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EPA's criminal enforcement program was established in 1982 and was granted full law enforcement authority by Congress in 1988. It enforces the nation's laws by investigating cases, collecting evidence, conducting forensic analyses and providing legal guidance to assist in the prosecution of criminal conduct that threatens people's health and the environment. The Criminal Enforcement Overview provides more information on investigative activities. Read more about adjudicated case summaries in the monthly Environmental Crimes Case Bulletin.
Mexican National Sentenced for Firearms and Illegal Pesticides in Connection with Forest Marijuana Cultivation Operation -
Julio Cesar Villanueva Cornejo, 33, of Michoacán, Mexico was sentenced today to six years in prison for possessing a firearm and distributing illegal rat poison and insecticides. Read more in the Press Release...