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DEA’s St. Louis Division Seizes Record Amount of Fentanyl As Overdoses Reach Alarming Levels

Rainbow fentanyl pills seized by the DEA. Photo via DEA.

By Steve Neavling

The DEA’s St. Louis Division seized a record amount of fentanyl in fiscal year 2022 – more than eight times the amount confiscated five years ago. 

The division seized 671 pounds in 2022, compared to 396 pounds in 2021, 180 pounds in 2020, 227 pounds in 2019, and 77 pounds in 2018. 

“Looking at this staggering increase in seizures, there is no question that DEA and its local, state and federal partners have stepped up our efforts to stop fentanyl from reaching our communities,” Special Agent in Charge Michael A. Davis said in a statement Monday. “Unfortunately, the drugs pouring into the Midwest in multiple forms is also a sign that drug trafficking organizations will go to any length to profit from the misery of our citizens. We’ll continue to take down these criminal networks and put out the message that what they’re selling kills.”

CBP announced a record amount of fentanyl was seized at the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2022. 

The seizures come at a time when overdoses are reaching alarming levels. 

In April, the Drug Enforcement Administration warned of an alarming increase in fentanyl deaths. In the 12-month period ending in October 2021, more than 105,000 Americans died of drug overdoses, and 66% of those deaths were from synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, according to the CDC. More Americans are dying from fentanyl overdoses than gun- and auto-related deaths combined. 

Record Amount of Fentanyl, Meth Seized by DEA’s St. Louis Division

The DEA and CBP set records for the amount of fentanyl seized in 2021. Photo: Shutterstock

By Steve Neavling

The DEA’s St. Louis Division set a record for the amount of fentanyl and methamphetamine seized in 2021. 

Agents seized nearly 188 kilograms of the deadly, synthetic opioid last year, more than the previous two years combined. 

To put that into perspective, a single kilogram of fentanyl can kill up to 500,000 people.

Agents also seized 1,848 kilograms of methamphetamine in 2021. 

“With overdose deaths soaring nationwide, the DEA’s efforts to seize illegal drugs, the illegal proceeds, and the guns associated with these violent enterprises is more important than ever,” Special Agent in Charge Todd Zimmerman said in a statement. “The credit goes to our agents, task force officers, and the staff who support them. We’ll continue to do our part to prevent drug trafficking organizations from profiting from their criminal activities and causing harm in our communities.”

CBP also seized a record amount of fentanyl at the border last year.

Overdoses of fentanyl hit a new high in 2021. 

FBI Arrests Suspected Serial Killer Accused of Fatally Shooting 6 People

Perez Reed, 25. Photo: St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office

By Steve Neavling

The FBI on Monday arrested a suspected serial killer who may have killed six people and wounded two others in Missouri and Kansas. 

Agents arrested Perez Reed, 25, at a bus station on Friday, The Kansas City Star reports.

According to a special agent’s affidavit, Reed was wanted for shootings that began Sept. 12 in St. Louis County. A .40 caliber Smith & Wesson was used in each shooting, and shell casings matched the same gun. 

During his arrest, Reed was in possession of that handgun, according to the affidavit.  

On Monday, Reed was charged with the murders of two people, and additional charges are pending. 

U.S. Attorney Sayler Fleming said more than half a dozen of law enforcement agencies were involved in a “relentless investigation of these hideous and violent crimes.”

Charles A. Dayoub Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Kansas City Field Office

FBI Special Agent Charles Dayoub

By Steve Neavling

Charles A. Dayoub, who was serving as section chief in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the Kansas City Field Office. 

Dayoub began his career as a special agent in 2005, when he was assigned to the El Paso Field Office in Texas, investigating counterterrorism as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). He also served on the El Paso SWAT team. 

In 2008, he joined the JTTF in the Washington Field Office.  

In 2011, Dayoub was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters, where he oversaw international terrorism originating in the Horn of Africa. 

He was promoted in 2013 to supervisory special agent of a JTTF squad in the Philadelphia Field Office. 

In 2015, Dayoub was picked to lead the Newtown Square Resident Agency of the Philadelphia Field Office. As the supervisory senior resident agent, he supervised multiple programs, including white-collar crime, violent crime, crimes against children, health care fraud, and gangs and criminal enterprise investigations. 

 In 2017, he returned to the Counterterrorism Division as the assistant section chief of the international terrorism operations section that covered extraterritorial terrorism investigations and operations in the Middle East and Europe and includes the FBI’s Fly Team. 

