(VitalNews.org) – The Justice Department has recently discussed its new task force. According to the Justice Department, they have arrested nearly 200 drug traffickers who are linked to large-scale drug trafficking organizations.
They were able to arrest defendants in 10 different states and were able to confiscate 50 kilograms of Fentanyl and 70 kilograms of Meth from these defendants.
“These cases represent just a fraction of the work our agents and prosecutors are doing every day to target, disrupt, and dismantle the cartels and drug trafficking organizations that are poisoning the American people,” said Attorney General Merrick Garland.
These arrests come after the United States has continued to tackle a rising Fentanyl crisis that has been a problem for years now. In fact, in 2022 drug deaths hit a record high with 109,680 deaths from drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Drug busts from officials have been taking place increasingly over the last year or so as the Justice Department introduced this new task force.
On January 25 the District of Alaska charged 54 defendants in connection with a large-scale drug trafficking organization. This organization is supposedly being run by a California inmate, named Heraclio Sanchez-Rodriguez who is 57 years old. Heraclio has been accused of using cell phones from prison to communicate with his suppliers in Mexico, California, Oregon, and Alaska.
From this same drug trafficking ring, between February 2022 and July 2023, law enforcement confiscated 36 kilograms of Fentanyl, 23 kilograms of Meth, 11 kilograms of Heroin, and 118 grams of Cocaine.
Just recently on January 24 the Northern District of West Virginia also announced charges against 82 defendants that were a part of a drug trafficking operation in the Eastern Panhandle. It’s said that Gary Bernard Brown was supplying others with large amounts of Fentanyl for redistribution.
On January 23 both Nebraska and Mississippi arrested multiple people from each state who were allegedly a part of a drug trafficking organization as well.
According to the Department of Justice, this new Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force is to thank for these arrests. The task force itself is committing to “identify, disrupt, and dismantle the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.”
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