Newsletter - HIDTA News Lettershttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Lettersen-us2020-10-27T09:20:24.1526432-05:00GBI: Meth-related deaths up 40 percent in 1 year; Local drug agencies: ‘If you see something, say something’https://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=496/5/2018 12:00:00 AM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.25in; line-height: 20.25pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Helvetica&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#444444">CANTON &#8211; The GeorgiaBureau of Investigation has reported that methamphetamine-related deaths in thestate rose 40 percent from 2016 to 2017 &#8211; an increase of about 100 deaths.Cherokee County drug agency officials say meth has been the most commonly useddrug in the region for decades.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.25in; line-height: 20.25pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Helvetica&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#444444">&#8220;We were looking at itand seeing that, &#8216;Wow, this is a significant percentage increase year over yearfrom year 2017 compared to 2016,'&#8221; said Bahan Rich, a spokesman for the statebureau of investigation.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.25in; line-height: 20.25pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Helvetica&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#444444">Rich said Tuesday thatthe GBI serves as the medical examiner for 153 of the state&#8217;s 159 counties, andstatistics for the remaining examiner offices were included in the reporting.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.25in; line-height: 20.25pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Helvetica&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#444444">He said statisticsfrom 2016-2017 were able to be finalized only recently because of an increasein fentanyl and other hard-to-identify drug use as well as months-longtoxicology reporting processes.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.25in; line-height: 20.25pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Helvetica&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#444444">The reason for theincrease in meth-related deaths in the state can only be speculated at thispoint, Rich said, but it seems to follow observable trends, like availabilityof the drug and a drop in price.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.25in; line-height: 20.25pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Helvetica&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#444444">&#8220;It&#8217;s still aprevalent drug out there.Massive drug bust southwest of Atlantahttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=465/30/2018 12:00:00 AM<p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 16px; padding: 0px; text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Roboto, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(53, 62, 71);"><span class="dateline" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700; line-height: inherit;">HOGANSVILLE, Ga.</span>&nbsp;- An expired tag led authorities to a huge drug bust. Hogansville Police found four bales of marijuana weighing around 90 pounds.North Carolina deputies find nearly $91 million of liquid meth on truckhttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=525/30/2018 12:00:00 AM<div class="dateline" style="box-sizing: inherit; float: left; font-size: 1.25rem; line-height: 2.125rem; font-family: Gordita_Regular, arial, sans-serif;">LINDEN, N.C.&nbsp;&#8212;&nbsp;</div><p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; font-size: 1.25rem; line-height: 2.125rem; margin-bottom: 1.875rem; font-family: Gordita_Regular, arial, sans-serif;">Deputies in North Carolina on Saturday seized a tractor-trailer containing $90.8 million worth of liquid methamphetamine in the driver's side fuel tank,&nbsp;<a href="http://abc11.com/$90m-worth-of-liquid-meth-found-in-semi-truck-fuel-tank-in-harnett-co/3498353/" shape="rect" style="box-sizing: inherit; color: gray; background-color: transparent; font-size: inherit; border-bottom: 1px solid gray; text-decoration-line: none; padding: 0px 2px 2px; margin-left: -2px; margin-right: -2px;">WTVD</a>&nbsp;reported.GBI SEIZES HUNDREDS OF MARIJUANA PLANTS FROM WAREHOUSE IN DRUG BUSThttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=485/2/2018 12:00:00 AM<p class="p" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; font-family: &quot;PT Sans&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);"><span class="dateLine" style="box-sizing: inherit; font-weight: 700; display: inline-block;">AVONDALE ESTATES, Ga. -&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;The Georgia Bureau of Investigation&nbsp;<a href="https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/gbi-seizes-hundreds-of-marijuana-plants-from-warehouse-in-massive-drug-bust/742122210" shape="rect" target="_blank" style="box-sizing: inherit; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(25, 22, 79); touch-action: manipulation;">busted a warehouse full of marijuana plants</a>&nbsp;in an operation so big state agents wore masks when they took it down.Fighting meth death inside one metro-Atlanta county's war on this addictive drughttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=474/12/2018 12:00:00 AM<p style="box-sizing: inherit; font-family: proximanova, sans-serif;">DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - A stunning drug bust earlier this week has again brought attention to metro Atlanta&#8217;s law enforcement battle against methamphetamine.DEA says Meth is 'No. 1 threat' across metro Atlantahttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=504/11/2018 12:00:00 AM<ul class="social-widget-top news-section-text