Latest U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration News

Man who made threats against federal agent gets prison time

Aug. 4, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who was recorded on jail phone calls making threats against a federal agent has been sentenced to serve more than 12 years in federal prison, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Jonathan Dunlap, of Pine Mountain, had pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to...

4 charged in Texas with plotting to kill DEA agent

Jul. 15, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Four people have been charged in Texas with plotting to have a Drug Enforcement Administration agent killed, prosecutors said. Federal prosecutors in Dallas announced Wednesday that a grand jury returned an indictment against Manuel Garcia Gomez, 22; Jorge Humberto Velazco Larios, 27; Eva...

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2014 file photo, Luciano Marin, alias Iván Marquez, chief negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, flanked by a life-size cut out image of rebel commander Jaime Palmera, alias

US: $10 million each for arrests of 2 Colombian rebel chiefs

Jun. 18, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The United States is offering rewards of up to $10 million each for the arrests of two prominent Colombian rebels who were key figures in the nation’s historic peace process but have since returned to arms. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of...

Retired U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration supervisor June Rogers is shown, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Wyandotte, Mich. Dozens of retired black narcotics agents say their former agency has discriminated against its African American employees for decades.

Retired DEA agents say agency has legacy of discrimination

Jun. 18, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of retired black narcotics agents say their former agency, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, has discriminated against its African-American employees for decades. The group of retired agents said in a statement sent to news organizations this week that Attorney General...

FILE - This June 13, 2016 file photo shows Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in Florida. On Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, the FBI arrested U.S. federal narcotics agent Jose Irizarry and his wife, Nathalia Gomez Irizarry, at their residence in Puerto Rico, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the arrest. He has been charged with conspiring to launder money with the very same Colombian drug cartels he was supposed to be fighting. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

Watchdog: DEA lacks oversight of money laundering operations

Jun. 17, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration failed to effectively oversee and manage undercover money laundering operations that move tens of millions of dollars of illegal drug proceeds each year through a network of government-approved fronts, according to a watchdog report. The inspector...