HIDTA-Funded Interagency Collaboration Announces Major Results in Operation Angels Envy

On May 26, 2021, leaders from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office recently joined DEA Washington Division Special Agent-in-Charge Jarod Forget, to announce the results of Operation Angels Envy.

Operation Angels Envy involved a set of multi-year investigations that identified large networks of suppliers and distributors in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area who worked for a dangerous transnational drug trafficking organization with direct ties to the Sinaloa Cartel. The operation uncovered and dismantled seven violent drug trafficking organization cells in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area, and resulted in 33 high-level individuals charged, hundreds of pounds of deadly drugs being taken off the streets, $5.4 million in U.S. currency, 32 rifles, 81 handguns, and other assets seized.

Since May 2017, investigations under Operation Angels Envy led to the identification and takedown of seven independent, violent drug trafficking organizations operating in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area; their Los Angeles-based transportation network and their Sinaloa Cartel supply cell. The network used tractor-trailers and shipping crates to move ton quantities of fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs across the country.

The W/B HIDTA law enforcement team assisted on this project.

Read the full press release here. For more information on the W/B HIDTA’s law enforcement initiatives, click here.