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Archive for July 23rd, 2021

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Couple Busted with Block of Cocaine Concealed as Marble Cake, Maine DEA Says

This deceptive cake contained 4 pounds of cocaine. Photo: Maine DEA.

By Steve Neavling

A drug-sniffing dog helped authorities in Maine bust a couple who disguised 4 pounds of cocaine as a marble cake in shiny blue packaging. 

Law enforcement officers were acting on a tip when they pulled over a car in Gardiner, Maine, this week and found the deceptive cake, which included coffee founds to cover up the scent, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said in a news release.

The cocaine has a street value of $200,000.

Police also seized about $1,900 in cash, which authorities believe was from drug sales. 

John Cedeno, 25, of New York, and Chelsy Cochran, 33, of Winslow, Maine, were arrested and charged with drug trafficking. 

Cocaine disguised as cake, with cash from suspect drug sales. Photo: Maine DEA.

DOJ Launches Strike Forces to Combat Gun Violence in 5 Metro Areas

File photo of guns, via ATF

By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department on Thursday launched an ambitious new initiative to reduce gun violence by cracking down on firearm tracking in five metropolitan areas. 

The cross-jurisdictional strike forces will focus on New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and the San Francisco and Sacramento region. 

U.S. attorneys will lead the effort and work with the ATF and local and state law enforcement agencies.

The plan is to use data, evidence and intelligence gathered at crime scenes to “identify patterns, leads, and potential suspects in violent gun crimes,” the Justice Department said in a news release.

“All too often, guns found at crime scenes come from hundreds or even thousands of miles away,” Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said. “We are redoubling our efforts as ATF works with law enforcement to track the movement of illegal firearms used in violent crimes. These strike forces enable sustained coordination across multiple jurisdictions to help disrupt the worst gun trafficking corridors. The Department of Justice will use all of its tools – enforcement, prevention, intervention, and investment – to help ensure the safety of our communities – the department’s highest priority.”

The strike forces are part of the DOJ’s “Violent Crime Reduction Strategy,” which was announced in May.