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California Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

October 17, 2017

A California man pleaded guilty today in Alexandria to drug trafficking charges related to his role in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of crystal meth. Shawn Yaeger, 45, of West Hollywood, led a conspiracy to distribute crystal methamphetamine in several states, including Virginia, New Jersey, California, and Florida.

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Jury Convicts Sterling Man Of Child Pornography Crimes

October 17, 2017

A federal jury in Alexandria today convicted Jerry Dean Dillingham, 38, of Sterling, VA, on charges of distributing and receiving images of child sexual abuse.

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Hawaii Judge Blocks Third Trump Travel Ban

October 17, 2017

Federal district Judge Derrick K. Watson today ordered a nationwide injunction against President Donald Trump’s third travel ban. The President’s Sept. 24, 2017 proclamation, creating an indefinite ban on travel that targeted an overwhelmingly Muslim population, was set to go into effect on Oct. 18, 2017.

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Justice Department Announces Indictments Against Designated Chinese Manufacturers Of Fentanyl And Other Opiate Substances

October 17, 2017

The Justice Department announced today that federal grand juries in the Southern District of Mississippi and the District of North Dakota returned indictments, unsealed yesterday, against two Chinese nationals and their North American based traffickers and distributors for separate conspiracies to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues and other opiate substances in the United States.

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Government Contractor Pays $2.6M To Settle False Claims Act Suit

October 16, 2017

Triple Canopy, Inc., located in Reston, has agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle civil False Claims Act allegations that the company submitted false claims for payment to the Department of Defense for unqualified security guards stationed in Iraq. 

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Gaming Center Owner Sentenced For Obstructing Justice In ISIS Case

October 13, 2017

An owner of a Fairfax gaming center was sentenced to prison today for obstructing justice and making false statements involving international terrorism. Michael Queen, 28, of Woodbridge, was sentenced to 2 years in prison.

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Final Defendant Sentenced In Crack Distribution Conspiracy

October 13, 2017

The sixth and final defendant in a multi-state crack cocaine and firearms distribution investigation was sentenced today to nearly 14 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy. 

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Five MS-13 Gang Members Charged With Murder

October 12, 2017

A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging five members and associates of MS-13 with the murder of Christian Alexander Sosa Rivas, 21, of Fairfax, on Jan. 1, 2017, at a park in Dumfries, Virginia.

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Seven State Attorneys General File Travel Ban 3.0 Lawsuits

October 12, 2017

Attorneys General from New York, Washington, California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Oregon today filed a request for a temporary restraining order against implementation of President Donald Trump’s third travel ban and amended the original lawsuit to include legal challenges to the latest ban.

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Herndon Man Indicted For Threatening To Murder U.S. Officials

October 12, 2017

A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging William Lewis Weaver II, 36, of Herndon, with threatening to murder officials, officers, and employees of the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. State Department, as well as Virginia law enforcement officers.

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