — Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Most of that was the result of a record number of opioid-related deaths.
APNewsBreak: DEA’s Colombia post jarred by misconduct probes
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — New turmoil has roiled the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's high-profile office in Colombia, where at least three agents have left in recent months amid investigations into alleged misconduct, including accusations that one passed secrets to drug cartels and another used government resources to hire prostitutes.
Attorneys general asking DEA to tighten drug manufacture
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys general from West Virginia and 10 other states are asking the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to further tighten the manufacture of opioids.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office says the DEA's preliminary quotas for 2019 don't reflect the federal agency's position that demand shouldn't be equated with legitimate need. He said he believes the proposed quotas are still excessive, even with a 10 percent reduction.
Police chief to resign, take job with DEA
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York police chief is leaving his position to take a role in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced Tuesday Chief Michael Ciminelli will resign Sept. 15. He had served as police chief since March 2014.
Deputy Chief Mark Simmons will serve as interim chief. Simmons has been with the department for 16 years.
DEA, other law enforcement agencies raid home, 2 pharmacies
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies conducted raids at a West Virginia home and two pharmacies as part of an investigation into pharmacy practices.
US, Mexico announce new strategies on cartels
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials unveiled some additional strategies in combating Mexican drug cartels Wednesday in Chicago alongside members of the Mexican government, military and federal police, who said one priority was to capture the leader of the increasingly powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A group of federal investigators working on an international fentanyl trafficking case that began with an overdose death in North Dakota has been recognized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
DEA officials announced Wednesday that the team led by U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers of North Dakota, Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Kerin of Oregon and trial attorney Adrienne Rose has earned the Administrator's Award for Outstanding Group Achievement.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has approved a rule change requiring drugmakers to identify a legitimate need for opioids to justify their production in an attempt to rein in their diversion for illicit purposes.
The DEA announced Wednesday that the final rule sent for publication in the Federal Register will consider the extent to which a legally prescribed drug is diverted for abuse when the agency sets its annual opioid production limits.
FBI, DEA agents raid pain clinic in Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal agents have raided a Kentucky pain clinic as the FBI says it is investigating "multiple locations around Louisville."
Special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were sorting through boxes inside Bluegrass Pain Consultants on Tuesday.
- The AdvocateReport: Former DEA official consulting for Purdue PharmaMarch 20, 2019
- The Herald-DispatchOutlets argue for release of pill dataJanuary 27, 2019
- The Herald-DispatchPublic encouraged to take part in National Drug Take Back DayOctober 27, 2018
- Cleveland.comDrop off unused prescription drugs in Cleveland this Saturday for National Drug Take Back DayOctober 23, 2018
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is establishing a new field division based in Omaha that will include Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
In a news conference Thursday in Omaha, DEA Acting Administrator Robert Patterson said the new division will open in July. It is the agency's 23rd division office in the United States.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A television station's analysis has found that thousands of Minnesota doctors and other medical professionals aren't complying with a law requiring them to create an account with the state's Prescription Monitoring Program.
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is planning to open a new post in Paducah.
A release from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office says the Republican from Kentucky urged the DEA to consider a "tremendous upsurge in the amount of methamphetamine and synthetic cannabinoids imported and distributed in western Kentucky."
Every aspect of the pharmaceutical supply chain bears responsibility for the havoc and senseless death unleashed upon West Virginia - and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is no exception.
The DEA - the agency tasked with effectively limiting how many opioid pain pills can be manufactured has been asleep at the switch and unwilling to recognize fatal flaws within its own system.
Such inaction led our office to unilaterally sue DEA.
Judge in opioid lawsuit talks wants DEA to share drug data
CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge wants government-held data about prescription painkiller sales and distribution to be shared with attorneys involved in settlement talks about hundreds of lawsuits over the country's opioid epidemic.
Judge overseeing opioid lawsuits pushes DEA to release drug data for settlement talks
Judge overseeing opioid lawsuits pushes DEA to release drug data for settlement talks
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The federal judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits local governments filed against opioid manufacturers and distributors is pushing the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to release government-collected painkiller data to both sides engaging in settlement talks.
Ex-DEA task force member pleads guilty to cash, drug theft
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration narcotics task force member in Louisiana has pleaded guilty to stealing cash and drugs.
Court: Exhibits used in pill mill trial should be withheld
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal appeals court has sided with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in a fight over the agency's refusal to release thousands of pages of exhibits used in the trial of a doctor convicted of running an Ohio pill mill.
Providence-based freelance journalist Phil Eil (EYE'-el) sought records in the 2011 trial of Paul Volkman in Cincinnati. The DEA refused to release most of them, citing patients' privacy.
Intermountain Healthcare will pay the federal government $1 million in a settlement stemming from allegations of drug diversion that went on for several years.
US officials investigating Oregon marijuana operation
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating a marijuana processing facility in Oregon after an explosion there injured a man who was previously convicted in a money laundering operation linked to pot-trafficking.
Feds: Raleigh man made Xanax, sold it on ‘dark web’
A Raleigh man made and sold Xanax pills through encrypted websites in exchange for bitcoin, according to federal authorities.
2 DEA anti-heroin enforcement teams coming to 5 states
CLEVELAND (AP) — The federal government is sending law enforcement teams to cities in five states to help stop the flow of heroin and synthetic opioids.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said Friday the teams will enhance the agency's ability to combat problems surrounding heroin, fentanyl and drug trafficking violence.