In 2019, Dayoub was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Cyber Branch at the Washington Field Office, where he was responsible for cyber national security and criminal computer intrusion investigations and operations. He also oversaw the Cyber Task Force and the Computer Analysis Response Team. 

In 2020, he was promoted to section chief of the Counterintelligence Division at headquarters. 

Before joining the FBI, Dayoub was enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and practiced law in Dallas.  He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Baylor University and a Juris Doctor from the Texas Tech University School of Law. 

Timothy Langan Named Assistant Director of FBI’s Counterterrorism Division

FBI headquarters in Washington D.C.

By Steve Neavling

Timothy Langan, who was the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Kansas City Field Office, has been appointed assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at the bureau’s headquarters. 

Langan’s career at the FBI began as a special agent in 1998 in the Dallas Field Office, where he investigated Mexican drug-trafficking organizations and international terrorism. 

He transferred to the Washington Field Office in 2003, working protective operations. Langan also was a firearms and tactical instructor in Dallas and Washington.

In 2007, Langan was promoted to supervisory special agent and assigned to the Safe Streets and Gang Unit at FBI headquarters. 

In 2009, he became legal attaché in Sofia, Bulgaria.

In 2013, Langan transferred to the Nashville Resident Agency of the Memphis Field Office in Tennessee to lead a squad investigating public corruption, civil rights and complex financial crimes. 

In 2016, he became assistant special agent in charge of the criminal enterprise branch at the Miami Field Office.

In 2019, Langan was named section chief in the International Operations Division, where he oversaw operational units covering Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In addition, he served as the division’s acting deputy assistant director.

Before joining the FBI, Langan served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a police officer and detective in St. Charles, Missouri.

ATF Agents Rescue 4 Cats, 1 Dog While Investigating Kansas City Apartment Fire

ATF agents rescued four cats and a dog, via ATF.

By Steve Neavling

ATF agents rescued four cats and a dog on Sunday while investigating a fire that destroyed a Kansas City apartment building. 

The animals were found after agents entered a part of the building that had been inaccessible. 

KC Pet Project, a nonprofit animal shelter, helped agents rescue the four-legged creatures. 

“As we continue to search for the cause of the Waldo Heights Apt fire, today @ATFKansasCity agents found themselves in a different role- rescuing 4 cats and a dog from an area of the building we had not been able to access great teamwork with the AMAZING @kcpetproject !” the ATF’s Kansas City office tweeted. 

“Their owners must be so relieved and thankful,” the Kansas City Police Department posted on Twitter.

The fire broke out shortly after 8 p.m. Monday. Several minor injuries were reported. 

FBI: Missouri Man Who Plotted Hospital Attack Was White Supremacist in Touch with Army Soldier

Timothy Wilson, via Facebook.

By Steve Neavling

The Missouri man killed during a shootout with the FBI on Tuesday was a suspected white supremacist who was in contact with a then-active U.S. Army solder who was planning his own attack, according to the FBI.

More details have emerged about 36-year-old Timothy Wilson, who was “espoused white supremacist” and “made a threat that if any agent attempted to [search his property] they should ‘bring a lot of body bags,” according to the FBI alert obtained by ABC News.

Wilson was planning to soon try to detonate a bomb at a Kansas City-area medical center that was busy handling coronavirus patients.

According to the FBI alert, Wilson had “shared instructions on how to make an” improvised explosive device with another domestic terrorism suspect near Kansas City.

That suspect was Jarrett Smith, whom the FBI arrested in September 2019 for allegedly discussing a plot to bomb a major news network and attack then-Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, ABC News reports.

The FBI had been investigating Wilson for more than a year.

FBI Says Man Killed in Shootout Planned to Blow Up Hospital During Coronavirus Pandemic

By Steve Neavling

A Missouri man was killed during a shootout with the FBI on Tuesday after authorities say he planned blow up a hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.

Members of an FBI joint terrorism task force attempted to arrest Timothy Wilson, 36, when the shootout occurred.

“Wilson was the subject of a months-long domestic terrorism investigation, which revealed him to be a potentially violent extremist, motivated by racial, religious, and anti-government animus,” the FBI said in statement.

The bureau said Wilson was considering a variety of targets before he “settled on an area hospital … that is providing critical medical care in today’s environment.”

“With the current health crisis, Wilson decided to accelerate his plan to use a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in an attempt to cause severe harm and mass casualties,” the FBI said.

The bureau added that Wilson had taken “the necessary steps to acquire materials needed to build an explosive device.”

Wilson was trying to pick up what he believed was an explosive device when agents attempted to arrest him.