clearfix" style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(163, 30, 36); fill: rgb(163, 30, 36); width: 355px; height: 3rem; padding: 0px; margin: 1rem 0px; font-size: 2rem; font-family: Gordita_Regular, arial, sans-serif;"><li class="toggle regular-icon" style="box-sizing: inherit; list-style-type: none; display: inline; float: left; width: 64px; height: 3rem; position: relative; padding: 0px 2rem; left: -0.3rem;"><a href="https://www.ajc.com/news/local/dea-says-meth-threat-across-metro-atlanta/1Z94LXwxju68d7LP8nAYXM/#" style="box-sizing: inherit; background-color: transparent; font-size: 1em; text-decoration-line: none; width: 43.5156px; display: block; position: absolute; top: 0px; left: 2px; margin: 0px auto; height: 3rem;"><span class="sr-only" style="box-sizing: inherit; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; width: 1px; height: 1px; padding: 0px; margin: -1px; clip: rect(0px, 0px, 0px, 0px); border: 0px;">e</span></a></li></ul><div class="story-text clearfix" style="box-sizing: inherit; font-family: Gordita_Regular, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><div class="dateline" style="box-sizing: inherit; float: left; font-size: 1.25rem; line-height: 2.125rem;">ATLANTA&nbsp;&#8212;&nbsp;</div><p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; font-size: 1.25rem; line-height: 2.125rem; margin-bottom: 1.875rem;">Investigators said they recovered nearly $2 million in pure crystal meth hidden inside Disney character figurines.&nbsp;</p><p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; font-size: 1.25rem; line-height: 2.125rem; margin-bottom: 1.875rem;">It was all intercepted before the drugs could be sold in the metro area.$2M worth of meth hidden inside Disney figurines (PHOTOS)https://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=514/10/2018 12:00:00 AM<p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px 12px; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga.</span>&nbsp;- Channel 2 Action News has learned that authorities confiscated more than 500 pounds of meth hidden inside wax Disney figurines.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px 12px; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">The DEA tells&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">Channel 2 Investigative Reporter&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/MarkWinneWSB" target="_blank" style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration-line: none; color: rgb(0, 23, 130);">Mark Winne</a></span>&nbsp;that this is one of the biggest meth busts ever in Gwinnett County.AK-47, Huge Haul Of Drugs And Cash Found In Gwinnett Drug Busthttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=302/26/2018 12:00:00 AM<p style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 30px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; color: rgb(17, 17, 17);"><font style="" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4"><br>ATLANTA, GA &#8211; Surveillance on a Lawrenceville house led Atlanta's Drug Enforcement Administration to score a huge haul of drugs, including cocaine and heroin, as well as a large stash of cash and an AK-47, agents announced Friday.</font></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 30px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; color: rgb(17, 17, 17);"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4">On Feb. 20, authorities learned that a quantity of contraband was to be picked up in Lawrenceville.Traffic stop leads to 1 of the biggest drug busts in Georgia historyhttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=332/23/2018 12:00:00 AM<div class="text" style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(55, 58, 60);"><p class="p" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem;"><br><br></p><p class="p" style="margin-top: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; color: rgb(55, 58, 60);">In what one o</span><span style="color: rgb(55, 58, 60);"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4">fficial called &#8220;a game-changer,&#8221; about $2 millionin heroin as well as methamphetamine and cash was found in Gwinnett County,authorities said Friday.<o:p></o:p></font></span></p><p class="p" style="margin-top: 0in; box-sizing: inherit; margin-bottom: 1rem;"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4"><span style="color: rgb(55, 58, 60);">A traffic&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(17, 17, 17); box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">ATLANTA</span><span style="color: rgb(17, 17, 17);">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(17, 17, 17);">- Two undocumented men from Mexico now face federal charges after what agents are calling one&nbsp;of the largest drug busts in Georgia history.</span></font></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(17, 17, 17);"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;"><a href="https://twitter.com/AaronDiamantWSB" target="_blank" style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration-line: none; color: rgb(0, 23, 130);">Channel 2&#8217;s Aaron Diamant</a></span>&nbsp;was at the federal courthouse in downtown Atlanta when agents showed off some of the drugs, money and guns seized.</font></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(17, 17, 17);"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4">More than 25 kilos of heroin worth up to $2 million wholesale, plus methamphetamine, hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and an AK-47.&nbsp;</font></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(17, 17, 17);"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4">It was all brought in after a traffic stop by Georgia State Patrol earlier this week in Gwinnett County.