The DEA is sending teams to Cincinnati and Cleveland; Long Island, New York; Raleigh, North Carolina; New Bedford, Massachusetts; and Charleston, West Virginia.
People across the country are being asked to take an important step this weekend to help fight the opioid epidemic that plagues the nation, including the region we live in. It's not that difficult, but it may help curb the availability of powerful prescription drugs that could become subject to misuse.
HUNTINGTON — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at more than 5,000 locations nationwide, including several in the Tri-State area.
The day offers the public a chance to dispose of any unused or outdated medications safely, no questions asked, from Alka-Seltzer to OxyContin.
The DEA lists five participating locations locally for Saturday:
America’s homeland has been attacked by WMDs — deadly weapons of mass devastation that have inflicted death and suffering at a rate no doubt envied by terrorists and evil-doers. These WMDs have killed more than 200,000 Americans — more than three times the number of U.S. troops killed in the Vietnam War. We are talking about pharmaceutical WMDs — opioids. Pharma companies make them to be prescription-only painkillers. But opioids are addictive. And when craved and abused, opioid painkillers can...
Now that light has been shed on a 2016 law that critics say weakened the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to crack down on suspicious shipments of opioid prescription pills, Congress should act quickly to correct the situation.
Despite all the current fingerpointing about who did or didn't know the impact of the legislation, the sensible thing to do is to repeal the pertinent pieces of it.
DEA agent charged with stealing money from suspects
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A veteran agent from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New Orleans has been indicted on charges he engaged in a scheme to steal money and property seized in drug investigations and perjured himself in court.
The federal indictment unsealed Monday also accuses the agent, Chad Allen Scott, of accepting an illegal "gratuity" worth at least $10,000 for recommending that prosecutors seek a reduced sentence for a criminal defendant.
Acting DEA head tells employees he is stepping down
WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is stepping down while the agency awaits the Trump administration's nomination of its permanent leader.
A person familiar with the move said Chuck Rosenberg will leave the post Oct. 1. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters, said Rosenberg notified employees of his decision in a short email Tuesday in which he thanked them for their hard work.
Methamphetamine use on the rise in southern Illinois
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says the amount of methamphetamine coming into southern Illinois has been increasing for the past five or 10 years.
The region has become a prime destination for Mexican drug cartels bringing cheaper and higher quality crystal meth into the U.S., DEA agent Doug Dorley told the Belleville News-Democrat .
Big US drug target nabbed in London in trafficking operation
NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime target of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration known as the "Sultan" has been arrested in London on charges he aided a massive drug trafficking operation, authorities announced Friday.
Mexico court re-sentences kingpin in 1985 DEA agent slaying
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A court in Mexico has re-sentenced convicted drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo for the 1985 killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent.
Felix Gallardo had been serving a 40-year sentence for the murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena. But many of those convicted in the killing had filed appeals.
The federal judiciary council said Wednesday that the new sentence is 37 years plus a reparation payment equivalent to about $1.17 million.
APNewsBreak: Utah to obey order for DEA drug database search
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah will obey a court order to let the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration search a prescription-drug database without a warrant, despite a state law designed to protect patient privacy.
The state disagrees with the ruling that found people can't expect privacy in the highly regulated prescription-drug industry, but state attorneys have decided not to appeal after reviewing similar cases, said Utah Attorney General's Office spokesman Dan Burton in a statement Monday.
State and federal drug enforcement agents have arrested six Mississippi healthcare professionals, including a doctor and his medical assistant, on felony drug charges. The arrests stem from separate drug investigations conducted jointly by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, said MBN Director John Dowdy on Tuesday. According to Director Dowdy, those arrested were: • Cynthia Purvis, 53, of Corinth, a pharmacy technician and 20-year employee of a Corinth...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge is ordering Utah officials to let the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration search a state prescription-drug database without a warrant despite arguments about medical patient privacy.
U.S. District Judge David Nuffer on Thursday gave the Utah Department of Commerce and the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing three weeks to comply with a DEA subpoena or be held in contempt of court.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana sheriff's deputy who was part of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars seized in a drug raid.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As the nation's opioid epidemic intensified, Indiana cracked down on over-prescribing doctors and "pill mills" catering to people with addictions. The state also took aim at doctor-shopping — the practice of visiting multiple physicians to score more painkillers.
The measures had an impact, but not what officials hoped for.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says drug overdose deaths rose by 37 percent last year across Pennsylvania last year, with some of the largest increases in rural counties.
The DEA's data released Thursday reported 4,642 drug fatalities in Pennsylvania in 2016, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday warned of a new problem presented by the nation's drug abuse epidemic: the threat of law enforcement officers accidentally overdosing.
Officers and paramedics are increasingly coming in contact with potent synthetic opioids that can be dangerous and deadly, a troubling side effect of the United States' opioid crisis.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration misled the public, Congress and Justice Department officials about an aggressive yet poorly planned strategy that led to a series of deadly confrontations involving agents in Honduras, government watchdogs wrote in a scathing report released Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a report on the U.S. drug enforcement strategy in Honduras (all times local):
Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy says a watchdog report about a series of deadly encounters during an aggressive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration operation in Honduras raises questions about whether the incidents are isolated.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The largest city in a state with one of the nation's worst drug overdose rates was added Wednesday to a federal program aimed at helping similar cities deal with the scourge of heroin and prescription drug addiction.