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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Washington Field Division announced today a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of individuals responsible for multiple armed robberies in and around the city of Charlottesville. ATF Special Agents are working this investigation alongside detectives from Albemarle County Police Department, as well as from Charlottesville Police Department and Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.

SAN DIEGO – Former San Diego County Sheriff’s Captain Marco Garmo pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally trafficking in firearms from his office in the Rancho San Diego Station and committing other corrupt acts spanning close to a quarter of his 27 years in the department.

PORTLAND, Ore.—A Marion County, Oregon man was sentenced to federal prison today for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced that Vance Lamont Hale (38) of Kalamazoo, Michigan was sentenced by United States District Judge Janet T. Neff to 15 years imprisonment. Hale was the final defendant to be sentenced in a five defendant, Kalamazoo-based methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy.

Since the operation’s launch, there have been more than 2,000 arrests, including defendants who have been charged in state and local courts. Of those arrests, approximately 588 defendants have been charged with federal crimes. In addition, ATF has seized 587 firearms, more than 1.2 kilos of heroin, and more than five kilos of methamphetamine; the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has seized almost 70 kilos of methamphetamine, more than 16 kilos of heroin, more than 7 kilos of fentanyl, more than 12 kilos of cocaine, 268 firearms, and approximately $5.19 million in drug proceeds; the FBI has recovered 241 weapons; and the United States Marshals Service have recovered 169 firearms and made 1810 arrests, including 163 for homicide and 120 for sexual assault.

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