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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

February 25, 2009

Contact: Special Agent Mike Campbell

Office: (202) 648-8021

Cell: (202) 327-4195

ATF Fugitive Arrested in Florida Last Defendant in “Operation Blockbuster” Case

WASHINGTON — The last remaining defendant in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) led Operation Blockbuster narcotics and firearms investigation, Obenson Sesere, age 27, of Ft. Pierce, Fla., was arrested by the Palm Beach County Florida Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 20, 2009. Sesere had been a fugitive since Sept. 6, 2006, when he was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Western Judicial District of Virginia on seven counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of conspiracy to distribute over 50 grams of cocaine.

Operation Blockbuster was an 18 month investigation into narcotics and firearms violations in an area of Winchester, Va., known as the “Block.” The investigation focused on a group of drug dealers that was bringing narcotics to Winchester from Florida, and taking firearms back to Florida. This group took control of 80 to 90 percent of the cocaine and crack trade within the city of Winchester. Much of the drug sales took place at Cartwright’s Recreation Center in the 500 block of Kent Street.

Operation Blockbuster resulted in the indictment of 32 people on federal narcotics and firearms violations. The federal government filed a civil action requesting the forfeiture to the government of 502 and 504 Kent Street, known as Cartwright’s Recreation Center, alleging that the property facilitated drug trafficking in the area.

As in any investigation of this size and scope, multiple agencies worked together to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion. In addition to agents from the ATF Washington Field Division, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, which includes The Winchester Police Department, Frederick County Sheriff’s Department, Clarke County Sheriff’s Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Town of Front Royal Police Department, Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Department, the Page County Sheriff’s Department, and the Virginia State Police worked the investigation as well. The St. Lucie County, Florida Sheriff’s Department’s Special Investigations Unit, the Ft. Pierce, Florida Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit and Gang Analyst, and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department also assisted on the case.

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