Category Archives: Drugs

Bakersfield, California, Police Narcotics Detective Charged with Bribery, Drug Trafficking, Obstruction and Filing False Tax Returns

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–November 20, 2015.  Damacio Diaz, 43, of McFarland, California, a detective with the Bakersfield, California, Police Department (BPD), was arrested today, charged with abusing his position of trust as a police detective when he conspired with and assisted a narcotics dealer in the operation of the dealer’s drug organization, announced U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner of the Eastern District of California, Special Agent in Charge Monica M. Miller of the FBI’s Sacramento Division, DEA Special Agent in Charge John J. Martin, Acting Special Agent in Charge Thomas McMahon of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) and Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson.  The charges are contained in a 16-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury yesterday.


Expert, report explain the complexity of the Dark Web, used to sell fentanyl

The Dark Web has been at the heart of an ongoing probe into an international drug trafficking operation, an investigation that started in Grand Forks.

The probe sprung from the death of an 18-year-old Grand Forks resident who overdosed on fentanyl citrate, a highly potent synthetic opioid, in January and has since stretched not only across U.S. borders, but across the borders of the traditional Internet, into the Dark Web.

Latest crime trend: Shipping drugs to unsuspecting homes

YORK COUNTY, S.C. — Authorities say drug traffickers are transporting drugs by mail with more frequency.

It’s a growing trend police are seeing in communities throughout York County.

The packages are often delivered to real home addresses, when homeowners are knowingly away.

“Often times there are innocent people that don’t know what’s going on,” said Commander Marvin Brown.


Alleged leader of Israeli organized crime ring that moved drugs across globe gets 32 years

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles man who prosecutors say was a leader of an Israeli organized crime ring that moved drugs and money across the globe was sentenced Friday to 32 years in prison.

Moshe Matsri, 49, was sentenced in federal court in Los Angeles on a slew of money laundering, drug and extortion charges. Prosecutors recommended he be sentenced to 34 years in prison, while his own attorney argued for a 12-year term.

Prosecutors describe Matsri, also known as “Moshe the Religious,” as a well-known crime figure in the San Fernando Valley with significant ties to the Israel-based Abergil crime family. They say he laundered large amounts of money around the world that helped fuel the international drug trade, and in one instance, negotiated a deal involving “enough cocaine to get the entire city of Dallas high.”


Correctional facility employee arrested, charged with drug trafficking

PENDLETON — An Anderson resident working at the Correctional Industrial Facility in Pendleton was arrested Thursday for allegedly trafficking in drugs with at least one inmate.

Indiana State Police arrested Latasha Perry, of Anderson, in Pendleton on one count of Class A misdemeanor trafficking with an inmate; five counts of Level 5 felony trafficking with an inmate a controlled substance; and one count of Level 5 felony possession of a controlled substance.



Corruption Currents: London Emerges as Drug-Money Hub


FIFA President Sepp Blatter accused France and Germany of trying to influence World Cup hosting votes. Germany dismissed the claim; France didn’t immediately comment. The man who inspected the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was banned for seven years. (Reuters, AP, Reuters, World Soccer, Reuters)

CONCACAF announced a framework for reform in the wake of the FIFA corruptionscandal. CONMEBOL is in crisis and needs total change. (NY Times, MLSSoccer, ESPNFC, Bloomberg, AP)


Deadly Chinese drugs are flooding the U.S., and police can’t stop them

Want to get your hands on a sizable amount of the latest designer street drug? It’s nearly as easy as typing “research chemicals” into Google, exasperated American officials say.

Scroll through an endless list of Chinese Web sites hawking wholesale chemicals at a bargain price, and once you’ve picked your poison — perhaps from a site offering a free sample or touting “big beautiful crystals” — just wire a few thousand dollars to an English-speaking customer service representative on the other side of the world.