$2M-plus drug bust called ‘game-changer’ in Georgiahttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=362/23/2018 12:00:00 AM<div class="text" style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(55, 58, 60);"><p class="p" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem;"><font style="" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4"><br><br></font></p><p class="p" style="margin-top: 0in;"><span style="color: rgb(55, 58, 60);"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4">In what one official called &#8220;a game-changer,&#8221; about $2 millionin heroin as well as methamphetamine and cash was found in Gwinnett County,authorities said Friday.<o:p></o:p></font></span></p><p class="p" style="margin-top: 0in; box-sizing: inherit; margin-bottom: 1rem;"><span style="color: rgb(55, 58, 60);"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4">A traffic stop Feb. 20 bythe Georgia State Patrol led to police dogs finding drugs in the car, officialssaid at a news conference.Sheriff: 8 Gang Members Arrested in N Carolina Drug Busthttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=412/22/2018 12:00:00 AM<div class="article-body-item ad-in-text-target " style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px 0px 1.25rem; padding: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 1rem; line-height: 1.5; text-rendering: optimizeLegibility;"><br><br>ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) &#8212; A multi-agency operation has yielded the arrests of eight documented gang members in a drug bust in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/north-carolina" style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(34, 98, 187); line-height: inherit; text-decoration-line: none;">North Carolina</a>.Outstanding Enforcement, Prevention, or Treatment Effort on Tribal Landshttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=452/8/2018 12:07:14 PM<h2 align="center" style="margin-left: 0in; text-align: center; line-height: 14.95pt;"><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: times;">Atlanta/Carolinas HIDTA Asheville, NC Post of Duty (APOD)</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: times;"></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4">The Asheville Initiative began an investigation into thedrug trafficking activities of a drug trafficking organization (DTO) operatingon the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian Reservation, and other associatedDTO&#8217;s operating on Tribal Lands. Senior lieutenants/clientele of the DTO areenrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and identified aslocal based drug traffickers who are supplied heroin and methamphetamine by anAtlanta, Georgia-based sources of supply (SOS).A&E Stages Heroin 'Intervention' in Atlanta's Northern Suburbshttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=381/5/2018 12:00:00 AM<div class="text" style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(55, 58, 60); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><p class="p" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem;"><br><br><p class="p" style="margin-top:0in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;color:#373A3C">In what one official called &#8220;a game-changer,&#8221; about $2 millionin heroin as well as methamphetamine and cash was found in Gwinnett County,authorities said Friday.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="p" style="margin-top:0in;box-sizing: inherit;margin-bottom:1rem"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;color:#373A3C">A traffic stop Feb. 20 bythe Georgia State Patrol led to police dogs finding drugs in the car, officialssaid at a news conference.$3.1M in drugs seized in Georgia bustshttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=3411/3/2017 12:00:00 AM<div class="text" style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(55, 58, 60); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><p class="p" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem;"><br><br><p class="p" style="margin-top:0in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;color:#373A3C">In what one official called &#8220;a game-changer,&#8221; about $2 millionin heroin as well as methamphetamine and cash was found in Gwinnett County,authorities said Friday.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="p" style="margin-top:0in;box-sizing: inherit;margin-bottom:1rem"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;color:#373A3C">A traffic stop Feb. 20 bythe Georgia State Patrol led to police dogs finding drugs in the car, officialssaid at a news conference.Massive drug bust nets 35 arrests, millions of dollars seizedhttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=3510/17/2017 12:00:00 AM<div class="text" style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(55, 58, 60); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><p class="p" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem;"><br><br></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 16px; padding: 0px; text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Roboto, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(53, 62, 71);"><span class="dateline" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700; line-height: inherit;">GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga.</span>&nbsp;- Law enforcement in Gwinnett County have arrested 10 people, seized more than 400 pounds of methamphetamine, 175 pounds of cocaine, $2 million cash, and 10 firearms in a massive drug bust.