FBI Releases Third Quarter 2022 Statistics from the National Use-of-Force Data Collection

November 14, 2022

According to statistics reported to the FBI for the third quarter data, January 2022 to September 2022, 8,482 law enforcement agencies submitted use-of-force data to the National Use-of-Force Data Collection, which is managed by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.1 The data represents more than 60 percent of all federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, and college/university sworn officers.

The FBI also released updated 2021 data. For 2021, 8,389 law enforcement agencies submitted use-of-force data to the National Use-of-Force Data Collection.

January to September 2022 Data Summary

For the first three quarters of 2022, the FBI released national-level data based on a threshold of 60 percent participation by federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, and college/university sworn officers. At the current level of participation, the FBI releases national data as ratios and percentages in terms of the most frequently reported responses to questions (in list format without actual counts).

Agencies submitted data concerning qualifying uses of force that included any action that resulted in the death or serious bodily injury2 of a person, or the discharge of a firearm at or in the direction of a person. If no qualifying incidents occurred, agencies submitted a zero report for that month. These data include those agencies that submitted at least one incident report or zero report for 2022.

Type of Incident

In 2022, 51.3 percent of use-of-force incidents submitted to the FBI resulted in serious bodily injury of a person, 32.3 percent caused the death of a person, and 16.9 percent involved the discharge of a firearm at or in the direction of a person.

Reason for Initial Contact

The most reported reasons for initial contact in 2022 were as follows. (Because of rounding, numbers may not add to 100.0 percent.)

  • 56.0 percent involved officers responding to unlawful or suspicious activities.
  • 11.8 percent stemmed from traffic stops.
  • 7.7 percent resulted from warrant services/court orders.
  • 6.4 percent were for medical, mental health, or welfare checks on individuals.
  • 4.0 percent followed routine patrols other than traffic stops.
  • 3.2 percent involved follow-up investigations.
  • 1.1 percent were unknown and unlikely to ever be known.

Type of Force Applied

The types of force reported to be used most often include firearms; hands, fists, or feet; electronic control weapons; canines; and other.

Type of Resistance Encountered

In use-of-force incidents, officers most often encountered individuals who failed to comply with verbal commands or other types of passive resistance. Other types of resistance encountered included displaying a weapon at an officer or another individual, attempting to escape or flee custody, using a firearm against an officer or another individual, or resisting being handcuffed or arrested.

To protect the privacy of individuals involved in these use-of-force incidents, regional and state levels of analysis are not available with data that represents 60 percent participation. The UCR Program is working diligently to develop new ways to maximize data transparency while fulfilling our responsibility to protect the privacy of all individuals.


1 The FBI uses a total count of 860,000 sworn police employees, an estimate by the UCR Program, based on all known and reasonably presumed federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, and college/university sworn law enforcement personnel eligible to participate in the National Use-of-Force Data Collection.

2 For the purpose of this data collection, the definition of serious bodily injury is based, in part, on Title 18, United States Code, section 2246 (4):  The term “‘serious bodily injury’ means bodily injury that involves substantial risk of death, unconsciousness, protracted and obvious disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty.”

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Man Charged for Participation in LockBit Global Ransomware Campaign

A criminal complaint filed in the District of New Jersey was unsealed today charging a dual Russian and Canadian national for his alleged participation in the LockBit global ransomware campaign.

Mikhail Vasiliev, 33, of Bradford, Ontario, Canada, is in custody in Canada and is awaiting extradition to the United States.

“This arrest is the result of over two-and-a-half-years of investigation into the LockBit ransomware group, which has harmed victims in the United States and around the world,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco. “It is also a result of more than a decade of experience that FBI agents, Justice Department prosecutors, and our international partners have built dismantling cyber threats. Let this be yet another warning to ransomware actors: working with partners around the world, the Department of Justice will continue to disrupt cyber threats and hold perpetrators to account. With our partners, we will use every available tool to disrupt, deter, and punish cyber criminals.”

“Yesterday’s successful arrest demonstrates our ability to maintain and apply relentless pressure against our adversaries,” said FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate. “The FBI’s persistent investigative efforts, in close collaboration with our federal and international partners, illustrates our commitment to using all of our resources to ensure we protect the American public from these global cyber threat actors.”

