4 Nicaraguan police killed by gang near Costa Rica border
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Police in Nicaragua say four officers have been killed by members of a criminal gang in the country’s south near the border with Costa Rica.
A statement from the Nicaraguan National Police says officers were attending to an incident in Rio San Juan province when ...
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have arrested more the five dozen suspects in an aim to take down drug trafficking organizations in northeast Oregon.
Pendleton police Chief Stuart Roberts, head of local anti-drug team’s board,
MADRID (AP) — Authorities in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia said 17 people, including five alleged members of an extremist Islamist cell, were arrested Tuesday as part of an ongoing anti-terror operation.
As well as having terror links, the suspects also allegedly ...
BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who had more than 100 pounds of marijuana sent from California to a Massachusetts shipping company has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison.
Michael Chen, of Providence, was sentenced after a Plymouth Superior Court jury found him guilty Wednesday ...
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say fast-food restaurants in southern Wyoming and northern Colorado are laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug trafficking proceeds.
The Casper Star-Tribune
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has pardoned a former GOP state lawmaker for a 35-year-old felony-level drug trafficking conviction.
Spanish police seize hashish, arrest 42 in drug operations
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have seized 3.25 metric tons (3.64 short tons) of hashish in two operations against drug trafficking across the Strait of Gibraltar.
The Guardia Civil says in a statement Monday that police made 42 arrests and broke up what they believed to be one of ...
Chinese court orders new trial for Canadian in drug case
BEIJING (AP) — A Canadian convicted of drug trafficking in China faces the possibility of more serious charges after a court on Saturday ordered a new trial amid tensions over Canada’s arrest of a Chinese technology executive.
Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was tried in 2016. But his case has ...
Oklahoma prison worker charged after death-row shakedown
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A worker at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is facing felony drug charges after authorities say more than 40 grams of methamphetamine were discovered in his prosthetic leg during a search of the prison’s death row.
The McAlester News-Capitol
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Michigan man who had about $252,000 seized from his carry-on bag at a Charlotte, North Carolina, airport says the money was for humanitarian purposes.
The Charlotte Observer
St. Louis man accused of 9 killings; death penalty sought
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a St. Louis man accused of killing nine people since 2008 during his involvement in a drug trafficking ring.
Anthony Jordan pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges,
UN reports ‘alarming’ trends in drug trafficking in Africa
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. drugs and crime chief said Wednesday that his office is registering “new, alarming trends” in drug trafficking in western and central Africa that are destabilizing the ability of country’s to govern as well as security, economic growth and public health.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to federal prison for his involvement in a drug trafficking operation.
U.S. Attorney Stephen Dambruch of Rhode Island says 51-year-old Juan Valdez, of Milton, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for ...
Jail knew drug use history of officer facing drug charges
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Records show a Maine corrections officer facing drug charges had disclosed prior drug use when applying for the job.
The Portland Press Herald reports ...
Honduran lawmaker pleads guilty to drug charges in US
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A former Honduran lawmaker who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking conspiracy and violence charges in a United States federal court faces at least 40 years in prison.
Court records from the Southern District of New York show that Fredy Najera Montoya submitted a guilty ...
- The Brownsville HeraldDrug trafficking suspect sentencedJanuary 17, 2019
- Idaho State JournalPocatellan accused of trafficking in heroin, cocaine and methJanuary 15, 2019
- Rome News-TribuneRome man facing drug trafficking charges in AlabamaJanuary 3, 2019
- Baraboo News RepublicWisconsin Dells man accused of trafficking heroin from hotel roomDecember 25, 2018
- Idaho State JournalTrio accused of heroin trafficking jailed on a $1 million bondDecember 18, 2018
Drug-trafficking ring run from prison busted in California
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a year-long investigation of drugs sold by gang members taking orders from a prison boss resulted in 14 arrests — and more are likely.
Sex trafficking convict sentenced on drug trafficking charge
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Milwaukee man who served time in federal prison for sex trafficking in North Dakota has been sentenced to more time behind bars on a drug trafficking conspiracy charge.
Ex-building manager gets prison for allowing drug activity
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The former manager of a Connecticut apartment building who knowingly allowed the building to be used as a drug trafficking hub has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.
Federal prosecutors say 63-year-old Franklyn Nieves was sentenced Monday in U.S. ...