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 16px; padding: 0px; text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Roboto, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(53, 62, 71);">Nicolas Fernandez-Lopez, Jose Heredia Gonzalez, Carlos Wilson Paz, Carmelo Reyes-Lozano, Cesar Leonel Perez-Flores, Raul Solorio-Campos, Rony Omar Martine-Colon, Tracy Price, Angel Santiago and Kevin Ernest Contreras have been charged with various drug trafficking and conspiracy charges.Eight facing drug chargeshttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=426/23/2017 12:00:00 AM<font style="" size="4" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br></font><div class="subscriber-preview" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); line-height: 28px;"><font size="4" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Eight people have been arrested in Orangeburg County on various drug distribution charges by a unit made up of county, state and federal agents, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.</font></p></div><div class="subscriber-preview" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); line-height: 28px;"><font size="4" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">&#8220;These are the early results of an operation that has been going on for some time,&#8221; the sheriff said. &#8220;This is the response to citizen complaints in an operation that spread from Orangeburg to Santee.&#8221;</font></p></div><div class="subscriber-only" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); line-height: 28px;"><font size="4" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">The operation was handled over the past six months by agents of the sheriff&#8217;s office, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Drug Enforcement Agency&#8217;s HIDTA &#8211; high intensity drug trafficking areas.</font></p></div><div id="tncms-region-article_instory_top" class="tncms-region hidden-print" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"></div><div class="subscriber-only" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); line-height: 28px;"><font size="4" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">The defendants were taken into custody on Thursday and Friday.Ex-baseball player gets 12 years on drug chargeshttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=4311/22/2016 12:00:00 AM<font style="" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4"><br></font><div class="subscriber-preview" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); line-height: 28px;"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4">Former college baseball standout Bradley Lewis Felder of Bowman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in a drug conspiracy, acting U.S. Attorney Beth Drake announced Tuesday.</font></p></div><div class="subscriber-preview" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); line-height: 28px;"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4">The 27-year-old Felder pleaded guilty in June to his involvement in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute MDMA, also known as &#8220;molly,&#8221; and 50 kilograms of marijuana.</font></p></div><div class="subscriber-only" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); line-height: 28px;"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4">At sentencing, U.S.Goldsboro Man Arrested for Heroin Traffickinhttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=449/14/2016 12:00:00 AM<p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font style="" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4"><br><br>The joint Drug Task Force and the DEA are continuing their work to tackle the problem of heroin distribution in Goldsboro and Wayne County.</font></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4">During a recent investigation, officers received information that Johnny Bea Artis, Jr., 24, of 1886 Rosewood Road in Goldsboro, possessed a large amount of heroin at a residence on Daw Pate Road.</font></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font style="" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="4">A search warrant served revealed Artis in possession of approximately 60 grams of heroin with a street value of $9,000. He has been charged with 1 count of Trafficking Heroin &#8211; more than 28 grams, and 1 count of Maintaining a Dwelling.DEA names Florence Co. a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areahttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=3911/21/2013 12:00:00 AM<div class="text" style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(55, 58, 60);"><p class="p" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem;"><font style="" size="4" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br><br></font></p><p style="margin: 12px 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><font size="4" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">From the&nbsp;<em>Florence County Sheriff's Office</em>:</font></p><p style="margin: 12px 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><font size="4" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">On Thursday, November 14, 2013, Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced the designation of Florence County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). This designation will allow Florence County Sheriff's Office to receive Federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts among Federal, State and local law enforcement officers in South Carolina and to allow local agencies to benefit from ongoing HIDTA initiatives working to reduce drug use and its consequences across the United States.Sheriff says Greenville County is now a 'High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area'https://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=4011/21/2013 12:00:00 AM<div class="text" style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(55, 58, 60); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><p class="p" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem;"><br><br></p><p style="margin: 12px 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><span id="WNStoryDateline" style="display: inline; float: left; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 5px 0px 0px; font-family: arial, verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 14.04px;">GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -</span></p><p style="margin: 12px 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: arial, verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 14.04px;">"We knew what this was,"&nbsp;Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis said.