Federal News… DEA Identifies Special Agent Casualties


Identifies Special Agent Casualties

It is with great sadness

that the Drug Enforcement Administration announces the deaths of three Special

Agents who were supporting counternarcotics operations in Afghanistan.

The following Special Agents

died on Oct. 26:

Special Agent Forrest N. Leamon,

37, of Woodbridge, VA.

Special Agent Chad L. Michael, 30, of Quantico, VA.

Special Agent Michael E.

Weston, 37, of Washington, D.C.

Special Agents Leamon and

Michael were members of DEA’s FAST (Foreign-deployed Advisory and Support

Teams); and Special Agent Weston was assigned to DEA’s Kabul Country Office.


of Attorney General Eric Holder on the Death of Three U.S. Drug Enforcement

Administration Agents in Afghanistan

While no words

can lessen the sorrow being felt today by these families, I hope their loved

ones know they have the unending respect and gratitude of this nation. They

certainly have mine.

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Former Customs and Border Protection Officer Indicted in Texas

for Bribery

Former Customs and Border Protection Officer Javier Cavazos, of Los Fresnos,

Texas, and David De La Fuente, of San Benito, Texas, were indicted in

Brownsville for bribery and conspiracy to unlawfully transport aliens.

Washington Man Sentenced on Gun and Drug Charges

Orlando Alexander, of Tacoma,

Washington, was sentenced to more

than five years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for

distributing crack cocaine.

California Man Sentenced on Drug Charges, Ten Others Convicted

Misael Solorio was sentenced in San Jose,

California to 10 years in prison

on drug charges. Ten other individuals were convicted as the result of a

multi-agency undercover investigation targeting suspects who were trafficking

in methamphetamine, illegal firearms, and stolen vehicles in and around the Salinas, California


Leader of Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Sentenced in Texas

Hector Omero Rodriguez, of Allen, Texas, the leader of a cocaine trafficking conspiracy

related to Mexico’s Gulf

Cartel, was sentenced in Dallas

to 20 years in prison.

Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Robberies in North Carolina

Ever Jose Contreras, an illegal alien from Honduras

and a known and confirmed gang member, pled guilty in Raleigh, North Carolina

to conspiring to commit Hobbs Act robbery and aiding and abetting the use of a

firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

New Jersey Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charge

Charles W. Orr, Jr., of Mays Landing, New

Jersey, was arrested on a charge of possession of

child pornography. The arrest was made in connection with a joint effort

between the FBI and the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against

Children task force.

Mexican National Sentenced in Wisconsin for Bank Fraud

Julio Benitez Zamorano, a citizen of Mexico,

was sentenced in Madison, Wisconsin to eight months in prison for bank


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