According to court documents, LockBit is a ransomware variant that first appeared in or around January 2020. It has become one of the most active and destructive ransomware variants in the world. Since first appearing, LockBit has been deployed against at least as many as 1,000 victims in the United States and around the world. LockBit members have made at least $100 million in ransom demands and have extracted tens of millions of dollars in actual ransom payments from their victims. The FBI has been investigating the LockBit conspiracy since in or around March 2020.     

According to court documents, Vasiliev allegedly participated in the LockBit campaign. He is charged with conspiracy to intentionally damage protected computers and to transmit ransom demands. If convicted, he faces a maximum of five years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger for the District of New Jersey, Assistant Director Bryan Vorndran of the FBI’s Cyber Division, and Special Agent in Charge James Dennehy of the FBI Newark Field Office made the announcement.

Trial Attorneys Jessica C. Peck and Jorge Gonzalez of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew M. Trombly and David E. Malagold of the Cybercrime Unit for the District of New Jersey are prosecuting the case, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

The case is being investigated by the FBI Newark Field Office, Newark Cyber Crimes Task Force, with assistance from the FBI Atlanta Field Office, the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office, the FBI Miami Field Office, the FBI’s Legal Attaché-Ottawa, the Jersey City Police Department, the New Jersey State Police, and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs has also provided valuable assistance.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

ACT II Community Theatre to Sing Christmas Carols, Looking for Volunteers

Press Release

November 17, 2022

Last year a group of about 9 ACT II supporters went caroling during Albions Albion Aglow celebration and had so much fun they want to do it again.  Event organizers actually had businesses ask for them to come back and perform 3 or 4 songs at each stop.  So, are you up for it?

Friday night December 2 starting at 6:00 P.M., They would like all singers to arrive around 5:45 P.M. to warm up.  They will meet out front of the Bohm Theatre like last year.  They will be singing traditional carols and again they will supply lyrics. 

Who can come?  Anyone, bring family, friends, adults and children.  They really did have fun last year and want to have an even better time this year.

For those able they will meet for an informal rehearsal on Wednesday November 30 at 6:30 P.M. at the Bohm 2.  Use the back door entrance.  This is not mandatory, come Friday night whether you can make the rehearsal or not.

If interested let us know if possible. Again, it’s not required to reply but feel free to email us at act2albion@gmail.com

ACT II Board of Directors

Former Air Force Contracting Specialist Sentenced to 30 Months for Bribery Scheme Involving Millions in DOD Contracts in Alaska

Defendant agreed to accept nearly half a million in bribes from a contractor in exchange for providing confidential bidding information about U.S. Department of Defense contracts

FAIRBANKS – A former U.S. Air Force Contract Specialist assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and forfeiture of $47,000 in unlawful gains by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline for conspiracy and agreeing to accept nearly half a million in bribes from a private contractor.

According to court documents, Brian Lowell Nash II, 33, of Washington, agreed to accept more than $460,000 in bribe payments in 2019 from a government contractor, Ryan Dalbec, who, along with his wife, Riahnna Nadem, owned a construction company called Best Choice Construction LLC. In exchange, Nash provided Dalbec and Nadem with confidential bidding information on over $8,250,000 in U.S. Department of Defense contracts at Eielson AFB and JBER, which helped Best Choice win some of the contracts, including a construction contract related to the F-35 aircraft program at Eielson Air Force Base and contracts to perform construction and related services at JBER. At the time Nash was caught he had received approximately $47,000 of the agreed upon bribe payments, much of which he laundered through family members to conceal the nature and source of the funds. The defendants committed multiple overt acts in furtherance of the bribery conspiracy, and between March and October 2019 Dalbec, Nadem and Nash laundered payments and proceeds from the bribery scheme to conceal their unlawful activities. Nash previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy and acceptance of bribes by a public official.

“My office is committed to protecting the integrity of the Department of Defense (DoD) procurement system in Alaska,” said U.S Attorney S. Lane Tucker for the District of Alaska. “This case demonstrates our resolve, along with our law enforcement partners, to bring to justice those who subvert the DoD contracting process for their own gain. This sentence sends a strong message that bribery and fraud will be met with serious consequences.”