&nbsp;"We&nbsp;knew this coming.'Faces of Meth’ ad a shocking look at drug usehttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=3212/5/2012 12:00:00 AM<p style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The "Faces of Meth" - before and after police mugshots of drug users that depict the effects of methamphetamine on the human body - debuted eight years ago this month.&nbsp;It has aged a lot better than the folks using the drug.Street Forms of 'Synthetic Marijuana' Products Linked to Thousands of Hospital Emergency Departments Visits Each Yearhttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=2912/4/2012 12:00:00 AM<p id="first" style="padding: 0px 0px 5px; margin: 0px 0px -2px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></p><p id="first" style="padding: 0px 0px 5px; margin: 0px 0px -2px;"><font color="#666666" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><i>ScienceDaily (Dec. 4, 2012) - Street forms of synthetic cannabinoids -- so-called "synthetic marijuana" -- were linked to 11,406 of the 4.9 million drug-related emergency department (ED) visits in 2010, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).</i></font></p><p id="first" style="padding: 0px 0px 5px; margin: 0px 0px -2px;"><font color="#666666" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><i><br></i></font></p><p id="first" style="padding: 0px 0px 5px; margin: 0px 0px -2px;"><font color="#666666" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><i>Commonly known by such street names as "K2" or "Spice," synthetic cannabinoids are substances that are not derived from the marijuana plant but purport to have the same effect as the drug.Police: GA, SC drug bust nabs $2.7M in cocainehttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=3112/3/2012 12:00:00 AM<p class="cmCredit" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0.25em; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-size: 1.167em; line-height: 1.5em; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">By RUSS BYNUM</p><p class="cmSource" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0.25em; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-size: 1.167em; line-height: 1.5em; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The Associated Press</p><p class="cmDateline" style="margin: 0px; padding: 1em 0px 0.25em; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); display: inline; font-weight: bold; font-size: 1.167em; line-height: 1.5em; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">SAVANNAH, Ga. -&nbsp;</p><div class="cmArticle cmOembedContainer" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); display: inline; font-size: 12px; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><p style="margin: 0px; padding: 1em 0px 0.25em; border: 0px; outline: 0px; display: inline; font-size: 1.167em; line-height: 1.5em;">A nearly two-year drug investigation in coastal Georgia and neighboring South Carolina led to police intercepting roughly $2.7 million worth of cocaine being smuggled along a highway and brought charges against 39 suspects, authorities said Monday.Will Supreme Court turn up its nose at drug-sniffing dogs?https://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=2410/28/2012 12:00:00 AM<p class="first" id="yui_3_5_1_23_1351535329535_211" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; ">(Reuters) - Two dogs, a chocolate Labrador retriever named&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts cs4-visible" id="lw_1351445770_3" style="cursor: pointer; color: rgb(54, 99, 136); border-bottom-width: 2px; border-bottom-style: dotted; border-bottom-color: rgb(54, 99, 136); ">Franky</span>&nbsp;and a German shepherd named<span class="yshortcuts cs4-ndcor" id="lw_1351445770_5" style="cursor: pointer; ">Aldo</span>, should have their day at the&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts cs4-visible" id="lw_1351445770_0" style="cursor: pointer; color: rgb(54, 99, 136); border-bottom-width: 2px; border-bottom-style: dotted; border-bottom-color: rgb(54, 99, 136); ">U.S. Supreme Court</span>.US Partly Right About End of Mexican Cartelshttps://www.achidta.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=HIDTA News Letters&newsletterid=2810/26/2012 12:00:00 AM<div class="itemIntroText" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; "><p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; line-height: 20px; ">Following the recent declaration by a top US official that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.insightcrime.org/mexico-organized-crime-news" target="_blank" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(10, 93, 137); ">Mexico</a>'s cartels are seeing their last days, analyst Alejandro Hope finds there to be weight in the assessment but cautions that it will not mean an end to violence.</p></div><div class="itemFullText" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 20px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; "><span style="background-color: transparent; "><br></span></div><div class="itemFullText" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 20px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; "><span style="background-color: transparent; ">I'm late to the topic, but it's still worth discussing.