A Mexican cartel leader convicted of the 1985 torture and murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena Salazar could soon be released from prison in Mexico, Fox News reports.
Ernesto “Don Neto” Fonseca Carrillo, 85, who was one of the leaders of the Guadalajara Cartel has served 30 years of a 40-year sentence.
Fonseca Carillo is eligible for house arrest.
The government is considering a proposal by defense attorneys to move Fonseca Carillo to a house, which would be guarded.
By Allan Lengel
Washington, like a lot of other major cities, has had to deal with the plague of synthetic drugs for years. But the city has been slow to respond, writes Jeffrey Anderson in the D.C. City Paper.
Anderson writes about authorities charging Nebiyu Jamal Fanta, who worked at the Benning Market & Dollar Plus in a tough section of D.C.
Until this summer, Fanta’s was one of only five cases on file in D.C. Superior Court, even as MPD Chief Cathy Lanier and Mayor Muriel Bowser cite synthetic drugs as a contributing factor to a recent spike in D.C. homicides and tout some 70 synthetic drug-related arrests this year. Overdoses among homeless persons have further elevated the issue to what is being described as a public health crisis and a threat to public safety. D.C. officials said they initially suspected synthetic drugs were a factor in the stabbing death of 24-year-old American University graduate Kevin Sutherland aboard a Metro Red Line train on July 4, then began to question the suspect’s mental state. Lanier has cited the drugs as a factor in three other unidentified homicides, and in July, the Pretrial Services Agency says 20 percent of recent violent crime suspects had tested positive for synthetic drugs.
Now, after years of dithering, and in the midst of a summer crime wave, D.C. officials have leapt into action with a series of legislative, regulatory, and investigative efforts—both civil and criminal—aimed at preventing the drugs from overwhelming a city. But in spite of the newfound urgency, the question remains: What took them so long?
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By Steve Neavling
Border Patrol has made an alarming discovery – candy laced with methamphetamine.
The Desert Sun reports that agents discovered several boxes of the candy at a checkpoint on Highway 86 near the Salton Sea.
Drug-sniffing dogs led agents to candy, which was inside a 2012 Nissan Frontier being driven by a 48-year-old man.
The tamarind candy, which was labeled in Spanish, tested positive for methamphetamine.
The DEA is now investigating.
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A former Secret Service agent accused of pocketing $820,000 worth of Bitcoin money while investigating the Silk Road online drug marketplace has pleaded guilty to money laundering and obstruction of justice.
Tech Times reports that then-Secret Service Agent Shaun Bridges admitted Monday to stealing the Bitcoin money and placing it in a personal account.
Bridges said he stole about 20,000 Bitcoin in 2013.
Another federal agent, Carl Force, also admitted to stealing the digital currency several month ago.
“This case shows we will act quickly to hold wrongdoers accountable, no matter who they are,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell said.
For the fourth year in a row, cocaine production declined in Bolivia after the DEA was forced to leave the country, Mint Press News reports.
Last year, cocaine production dropped 11% over the prior year, according to the United Nations.
The DEA was forced out of Bolivia seven years ago, and instead of seeking punitive measures, the Bolivian government found alternative crops for farmers.
“Bolivia has adopted a policy based on dialogue, where coca cultivation is allowed in traditional areas alongside alternative development [in others],” Antonino de Leo, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s representative in Bolivia, told VICE News.
“It’s not only about making money off a crop. In the old fashioned alternative development approach, we substitute one illicit crop for a licit crop. It’s about a more comprehensive approach that includes access to essential services like schools, hospitals, and roads in areas that traditionally have been hard to reach,” Leo added.
By Steve Neavling
When Border Patrol agents found a man in scuba gear, they knew something odd was afoot.
Turns out, the man was smuggling drugs through a tunnel that was partially underwater at the end of the All-American Canal, about 7 miles east of Calexico, Calif., The Associated Press reports.
Near the man was a breathing tank and several vacuum-sealed packages containing 55 pounds of cocaine.
The April 25 discovery unearthed a 150-foot-long tunnel that stretched from the canal to a house in Mexicali, Mexico.
“Drug smugglers will try anything to move their product — even scuba diving in an underwater tunnel,” U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said in a statement. “The ingenuity of the smugglers is matched only by our determination to thwart it.”
A DEA agent was off duty getting his car worked on when he saw a suspicious encounter.
Ricky Nuckles, 41, parked his car at a gas station, where another car pulled up, and a man placed a large suitcase in the back of Nuckles’ car before driving off, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Suspicious, the agent confronted Nuckles, who ran into the store and ditched his cell phone.
The agent spotted a firearm in the driver’s seat and called 911.
As police and more agents arrived, they found cocaine worth $750,000 and a handgun after Nuckles agreed to a search.
“Thanks to a vigilant off-duty DEA agent, 22 kilograms of cocaine is off the streets, and Nuckles’ drug-trafficking days are finished,” U.S. attorney John Horn said.
Nuckles was sentenced Thursday to 17 years and 7 months in prison.