“In a severe violation of the public’s trust, the defendant chose to line his own pockets at the expense of taxpayers, and undermined the government’s competitive contracting practices,” said Special Agent in Charge Antony Jung of the FBI Anchorage Field Office. “The FBI will continue to investigate and disrupt such schemes and hold accountable those who seek to use taxpayer dollars for private gain.”

Dalbec and Nadem previously pleaded guilty to felonies related to this conduct and are scheduled for sentencing at the end of 2022.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan D. Tansey.

Previously convicted felon sentenced to 15 years in prison for federal drug trafficking, firearms offenses

Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney’s Office

District of New Mexico


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced that Gabriel “Karma” Blea was sentenced on Nov. 8 to a term of 15 years in prison. Blea, 25, of Albuquerque, pleaded guilty on July 13 to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute 50 grams and more of methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm during and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

In May of 2021, Blea set up a deal to trade approximately half a pound of methamphetamine for five firearms. Unbeknownst to Blea at the time, the other parties in the transaction were undercover agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). On May 5, 2021, in Albuquerque, Blea, driven by his co-defendant, Gabriel Villasenor, arrived at the arranged meeting location with the methamphetamine in a backpack and a loaded .45 caliber pistol in his waistband. Agents took Blea into custody, and apprehended Villasenor after a brief chase.

In his plea agreement, Blea admitted that on June 4, 2021, he fled from federal custody in an effort to avoid prosecution and sentencing in this case.

On Sept. 2, Villasenor pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. As a previously convicted felon, Villasenor cannot legally possess a firearm or ammunition. By the terms of his plea agreement, Villasenor faces 92 to 115 months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2023.

Upon his release from prison, Blea will be subject to five years of supervised release.

ATF and the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Jaymie L. Roybal prosecuted the case.

Anna’s House Of Flower’s Ribbon Cutting Celebration and Holiday Open House on Tuesday

Written by John Face

Tuesday November 14, 2022

Tuesday afternoon Yellowbird Chocolate Shop, Superior Arts Gallery and Anna’s House of Flower’s will be hosting a Holiday Open House. The location will be the 300 block of South Superior. All three locations can be found near the Secretary of State office.

Time of the event is from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. The Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce will have the official ribbon cutting for Anna’s at 4. Yellowbird courtyard will be open with music provided by Albion College Choir.

There will be live music and Christmas themed decorations.

Previously Convicted Evansville Child Sexual Abuser Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Receipt of Child Sexual Abuse Material

Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Indiana


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

EVANSVILLE – Wesley Owen Bowles, Jr., 59, of Evansville, Indiana, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to receipt of child sexual abuse material.

According to court documents, on March 20, 2020, law enforcement investigators learned about the transmission of suspected child pornography using Google applications. An investigation eventually led law enforcement officers to Bowles. Between March 1, 2019, and October 13, 2020, Bowles received and downloaded more than 600 images to his Google accounts depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct including images depicting a prepubescent minor or a minor under the age of twelve years and images involving sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence. The Court also imposed a sentencing enhancement because of the defendant’s pattern of sexually abusing or exploiting children. In 1999, Bowles was convicted of sexual abuse of a child in Dubois County, Indiana.

Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Herbert J. Stapleton, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Indianapolismade the announcement.

The FBI investigated the case. The Evansville Police Department provided invaluable assistance. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young following Bowles’ guilty plea. As part of the sentence, Judge Young ordered that Bowles be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for five years following his release from prison. Bowles must also register as a sex offender wherever he lives, works, or goes to school, as required by law.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Shellenbarger who prosecuted this case.

This investigation was conducted by the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, a partnership of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies led by the Indiana State Police. The Task Force is dedicated to investigating and prosecuting crimes involving the technology-facilitated sexual exploitation of children and the trafficking of child sexual abuse material. Each year, Indiana ICAC investigators evaluate thousands of tips, investigate hundreds of cases, and rescue dozens of children from ongoing sexual abuse. In fiscal year 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, the Southern District of Indiana was second out of the 94 federal districts in the country for the number of child sexual exploitation cases prosecuted.

