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    A convicted felon will spend years behind bars after being sentenced as a repeat offender on weapon and drug distribution charges in Maryland, authorities announced. Frederick resident Blake Anthony Nivens, 26, pleaded guilty in Frederick County Circuit Court this week and a sentencing hearing was held regarding incidents that happened within four weeks of each other in March and April. Specifically, Nivens pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm after a conviction for a crime of violence for an incident on Wednesday, March 9. Additionally, Nivens pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm after a conviction for a crime of violence and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl following a separate incident weeks later on Wednesday, April 6, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office in Frederick County. The guilty plea comes following a pair of searches and seizures in Frederick County, first at an apartment on the 1300 block of Baker Place East and then at the Best Western Motel on Prospect Boulevard. On March 9, at the Baker Place East apartment, a warrant was obtained as a result of...
    A Prince George’s County, Maryland, man pleaded guilty Monday to charges of trafficking heroin and cocaine, as well as gun charges. Charles Benjamin Stewart Jr., 46, of Upper Marlboro, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine; illegally transporting a firearm obtained out of state; and possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, federal prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday. The guilty plea is the latest development in the prosecution of a drug conspiracy, prosecutors said. Stewart admitted buying heroin from Patrick Nathan Broxton, 50, of Ellicott City, and selling some of it to several other people. He also admitted buying cocaine from Stephen Eugene Clark Jr., 57, of Laurel, for resale. Investigators followed Stewart during that time and saw him buy cocaine from Broxton, who worked at a drug rehabilitation facility, at a convenience store in Anne Arundel County, prosecutors said. They also tapped the phones of Stewart and others, recording conversations that showed Stewart knew the drugs he was selling were being resold by his customers to others. In July 2017, law enforcement seized cocaine, heroin,...
    EL CHAPO'S wife Emma Coronel Aispuro was sentenced in a Washington DC court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to drug charges. As part of her sentencing, Coronel also agreed to forfeit nearly $1.5million. 6El Chapo's beauty queen wife Emma Coronel Aispuro was sentenced after pleading guilty to drug charges back in June 2021Credit: Reuters 6Emma Coronel Aispuro pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiring to distribute illegal drugsCredit: AP:Associated Press 6Coronel was arrested on February 23, 2021, at Dulles International Airport in VirginiaCredit: Reuters Coronel, 32, pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiring to distribute illegal drugs in June 2021. The narco queen pleaded guilty to knowingly and willfully conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine for a period of at least six years. She also pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering and one count of engaging in transactions with a foreign narcotics trafficker. As part of her plea agreement, she additionally admitted to conspiring to help her husband escape from a Mexican prison in 2015. Before entering her plea, prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi told Judge Rudolph Contreras that...
    LUBBOCK, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A dozen Lubbock drug traffickers were sentenced to a combined 106 years in federal prison, announced Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Chad E. Meacham. The defendants were arrested during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Operation Los Perros De Nieve (“Operation Snow Dogs”), which also resulted in the seizure of multiple kilograms of cocaine, more than a dozen firearms, and roughly $80,000 cash from drug dealers in Lubbock. READ MORE: $10,000 Reward Offered After Theft At Krum Gun RangeThe last of 12 in-custody defendants, Ruben Alejandro Rodriguez-Parada, was sentenced yesterday to almost four years in federal prison. A 13th charged defendant remains a fugitive. According to court documents, DEA agents used a confidential informant to buy cocaine from several defendants. They also executed search warrants at several defendants’ residences, including their vehicles, and seized five bricks of cocaine from a storage unit in Lubbock. One defendant, Robert Bruno, admitted that he regularly worked with a cocaine source of supply in Mexico, who delivered the drug with little advance notice and then aggressively collected on his...
    Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, wife of the notorious drug lord El Chapo, leaves Brooklyn Federal Court surrounded by body guards after her husband was sentenced to life plus 30 years in New York on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Jesse Ward/New York Daily News/Tribune News Service via Getty Images The wife of the infamous drug lord "El Chapo" pleaded guilty to three federal charges on Thursday. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, admitted to helping run her husband's multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise. Coronel could face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The wife of the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal drug trafficking charges and helping her husband run the sprawling Sinaloa cartel. Emma Coronel Aispuro, the 31-year-old former beauty queen, struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors and admitted to three counts: Conspiring to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana into the US; conspiring to launder monetary instruments; and engaging in transactions with a foreign narcotics trafficker. Federal prosecutors also accused her of...
    A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to drug distribution and firearm possession offenses. Benjamin Gladstone, age 29, of Hartford, pleaded guilty on Monday, Feb. 8, in connection with a 2019 drug case, said John Durham, U.S. States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.  According to court documents and statements made in court, in April 2019, Hartford Police made two controlled purchases of marijuana from Gladstone at his Collins Street residence.   During a following court-authorized search of Gladstone’s residence, investigators found a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun with an extended clip; two loaded Taurus .45 caliber handguns; a loaded semiautomatic handgun that did not contain a make, model, or serial number stamp; a Remington Arms 12 gauge shotgun with an unreadable serial number; more than 1,000 rounds of loose and boxed ammunition, and distribution quantities of heroin and marijuana. Gladstone's criminal history includes state felony convictions for firearm and drug offenses.  He pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin and marijuana, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, and one count of possession of...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The leader of a violent white supremacist gang that began in Arkansas’ prisons pleaded guilty Wednesday to his involvement in a racketeering and drug conspiracy. Wesley Gullett, the president of the New Aryan Empire, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit racketeering and conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute. As part of Gullett’s plea deal, he and prosecutors agreed to jointly request a sentence of up to 35 years in prison. A federal judge will decide later whether to accept the agreement and sentence Gullett. Prosecutors say New Aryan Empire began as a prison gang in the 1990s and later engaged in narcotics trafficking, witness intimidation and violent acts. Indictments originally returned in 2017 accused 44 gang members of drug and gun crimes, but additional members were accused in 2019 of involvement in violent crimes committed by the group. Gullett escaped from a local Arkansas jail in 2019, along with another prisoner, but was later captured. After Wednesday’s plea, six remaining defendants in the case against the gang are awaiting...
    A man arrested during a routine traffic stop on I-75 carrying more than 80 kilos of “ice” methamphetamine has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, said this week that Miguel Angel Sanchez Alvarez, 24, of Ceres, California, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine before U.S. District Judge Mark Treadwell. Sanchez Alvarez faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10,000,000 fine. Sanchez Alvarez will be sentenced at 10:00 a.m. on January 13, 2021. According to the facts the Government entered in federal court, on January 31, 2019, a Lamar County deputy pulled Sanchez Alvarez over on I-75 for a traffic violation. The deputy immediately smelled marijuana emanating from the defendant’s vehicle. A legal search was conducted, and the deputy located a suitcase containing a substantial amount of methamphetamine. The deputy found more methamphetamine under the driver and passenger seats and inside of the...
    (CBSDFW.COM) – A Grand Prairie man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after officials said he pleaded guilty to drug crimes and then fled to Mexico, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday. Salvador Martinez, 31, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine in January 2014. Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office said he then “failed to appear for sentencing.” After an investigation, Martinez was eventually found and captured in Mexico in December 2019. Officials said he was sentenced to 300 months in federal prison by a U.S. district judge. According to plea papers, Martinez admitted to conspiring with others to distribute meth in Texas and Mexico. A total of 23 people were indicted in the case, with 17 of them, including Martinez, who have pleaded guilty.
