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TOP STORIES 2012
DEC 26 DEA Publishes Proposed Regulations for Disposing of Controlled Substance Prescription Drugs
DEC 21 DEA’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force and NJSP Search of Quiet Neighborhood Home Uncovers Heroin Mill and $6 Million of Heroin
DEC 17 DEA Announces Results of Operation Knight Stalker
DEC 11 DEA News: HSBC Holdings Plc. and HSBC Bank USA N.A. Admit to Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions Violations, Forfeit $1.256 Billion in Deferred Prosecution Agreement
DEC 07 Burien Woman Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Role in Drug And Money Laundering Conspiracies
DEC 06 “Project Below the Beltway” Targets Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels and Affiliated Violent Street Gangs Nationwide
DEC 03 More than 0570 Pounds of Crystal Methamphetamine Seized
NOV 28 Results of Violent Crime Reduction Partnership Announced
NOV 27 DEA Serves Order to Show Cause to Three Walgreens Pharmacies
NOV 20 Alleged Leader of Ethnic-Albanian Organized Crime Syndicate Extradited to the U.S. to Face Drug and Money Laundering Charges
NOV 20 Canadian Trucker Convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
NOV 14 Former El Paso County Commissioner Willie Gandara, Jr. Sentenced to Federal Prison
NOV 09 Whatcom County Resident Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Conspiring to Smuggle Massive Cocaine Shipment to Canada
NOV 06 Leader of Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
NOV 02 DEA Drug Task Force, Providence Police Investigation Results in Seizure of Record 19 Kilos of Heroin
NOV 01 Verdict Returned Against Two Remaining Defendants in Murder-for-Hire and Drug Trafficking Conspiracy
OCT 30 Drug Trafficking Co-conspirators Head to Federal Prison
OCT 22 Mexican Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 040 years in Federal Prison
OCT 19 U.S. Based Leader of International Drug Smuggling Ring Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison
OCT 17 Former Colombian Prosecutor Pleads Guilty to Role in International Drug Trafficking Conspiracy
OCT 10 Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Seizure of Over $31 Million in Connection with an International Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Scheme
OCT 01 Final Defendant in Rhode Island’s Largest Cocaine Bust Ever Pleads Guilty in Federal Court
SEP 28 SoCal Toy Company Pleads Guilty in Money Laundering Conspiracy
SEP 25 DEA Holds its Fifth Prescription Drug Take-Back Day SEP 29 as Public Participation Continues to Rise
SEP 20 39 Kilos of Heroin worth over $20 Million Seized in Richmond Hill, Queens
SEP 17 Accused Drug Trafficker Arrested in Panama Appears in Miami Federal Court
SEP 14 DEA Serves a Suspension Order on Walgreens Distribution Center in Jupiter, Florida
SEP 13 Former U.S. Army Captain Pleads Guilty to Importing Heroin from Afghanistan into the United States
SEP 12 DEA Revokes Two CVS Retailers’ Ability To Sell Controlled Substances
SEP 10 McAllen Jury Convicts Major Brownsville Drug Trafficker
SEP 07 Four Sentenced in Cocaine Transport Conspiracy
AUG 31 Eduardo Arellano-Felix Extradited from Mexico to the United States to Face Charges
AUG 23 DEA and Mexico Announce Further Steps to Combat Meth Production
AUG 21 United States Attorneys Announce Multistate Operation Targeting Illegal Marijuana Cultivation on Public Lands
AUG 20 DEA News: Feds Announce Seizure of $150 Million in Connection with Hizballah-related Money Laundering Scheme
AUG 16 Operaton Pill Nation Strikes Again with Phase II Takedown
AUG 08 Alleged International Narcotics Trafficker Extradited from Colombia on Cocaine Importation Charges
AUG 03 DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart Awarded Order of Merit from Dominican Republic President
AUG 01 Mexican Toy Dealer Pleads Guilty in Drug Money Laundering Case
JUL 26 DEA NEWS: Nationwide Synthetic Drug Takedown 
JUL 23 Attorney General Eric Holder and Philadelphia MAYor Michael Nutter Announce Partnership to Combat Violent Crime
JUL 12 DEA Probe Leads to Discovery of Cross-Border Drug Tunnel in San Luis, AZ
JUL 06 DEA and Tempe Police Announce Results of Operation Nayarit Stampede