Eight Individuals Indicted and Arrested for Bank and Wire Fraud, Money Laundering, and Aggravated Identity Theft

Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney’s Office

District of Puerto Rico


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Defendants are facing a forfeiture allegation of $619,344

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On October 28, 2022, a federal grand jury returned a 40-count superseding indictment charging eight individuals with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud, access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering conspiracy. The United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are in charge of the investigation of the case.

The USPIS and the FBI have been investigating a fraudulent scheme whereby the debit cards of mostly elderly clients of Banco Popular de Puerto Rico have been used in connection with the fraudulent purchase and cashing of Postal Money Orders.  Specifically, between in or about October 21, 2021, through the present, Ángel De La Rosa a.k.a. “Julio Zapata” and others, posing as either federal agents or bank officials, visited the residences of account holders claiming that their bank accounts had been compromised.  Under the guise of helping restore the integrity of their respective accounts, De La Rosa and others asked victims to provide their ATM debit cards and PIN numbers. 

Upon obtaining physical possession of the debit cards, De La Rosa—aided and abetted by Raisa Raymundo-Vargas, a.k.a. “Oleidy”; Adonis Marquez-Marte; Josué Figueroa-López, a.k.a. “Pachin”; Mirkin Espinosa-Salvador, a.k.a. “José Mesa”; Jan González-López; Nicole Figueroa-De Jesús; Edwin Peña-Valdez, a.k.a. “Pajarito,” and others would purchase Postal Money Orders at various U.S. Post Offices throughout Puerto Rico.  The Postal Money Orders were negotiated into cash at U.S. Post Offices at a later time.

Defendants De La Rosa and Marquez-Marte made cash purchases of over $40,000 worth of jewelry at various locations in New York with proceeds obtained from the fraudulent purchases of Postal Money Orders and operated a jewelry store in San Juan, Puerto Rico as a means of laundering proceeds from the fraudulent scheme.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to pursue and prosecute individuals that take advantage of others, including the elderly and other vulnerable members of our community,” said United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow. “Once again, we urge everyone to take steps to protect their personal information. Do not share your personal identification information with strangers. If you suspect that your bank account, credit card or ATH Móvil account has been compromised, call or visit your bank directly. That is the best way to avoid becoming a victim of a fraud scheme like the one involved in this case.”

“Elder fraud is a sophisticated endeavor, and it can happen to anyone. Victims will often hide their losses, even when they realize they’re being scammed, out of shame and fear of ridicule. This silence is what gives these perpetrators ample opportunity for illicit gain,” said Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s San Juan Field Office, Joseph González. “We need to break that silence and the FBI is here to help. If you, or anyone you know, has been a victim or a witness to an elder fraud scheme, we urge you to call 787-987-6500 or submit a tip online, by visiting Tips.FBI.gov. Highlighting awareness is the key to avoid falling prey to these scams and can help you navigate a crisis such as this.”

“Protecting our senior citizens from criminals who target them is one of our highest priorities,” said Juan A. Vargas, Acting Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Miami Division. “The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is committed to ending the exploitation of the most vulnerable members of our society.”

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a mandatory consecutive sentence of at least two years for the aggravated identity theft charges. The proceeds of the fraud scheme are subject to criminal forfeiture and include a vehicle and approximately $619,344. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Alum is prosecuting the case.

Anyone who believes that they have been a victim of identity theft, or wants information about preventing identity theft, may obtain helpful information and complaint forms on the Federal Trade Commission ID Theft Website at www.ftc.gov/idtheft.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The Bohm Theatre Announces International Ensemble Pamyua as part of November 2023 Lineup

Photo by Kerry Tasker

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Weeklong Educational Program and Concert

Residencies and Concerts Aim to Foster Culture Exchange in Small Communities
Albion, MI- Arts Midwest is bringing the indigenous Yup’ik music of Alaska to Albion as part of Arts Midwest
World Fest. During a weeklong residency in Albion, Pamyua will offer workshops in local schools and other
community locations and will perform live in concert at the Bohm Theatre at 7pm on Friday November 18th.

Pamyua’s visit to Albion is made possible by a partnership between Arts Midwest, the National Endowment for
the Arts, the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, and the Bohm Theatre. The partnership is also bringing world
music ensembles from Ghana to each spend a week working in Albion over the next year.