    NEW YORK – Former top Mexican security official Genaro Garcia Luna pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to drug trafficking charges, including a new one of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise that could add 20 years to his sentence if convicted. In a hearing by video, to which reporters had access by phone, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan read all charges to Garcia Luna. The new charge, added in July, involves violations of trafficking 5,000 kilos of cocaine in 2008; 23,000 kilos in 2007 and 19,000 kilos that same year. The judge mentioned three other cocaine deals in 2002 and 2003. Garcia served as Mexico’s Secretary of Public Security from 2006 to 2012. He is accused of accepting tens of millions of dollars in bribes — often stuffed in briefcases full of cash — to shield the Sinaloa cartel from law enforcement. In January, the former Mexican official pleaded not guilty to charges of cocaine trafficking conspiracy and a false statement. On Wednesday, Cogan set Dec. 7 as the next hearing on the case. Prosecutors have said Garcia Luna's...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Former top Mexican security official Genaro Garcia Luna pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to drug trafficking charges, including a new one of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise that could add 20 years to his sentence if convicted. In a hearing by video, to which reporters had access by phone, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan read all charges to Garcia Luna. The new charge, added in July, involves violations of trafficking 5,000 kilos of cocaine in 2008; 23,000 kilos in 2007 and 19,000 kilos that same year. The judge mentioned three other cocaine deals in 2002 and 2003. Garcia served as Mexico’s Secretary of Public Security from 2006 to 2012. He is accused of accepting tens of millions of dollars in bribes — often stuffed in briefcases full of cash — to shield the Sinaloa cartel from law enforcement. In January, the former Mexican official pleaded not guilty to charges of cocaine trafficking conspiracy and a false statement. On Wednesday, Cogan set Dec. 7 as the next hearing on the case. Prosecutors have said Garcia...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 37-year-old Catonsville man pleaded guilty late last week to conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, officials said. Jermol McCoy pleaded guilty on Thursday, the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland’s office said. McCoy had been accused of conspiring with others in 2018 and 2019 to dealing heroin, crack cocaine and fentanyl in Baltimore. Officials said police searched McCoy’s home in Catonsville on November 21, 2019, and found fentanyl and drug paraphernalia. He was one of 16 members of a suspected drug trafficking organization to be indicted last December. 16 Members Of Suspected Drug Trafficking Organization Indicted McCoy reportedly admitted last week to being on supervised release for another drug conviction at the time of the conspiracy. He’s set to be sentenced on December 15; if he accepts a plea agreement, he’ll spend 10 years in federal prison, the justice department said.
    FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Alexandria Sheriff's Office in Virginia shows William Burgamy. Burgamy pleaded guilty Friday, July 10, 2020, to federal charges after he and another man plotted to firebomb a Nebraska pharmacy to benefit their own online black market drug dealing. (Alexandria Sheriff's Office via AP, File)FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Alexandria Sheriff's Office in Virginia shows William Burgamy. Burgamy pleaded guilty Friday, July 10, 2020, to federal charges after he and another man plotted to firebomb a Nebraska pharmacy to benefit their own online black market drug dealing. (Alexandria Sheriff's Office via AP, File) ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A pharmacist and a drug abuser who met while playing online video games pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges after they plotted to firebomb a Nebraska pharmacy to benefit their own online black market drug dealing. William Burgamy, 32, of Hanover, Maryland, ran a website called NeverPressedRX that sold oxycodone and other drugs over the darknet, a part of the Internet only accessible through encryption, prosecutors in U.S. District Court...
    MARSHALL, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A 41-year-old man was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for drug trafficking crimes on the Texas/Mexico border. Oscar Dean Davis pleaded guilty on Feb. 4, 2020, to conspiracy to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine. According to information presented in court, Davis was the leader of an illegal drug distribution network responsible for obtaining multiple-kilogram quantities of methamphetamine from a Mexican-based supplier and selling them throughout East Texas. Davis admitted to acquiring large numbers of firearms, including pistols, rifles, and high-caliber weapons, and transporting them to the U.S.-Mexico border as a medium of exchange for methamphetamine. Finally, Davis admitted to directing others to use money services businesses to wire transfer proceeds from methamphetamine sales to his supplier in Mexico. Seventeen other individuals have previously pleaded guilty to their involvement in the drug and firearms trafficking organization. Stephanie Bennett Mata, 35, of Daingerfield, Gary O’Neal Gibson, 62, of Henderson, Felix Antonio Jaime, 37, of Mt. Pleasant, Charlie Jake Porter, 34, of Marietta, Tony King, 41, of Daingerfield, and Gerald Wayne Furlow, 55, of Hughes Springs, each...
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