JUN 29 Barrio Azteca Leader Sentenced to Life in Prison
JUN 27 Federal Investigation Takes Down New Breed of Pill Mills in Florida
JUN 25 International Drug Trafficker Extradited from Czech Republic to United States
JUN 19 Congress Agrees to Add 26 Synthetic Drugs to Controlled Substances Act
JUN 12 Haji Bagcho Sentenced To Life in Prison on Narco-Terrorism, Drug Trafficking Charges
JUN 08 Jamaican Drug Lord Christopher Michael Coke Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison
JUN 06 45 Indicted in Major DEA-Led Investigations of Drug Trafficking Operations at San Juan International Airport
JUN 04 Drug Enforcement Administration Honored By Mexico President Calderon
MAY 25 1.4 Tons of Cocaine Seized
MAY 23 Extradited: Armando Villareal, Leader of International Drug Trafficking Cartel
MAY 17 DEA Investigation of Express Scripts Drug Diversion, Regulatory Violations Leads to $2.75 Million Settlement
MAY 15 DEA Suspends for Two Years Pharmaceutical Wholesale Distributor’s Ability to Sell Controlled Substances from Lakeland, Florida Facility
MAY 11 Omnicare in $50 Million Settlement- Largest Controlled Substance Settlement in History
MAY 08 Four Sinaloa Cartel Figures Targeted Including Sons of “Chapo” Guzman
MAY 04 Five Charged for Distributing Heroin That Led to Death of 21 Year Old Laurin Putnam
MAY 03 Fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event Collects Record 276 Tons
APR 30 DEA Diversion Investigation Leads to $500000 Settlement in Internet Pharmacy Case
APR 25 TSA Screeners at LAX Arrested on Federal Drug Trafficking, Corruption Charges
APR 24 RICO Indictments for Sinaloa Cartel Leaders Including “El Chapo” Guzman, “MAYo” Zambada, 22 Others
APR 24 Arrests in Major Nationwide Drug Trafficking Investigation—Includes Those Associated With“Thizz Entertainment”
APR 19 Doctors, Owner of Pain Clinics Indicted for Illegal Prescription Drug Distribution
APR 16 Operation Adam Bomb: Arrest of Creators, Operators of Online Secret Narcotics Marketplace
APR 16 DEA to Hold Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day APR 28
APR 12 Treasury Designates Major Mexican Drug Chemical Traffickers
APR 10 DEA Announces Treasury Sanctions Against Top Guatemalan Drug Trafficker With Ties to Los Zetas
APR 05 Juarez Drug Cartel Leader Guilty of Charges Related to U.S. Consulate Murders and Others: Sentenced To More Than 10 Life Terms in Prison
APR 05 Viktor Bout Sentenced to 25 Years for Terrorist Crimes
APR 02 Leader of Notorious Tijuana Cartel/Arellano-Felix Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced for Racketeering, Money Laundering
MAR 26 Drug Conspiracy/Murder-for-Hire Plot Disrupted by DEA Investigation
MAR 13 Haji Bagcho, One of World’s Largest Heroin Traffickers, Convicted on Drug Trafficking, Narco-Terrorism Charges
MAR 12 Gulf Cartel Plaza Boss Convicted in Texas
MAR 08 Mexican, U.S. Women Leading Law Enforcement Efforts Against Transnational Crime
MAR 05 California Doctor Charged With Murder in Multiple Patient Deaths
MAR 02 One of the Largest Methamphetamine Seizures in American History
FEB 29 Chemicals Used in "Spice" and "K2" Type Products Under Federal Control and Regulation for Additional 06 Months
FEB 23 DEA Joins Chicago MAYor, Police in Major Drug Violence, Gang Reduction Initiative
FEB 22 Federal Jury Convicts Four Texas-Based Barrio Azteca Gang Members
FEB 15 Barrio Azteca Gang Leader Sentenced in Texas to Life in Prison
FEB 14 More Than Four Life Sentences for Dr. Paul Volkman: Illegally Prescribed Drugs Resulting in Four Deaths 
FEB 10 Largest Drug Bust in Colorado History
FEB 08 DEA Afghanistan Unit Receives Prestigious Joint Chiefs of Staff Award
FEB 07 Operator of Large Scale Ecstasy Trafficking Ring Sentenced to 22 Years
FEB 06 DEA Suspends Pharmaceutical Wholesale Distributor and Retailers’ Ability to Sell Controlled Substances
FEB 01 Twelve Indicted in Huge Detroit Heroin, Cocaine, and Marijuana Conspiracy
JAN 24 Return of Fugitive Oscar Martinez-Hernandez from Venezuela
JAN 20 Two More Defendants Sentenced in Florida Pill Mill Operation
JAN 04 Former Leader of the Arellano-Felix Organization Pleads Guilty

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