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February 14, 2001 | Daily News Staff Report
The two federal officials who ran the Philadelphia phase of the massive crackdown last month on a heroin distribution ring that stretched from Colombia to New York have been honored by the Colombian government. Felix J. Jimenez, former special agent in charge of the Philadelphia office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and DEA group supervisor Mary Irene Cooper, who supervised the investigation, traveled to Bogota recently to receive the Colombian National Police Commendation Award.
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August 29, 1994 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Five special U.S. drug agents died when a drug reconnaissance flight crashed in Peru's northeastern jungle, the Drug Enforcement Administration said yesterday. The twin-engine DEA transport plane was traveling on Saturday from Santa Lucia to Tocache when it lost contact with air traffic control, a DEA statement said. DEA officials in Peru said the wreckage was spotted yesterday afternoon near Puerto Pisana in the foothills of the Andes by satellite, but heavy rains prevented rescue workers from reaching the site, about 250 miles north of Lima.
NEWS
November 20, 2006 | By John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
CHAPTER 2 THE STORY SO FAR Hours before DEA agents are to arrest Internet drug dealers in a worldwide sweep, Temple grad student Akhil Bansal races from his Roxborough apartment to flee home to India. Today's installment takes us back to the day the case began. It is February 2004. PHILA. INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT It all began on a frigid February 2004 morning - back when Akhil Bansal still viewed shipping pills as a chore for his father, back when DEA agents didn't even have Internet access at their desks.
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December 14, 1997 | By Lycia Naff and David Kidwell, MIAMI HERALD Inquirer staff writer Mark Jaffe contributed to this article
Richard Fekete, a veteran DEA agent with a stormy history in the Philadelphia area, alledgedly shot and killed a fellow agent who was driving him home from a Christmas party late Friday, authorities said. Fekete apparently awoke from a drunken stupor in fellow agent Shaun Curl's Jeep Cherokee and pulled his weapon, police said. Curl, 39, was shot three times and crashed the vehicle into a tree. The 55-year-old Fekete, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, later told police he didn't remember leaving the party and offered no explanation.
NEWS
July 9, 1986 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seven people have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of smuggling almost five tons of Jamaican marijuana into a remote area of Bucks County in 1984 with the help, unbeknownst to them, of undercover agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The seizure of the marijuana from a farm in Kintnersville was disclosed yesterday by U.S. Attorney Edward S.G. Dennis Jr. and Joel M. Friedman, head of the federal Strike Force on Organized Crime and Racketeering in Philadelphia.
NEWS
January 13, 1990
"Why do you do it?" asks the soon-to-be killed American Drug Enforcement Administration agent Kiki Camarena of a bribe-taking Mexican official. "They come into your office with AK-47s and they throw $100,000 on your desk. And they say, 'Do you want the lead or do you want the silver?' Me, I take the money," confesses the official. That scene in this week's NBC-TV mini-series, Drug Wars: The Camarena Story, shows the risks, the stakes and perhaps the futility of trying to "interdict" drugs before they ever cross the U.S. border.
NEWS
November 6, 2003 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The death of the man suspected of wounding a Drug Enforcement Administration agent during a shoot-out along the waterfront Tuesday afternoon was ruled a suicide yesterday by the Medical Examiner's Office. The agent wounded in the exchange, meanwhile, continued to improve at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. The suspect, identified by Philadelphia police as Derrick Cunningham, 37, of Alta Loma, Calif., engaged DEA agents and city police detailed to the DEA in a gunfight about 2:45 p.m. near Columbus Boulevard, a short distance from Dave & Buster's, after a "buy-and-bust" operation went awry, police said.
NEWS
June 2, 2011 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A convicted drug trafficker, who shipped multiple packages of cocaine and methamphetamine from western states to Pennsylvania, was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 12 years in prison. Hlateef Darlington, 28, of Whitehall, was arrested in Jan. 2008 after DEA agents seized drugs mailed to Easton, Pa., said U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger. Darlington pleaded guilty in October to a laundry list of drug counts including conspiracy to distribute and possession of five kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams of methamphetamine.
NEWS
December 20, 2000 | By Steve Esack, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The owner of the Delaware Avenue nightclub Treasure Island faces federal charges of running a major methamphetamine ring, authorities said yesterday. Carmen Gricco Jr., 49, of the 100 block of Chester Pike, Ridley Township, was arrested Monday after a federal task force searched his home and found a lab "capable of producing 25 pounds" of methamphetamine in a rear room of the basement, said Mary Vaira, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
NEWS
February 28, 2002 | By Lenny Savino INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Administrator Asa Hutchinson of the Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed yesterday that agents in the DEA's San Juan office had claimed credit for hundreds of arrests in which they had played no role, and he called their actions "wrong and irresponsible. " He also confirmed that several DEA agents had been disciplined in the miscounting. "There is absolutely no excuse for that kind of reporting," he said of the inflated statistics. Citing privacy concerns, Hutchinson declined to spell out disciplinary action against the agents, except to say that it ranged from a 14-day suspension to a letter of reprimand.
