NM: Woman Pleads Guilty to Prescription Drug Trafficking and Theft, tied to
Armed Robbery of Walgreens in January
Josephine Duran pleaded guilty this morning in federal court to prescription
drug trafficking and theft of medical products charges arising out of the armed
robbery of an Albuquerque-area Walgreens on January 30, 2015. Under the terms of
her plea agreement, Duran will be sentenced to a prison term within the range of
48 to 100 months. Duran was one of 6 defendants charged in 4 indictments that
were announced by federal and local officials on April 29, 2015. Duran and
Gallardo were charged with violating the Hobbs Act by interfering with
interstate commerce by robbery and violence; brandishing a firearm and several
other felony charges.
Frankfort, KY: Suspect's lawyer requests info on tipster
in alleged bourbon theft ring
Lawyers for the alleged leader in a bourbon theft ring, want to know the
identity of the person who tipped off investigators. The State Journal reports
Gilbert Curtsinger's lawyer filed a motion requesting the information.
Curtsinger did receive the content of the text message, but his lawyer says the
request wasn't honored because it didn't include the tipster's phone number,
name or address. The bourbon was stolen from two distilleries. It has been
called the largest bourbon heist in Kentucky history.
Portland, OR: Thieves steal $11,000 worth of drones from hobby store
From battery powered planes to RC cars, they've got it all at Remote Control
Hobbies. Their 16 surveillance cameras were rolling as someone smashed out the
window, snatched up 8-9 of their Yuneec Typhoon Q500 drones, with a sticker
price of $1,300. It took the bad guys less than three minutes to steal more than
$11,000 worth of drones.
Valdosta, GA: Twelve charged in connection to crimes Inside State Prisons in
Twelve individuals, including two former Georgia Department of Corrections
employees, have been charged in connection to wire fraud, drug trafficking,
identify theft and extortion charges, all committed inside the prison system.
The crimes were allegedly mostly committed inside Valdosta State Prison in
Valdosta and Phillips State Prison in Buford, the Department of Justice said.
Those being charged include a former GDOC employee from each prison, four
current Georgia state inmates, three recently paroled inmates and three others.
According to the Department of Justice, the charged GDOC employees allegedly
helped smuggle methamphetamine, prescription pain medication, marijuana, liquor,
tobacco, cellphones and take-out food into the prisons. In a recorded telephone
call, an inmate talked about posting on Facebook and buying shoes on the
Internet while in the "hole."
Houston, TX: Sophisticated theft ring targeting Buc-ee's gas stations; $18,000
in theft and fraud
Detectives said the group first steals credit card numbers, and then, with
cloned cards, the group shops. In one month, they have visited 14 Buc-ee's
stores from Temple to Freeport. They're buying cigarettes by the carton. So far,
they've stolen nearly $18,000 dollars' worth. Nine different police agencies
need help stopping the ring.