6 Drug Companies’ Role in Opioid Epidemic Scrutinized by Prosecutors
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have opened a criminal investigation into whether several large drug companies intentionally skirted regulations in order to promote the sale of addictive opioids, according to corporate filings and a person familiar with the matter. The investigation is part of a heightened law enforcement scrutiny around the country into companies that make and distribute prescription painkillers. Drug companies have faced criminal probes and multibillion-dollar lawsuits for their alleged role in the opioid epidemic.
A total of six Marines detained during a mass arrest earlier this year have pleaded guilty and over a dozen have submitted pre-trial agreements related to their separate cases, which range from charges of drug distribution to human trafficking .
The two Marines are both riflemen assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, at Camp Pendleton , California. Both Marines face federal charges for allegedly smuggling three undocumented immigrants near the U.S.-Mexico border for financial gain, court documents detail.
Six of nearly two dozendetained this summer on human trafficking and charges have pleaded guilty at courts-martial, the 1st Marine Division said Tuesday.
The six were among 23 Marines from Camp Pendleton in Southernwho were detained in July on human trafficking, drug distribution and weapons charges.
Of the remaining 17 Marines, 13 have requested separation from service instead of courts-martial, Lt. Cameron Edinburgh said in a press release. Their requests have been approved.
Baltimore’s mayor warns of a van snatching girls to sell organs. Police have no reports of ‘actual incidents.’
In a recent televised news conference and interview, Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said he’s concerned about a white van “snatching” young girls to sell their organs. But Baltimore Police say they have no reports of any such incidents. Young’s source, according to an interview with WBAL, is social media. “We’re getting reports of somebody in a white van trying to snatch up young girls for human trafficking and for selling body parts, I’m told. So we have to be careful because there’s so much evil going on, not just in the city of Baltimore, but around the country,” he said. “It’s all over Facebook.
The arrest of 16 Marines at Camp Pendleton is related to an two earlier arrests on human smuggling charges . The move comes three weeks after two other Marines were picked up by a Border Control agent in the area and charged with transporting three Mexicans who had illegally crossed into the U.S.
Sixteen U.S. Marines were arrested on Thursday morning for their alleged involvement in activities ranging from human smuggling to drug -related offenses, the Marine Corps said . The arrests were carried out by officials from 1st Marine Division and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service during
Officials are still reviewing criminal charges for the remaining four Marines. It is unclear what kind of sentence the six who pleaded guilty will face.
The 23 Marines were arrested during three separate incidents.
During a Battalion formation on July 25,were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking-related activities and drug charges. Last month, a military judge ruled that those arrests were unlawful and a violation of the rights of the accused.
Earlier that month, two Camp Pendleton-based Marines were arrested and accused of transporting illegal immigrants for money, according to a federal complaint obtained by. The reported that those Marines, Lance Corporals Byron Darnell Law II and David Salazar-Quintero, are among the four who are facing criminal charges.
Camp Pendleton is located near Oceanside, about 50 miles north of San Diego.
Fox News' Travis Fedschun and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.
Mexican ex-security chief charged in US in drug conspiracy .
A man who served as secretary of public security in Mexico from 2006 to 2012 has been indicted in New York City on drug charges alleging he accepted millions of dollars in bribes to let the Sinaloa cartel operate with impunity in Mexico. Genaro Garcia Luna, 51, a resident of Florida, was charged in Brooklyn federal court with three counts of cocaine trafficking conspiracy and a false statements charge, authorities said in a release.