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October 31, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORTH PHILADELPHIA With the help of a physician's receptionist and a couple of prescription pads, a Cherry Hill man turned a small doctor's office into one of North Philadelphia's most active drug corners, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said Tuesday. Federal prosecutors allege that Leon Little, 33, bought and resold more than 380,000 Oxycodone and Xanax pills from a small army of accomplices recruited to pose as patients in severe pain. All told, officials said, his operation raked in more than $3 million in less than two years.
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November 8, 2012 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer
COLORADO and Washington have become the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. But will the Obama administration call off its attack dogs at the Drug Enforcement Administration so that those states - and any that follow - can build a tax-generating pot industry? That's what Chris Goldstein, a marijuana advocate and PhillyNORML board member, wanted to know after Washington and Colorado voters approved ballot initiatives on Tuesday that would allow adults to purchase up to an ounce of weed legally - not just for medicinal purposes, but simply to get high.
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June 25, 2012 | By Alberto Arce, Associated Press
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent has shot and killed a suspected drug trafficker during a raid near a tiny Honduran town, U.S. officials said Sunday. DEA spokeswoman Dawn Dearden said it is the first time a DEA agent has killed someone during an operation since the agency began deploying specially trained agents to accompany local law enforcement personnel on drug raids in Latin America several years ago. U.S. Embassy spokesman Stephen Posivak in Tegucigalpa said the agent was working with Honduran National Police, who arrested four other suspects and seized 792 pounds of cocaine during the operation.
NEWS
May 3, 2012
Man is forgotten, left in cell 4 days SAN DIEGO - A college student picked up in a drug sweep in California was never arrested, never charged, and should have been released. Instead he was forgotten in a holding cell for four days and says he had to drink his own urine to stay alive. Without food, water, or access to a toilet, Daniel Chong began hallucinating on the third day. Four days later, DEA agents opened the door on a fluke and found him covered in his own feces, said Chong, 23, an engineering student at the University of California, San Diego.
NEWS
June 2, 2011 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A convicted drug trafficker, who shipped multiple packages of cocaine and methamphetamine from western states to Pennsylvania, was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 12 years in prison. Hlateef Darlington, 28, of Whitehall, was arrested in Jan. 2008 after DEA agents seized drugs mailed to Easton, Pa., said U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger. Darlington pleaded guilty in October to a laundry list of drug counts including conspiracy to distribute and possession of five kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams of methamphetamine.
NEWS
October 29, 2010 | By Sam Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
No one likes paying the utility bill, but one criminal probably wishes he had. A multistate marijuana-growing business was exposed because one operation went up in flames, with the fire caused by pirated electricity through faulty wiring, according to prosecutors. Anthony Bui, 57, of Philadelphia, the alleged owner of a string of marijuana-growing facilities stretching from Connecticut to Florida, pleaded guilty Wednesday to numerous drug and money-laundering counts. According to prosecutors, Bui ran lucrative operations out of houses in New Britain, Conn.
NEWS
July 30, 2010 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
The warehouse in Philadelphia's American Street industrial corridor looks like many other relics of the city's blue-collar past, but in 2008 and '09, it entered the modern world when it was turned into an indoor marijuana farm with 1,600 plants, authorities say. From April through July 2009, 15 to 22 pounds of high-quality marijuana a month was harvested at the site and sold to drug users in the area, federal prosecutors say. On Thursday, a...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2009 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
JENNIFER HUDSON gave birth Monday to her first child, David Daniel Otunga Jr., according to her publicist, Lisa Kasteler, of WKT Public Relations. The boy, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces, is named after her fiance, David Otunga, said the Hollywood Reporter. "The baby is beautiful and perfect," said Kasteler. "His parents are ecstatic. " Jennifer had not confirmed she was expecting before announcing news of the birth. Surprise! 'C-Murder' back to C-block Rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller was convicted yesterday of second-degree murder for the 2002 shooting of 16-year-old fan Steve Thomas at a nightclub in Harvey, La. The jury reached the 10-2 verdict about 1:30 p.m. in its second day of deliberations.
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June 25, 2008 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal drug agent yesterday traced a web of cell-phone calls that he said linked Kenneth Tuck to the 2006 drug deal in which authorities say Shamari Taylor was kidnapped and apparently murdered. Agent David McNamara told a Common Pleas Court jury how he analyzed cell-phone records of Taylor and others involved in the ill-fated Aug. 26, 2006 cocaine deal. McNamara said the records show a series of phone calls between Tuck - whom the prosecution alleges was one of about six gunmen who kidnapped Taylor - and Kevin "Muhammed" Andrews, 30, the man who was allegedly going to pay Taylor $40,000 for two kilograms of cocaine.
SPORTS
December 29, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Bob Sanders' big hits have finally paid off in a big way. The two-time Pro Bowler signed a 5-year contract extension yesterday, a deal that will keep him with the Indianapolis Colts through 2012 and makes him one of the league's highest-paid safeties. The deal is worth $37.5 million and includes $20 million in guarantees, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced. Sanders' average salary of $7.5 million under the extension is nearly $1 million more than what Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu got in his new deal in July, and the guaranteed money is more than what Ed Reed got when he signed an extension with the Ravens in June 2006.
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