According to Shane Williamson, Executive Director of the Albion Community Foundation “We are so excited
to bring this incredible musical and educational opportunity to Albion for all of our families locally.”

Torrie Allen, president & CEO of Arts Midwest shares, “Arts Midwest’s goal is to make inspirational and lasting
impressions on Midwest communities and people through this program. We think these weeklong visits offer
beautiful opportunities for the musicians and our communities to connect with each other through workshops
in schools, concerts in the greater community, and social gatherings.”

“We are honored to have a voice in the cultural community that communicates the indigenous mindset and
experience,” said Phillip Blanchett of Pamyua. “Our performances are a joyous celebration of our Inuit
culture, showcasing the music, dance, ceremony and heritage of our ancestry. We are gratified and excited to
have the opportunity to bring our music and the stories of our Yup’ik heritage to people everywhere. We hope
the experience helps forge a deeper appreciation of cultural diversity and encourages people to build stronger
relationships with each other and strengthen the ties between us so we all become stronger together.”

About Arts Midwest
Arts Midwest believes that creativity has the power to inspire and unite humanity. Based in Minneapolis, Arts
Midwest grows, gathers, and invests in creative organizations and communities throughout the nine-state
region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One
of six nonprofit United States Regional Arts Organizations, Arts Midwest’s history spans 35 years. For more
information, visit artsmidwest.org. 

About Arts Midwest World Fest
Since 2003, Arts Midwest World Fest has been offering small Midwest communities once-in-a-lifetime
opportunities to learn about the world from musicians inside and outside the US. This October and April,
World Fest continues with a six-state tour featuring Yup’ik ensemble Pamyua.

A program of Arts Midwest, the 2022 World Fest artist tours are generously supported by the National
Endowment for the Arts, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, and Michigan Arts and Culture Council.

Pamyua Ticket Information
7pm at the Bohm Theatre, Doors open at 6pm. $5 tickets, 12 and under are free, Albion College Student ID-
Free.

Two drug runners for drug trafficking organization connected to CJNG cartel sentenced to prison

Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Western District of Washington


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

One defendant acted as violent debt collector for the organization

Seattle – Two men who served as drug runners for a Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) cartel connected drug trafficking organization were sentenced to prison today following an extensive wiretap investigation, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. In sentencing 28-year-old Armando Fierro-Ponce to eight years in prison, U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour noted that he had acted as a debt collector for the organization, obtaining guns and making threats of violence against those who owed the group money.

“A wiretap investigation captured the criminal conduct of these two defendants, and the roles they played in the organization.  Fierro-Ponce discussed obtaining firearms and threatening those in debt to the organization,” said U.S. Attorney Brown. “Fortunately, law enforcement was listening, and able to intervene before threats of kidnapping and assault became a reality.  Now, both men are heading to prison for their part in an organization that trafficked pound quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, and potentially deadly fentanyl pills throughout King, Snohomish, Lewis, and Pierce Counties.”

Fierro-Ponce was among nineteen people indicted in July 2020, following an 18-month investigation of the drug trafficking organization. The drug trafficking group disguised methamphetamine in candles to smuggle it into the Pacific Northwest.  When the candle wax was melted, the methamphetamine was then processed into crystal meth and sold.

bucket of liquid meth

During the two months that law enforcement was monitoring phones of the drug organization, there were multiple times when Fierro-Ponce was heard discussing firearms and violent debt-collection activities. Law enforcement responded to these threats by flooding the area near the potential victim with law enforcement, warning the potential victim and/or making arrests to prevent the violence.

A second drug runner for the organization, 27-year-old Edgar Luna-Garcia, was sentenced to five years in prison. Luna-Garcia was trusted by the organization with large loads of methamphetamine and was called on to clean out a stash house following a shooting.

Neither Fierro-Ponce nor Luna-Garcia have legal status in the United States and likely will be deported following their prison terms.  

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Tacoma Resident Office in partnership with Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement Team (TNET), Kent Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, SeaTac Police Department, Thurston County Narcotics Team (TNT), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).

This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles 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.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Amy Jaquette and C. Andrew Colasurdo.

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