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Former DEA agent accused of helping drug traffickers

A former Drug Enforcement Administration agent has been indicted for providing information and assistance to drug traffickers in New York. The indictment, which was unsealed on Nov. 5, alleges that the former agent accepted bribes totaling more than $250,000 from organized crime figures in the Buffalo area between 2008 and 2017. He faces a raft of charges including obstruction of justice, providing false statements to law enforcement, accepting bribes and conspiracy. He was released from federal custody after posting a $250,000 bond and surrendering his passport.

What is a pill mill?

People use the term "pill mill" to describe doctors' offices that help people get medication they do not need. This is illegal, as the medications in question are prescription medications and are only supposed to be used by those with a valid medical requirement. It's illegal even for people with a valid prescription to sell or share these drugs. That's how tightly this control runs.

New York man charged with embezzling union funds

A 48-year-old New York man faces up to five years in prison after being charged with embezzling more than $30,000 from a steelworkers union. The Chemung County resident could also be ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. The charges were announced by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York on Oct. 30. The man's alleged activities were discovered during an investigation conducted by the Major Crimes Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Rochester field office.

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