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DEA Agent’s Daughter, Dubbed As ‘Adorable Drug Kingpin,’ Has Been Indicted

Sarah Furay, dubbed the "Adorable Drug Kingpin."

Sarah Furay, dubbed the “Adorable Drug Kingpin.”

By Steve Neavling

A DEA agent’s daughter, whose smiling mugshot went viral, has been indicted 11 months after she was arrested on drug charges.

Sarah Elizabeth Furay, 20, was indicted on four charges related to drug dealing, the Houston Chronicle reports. 

She’s charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, methamphetamine and lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD. Furay also was charged with possession of marijuana.

Some of the media dubbed Furay as an “adorable drug kingpin” after she was arrested in November 2015.

The DEA confirmed in December that her father, Bill Furay, worked for the agency for more than 20 years and was then a supervisory special agent in the Houston division.

A trial date has not yet been scheduled.

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‘Silk Road’ Bust Reveals Challenge of Cracking Secret Internet

Steve Neavling 

When federal agents swarmed Silk Road founder Ross William Ulbricht at a public library in San Francisco, the arrest of the alleged kingpin did little to curtail others from selling and buying drugs on the Internet’s largely untraceable underground, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Silk Road is not the only online drug marketplace. Web sites such as Sheep Marketplace offer special browsers to allow users to anonymously buy just about anything.

There’s no way of telling how much money and drugs are being exchanged, but a look at Silk Road offers a glimpse into one enterprise: Authorities said the site sold $1.2 billion in drugs and other contraband in less than three years.

“People have had the ability to set up enterprises that violate laws for a long time,” said Phil Zimmermann, who developed PGP, or “pretty good privacy,” as a human rights tool in the 1990s, the Sun wrote. “I don’t think that Silk Road is any worse than any other … conduit through which you could sell anything legal or illegal.”


Leaked Memos: DEA Sought to Assassinate Drug Kingpin in Mexico; President Obama Opposed on ‘Moral Grounds’

Steve Neavling

New memos leaked by WikiLeaks shows the DEA asked the White House for permission to kill notorious kingpin and fugitive Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Latin Times reports.

The messages come from Fred Burton, vice president of intelligence and an expert on Mexican drug cartels.

“If the DEA can specifically locate the Sinaloa boss El Chapo, he will be assassinated,” Burton wrote, according to the documents.

Nevertheless, Guzman, kingpin of the notorious Sinaloa drug cartel, remains a fugitive.

For his part, President Obama said he wouldn’t approve an assassination.

“Obama won’t approve a finding for covert action inside MX based on ‘moral grounds,'” Burton wrote.

U.S., Mexican Authorities Search for Former Drug Lord, DEA Killer Who Was Released From Prison Early

Steve Neavling 

So outraged by the early release of a 60-year-old former drug lord from a Mexican prison, U.S. and Mexican authorities are scrambling to track down the man who brutally killed an American DEA agent, Fox News reports.

The U.S. has expressed outrage that a Mexican court would allow Rafael Caro Quintero to be released shortly after midnight on Aug. 9. He was convicted of killing DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

The Mexican government planned to follow Quintero after his release but lost him after just 20 minutes, Fox News reported.

The release also threatens to damage relations between the two countries, according to Fox News.

Atty. Gen. Holder Offers Jamaica Condolences for “Loss of Citizens and Law Enforcement Officials”

kingston mapBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. commented Thursday on the deadly effort to extradite Jamaican kingpin Christopher “Dudus”  Coke, and offered condolences to the Jamaican people for “the loss of the citizens and law enforcement officials who have been killed.”

“As the Jamaican government seeks to uphold the rule of law, the United States stands in support of its efforts to ensure public safety and to combat drug trafficking and other criminal activity,” Holder said at a State Department function on Carribean-U.S. Security. “And we honor our brave law enforcement partners for their service, sacrifice, and commitment to the cause of justice.”

Jamaican soldiers and police have been battling with gunmen who have been fighting in Kingston to prevent the extradition of Coke to New York.  As of Thursday, about 70 people had been killed including three police officer, the Associated Press reported. It said 28 police officers had been wounded.

“As we continue to monitor events in Jamaica, let me assure each of you that this effort is a top priority, not only for the Department of Justice, but also for the Departments of State, Homeland Security and Defense. And we are all proud to call you our partners.”

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Feds Say Detroit Drug Kingpin Used Mexican Plastic Surgeon to Change Face and Remove Fingerprints


Some drug dealers use fake identities. But Adarus Mazio Black was a little more creative and was willing to travel thousands of miles to throw the feds off  track.

By Paul Egan
The Detroit News
DETROIT — Adarus Mazio Black made so many millions from the cocaine he sold and so feared detection of murders committed to protect his turf that he used multiple identities and paid a plastic surgeon in Mexico to change his facial appearance and surgically remove his fingerprints, a federal jury was told Tuesday.

Black’s drug trial, expected to last about three weeks in U.S. District Court in Detroit, could provide a rare glimpse into the secretive and violent life of an alleged drug kingpin.

Special Agent Edward Donovan of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration testified that he began to investigate Black after learning a major Manhattan drug dealer, Angel “Amigo” Esparza, had moved to Detroit to set up a cocaine-dealing operation.

On Aug. 24, 2004, just days after moving to Detroit, Esparza’s bullet-riddled body was found in a Detroit alley. The burning and duct-taped body of an Esparza associate, Rigoberto Martinez, was found in another alley.

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