Police arrest 84 in European crackdown on Italian mob
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In an investigation that underscored an Italian crime syndicate’s role as a leading player in international cocaine trafficking, police in four countries arrested at least 84 suspected mobsters Wednesday in a series of carefully coordinated raids.
Top lieutenant to ‘El Chapo’ sentenced to life in prison
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A top lieutenant to drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced in a Virginia courtroom Friday to life in prison.
Damaso Lopez, a leader in Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, pleaded guilty in September in an Alexandria federal court to drug trafficking charges ...
Man sentenced for child neglect, dealing meth, heroin
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to dealing methamphetamine and heroin.
The Statesman Journal
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal and local authorities say they’ve busted a large-scale heroin and cocaine trafficking ring in New Jersey.
Fifteen people were charged this week with conspiracy to distribute the drugs throughout Monmouth and Middlesex counties. Prosecutors say the ...
Woman linked to husband’s drug trafficking gets 3 years
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A California woman who pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge has been sentenced in Iowa to three years in a federal prison.
Prosecutors say 36-year-old Janeth Pineda, of Chula Vista, California, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. ...
Aryan Circle gang leader, member sentenced in slaying
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A leader and a member of a prison-based “whites only” gang have been sentenced for being accessories-after-the-fact to a murder.
U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph, in a news release, says 38-year-old David Wayne Williams, of Sulphur, was sentenced Tuesday to 157 months ...
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for his role in four killings.
The U.S. attorney’s office in St. Louis says 30-year-old Terrance “Mutt” Wilson was sentenced Tuesday for fatal shootings that occurred in 2009 and 2010. He pleaded guilty in ...
Ex-LA County deputy sentenced in drug trafficking case
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after he was caught in an FBI sting offering to guard shipments of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.
Kenneth Collins of Chino pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to distribute ...
Florida deputies fatally shoot suspected drug dealer
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — Florida sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a drug trafficking suspect they say tried to run them over with his car.
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara told reporters that 27-year-old Rio Antwan Thomas was a major heroin dealer whom deputies tried to arrest ...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky sheriff accused of helping a conspiracy to sell more than a ton of marijuana has been acquitted of all charges.
News outlets report former Bullitt County Sheriff Dave Greenwell was found not guilty on all five counts Thursday evening by a U.S. ...
NEW YORK (AP) — A Brooklyn man accused of overseeing the Mad Stone Bloods, a violent street and prison gang, was arrested last week on charges of racketeering and interstate drug trafficking, according to newly unsealed court records.
FBI agents arrested William Seeley, also known as “Papa ...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A woman who authorities say was part of a drug trafficking ring that brought large amounts of cocaine into Connecticut from Puerto Rico has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham says Alba Filomeno-Gomez, of New London, was ...
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky sheriff is on trial, accused of aiding and abetting a conspiracy to distribute more than a ton of marijuana from a Mexican drug cartel.
The Courier Journal
Several arrested in multi-state drug trafficking probe
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Prosecutors in West Virginia say the arrest of a drug trafficking organization leader has led to several others being taken into custody.
U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart tells news outlets 44-year-old Eugene Wells was arrested in September at Miranda Brandon’s Charleston ...
Deputies: Alabama man arrested with meth in his pocket
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies in Alabama say a man wanted on a drug trafficking warrant had meth in his pocket when they arrested him.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A prosecutor in South Carolina said he borrowed a gun that was evidence in a criminal case for personal protection, and then lost it after it was stolen from his unlocked vehicle outside his home.
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said a former ...
Police crack down on Barcelona heroin dens, arrest 55
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police arrested at least 55 people Monday in Barcelona during a massive crackdown on the squalid apartments used for migrant and drug trafficking in the northeastern Catalonia region.
More than 700 investigating agents and 150 local police officers took part in ...
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts and New Hampshire will work together to fight the trafficking of heroin and fentanyl using a new federal grant.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald asked for funding from the Office of Community ...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty in federal court to drug trafficking and tax offenses.
The U.S. attorney for Connecticut says 58-year-old Eugene Carlin, of Middletown, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty Friday in Hartford federal ...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s interior minister has resigned as the Balkan nation tries to better tackle widespread corruption and drug trafficking.
Writing in his Twitter page Saturday, Prime Minister Edi Rama said he had accepted Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj’s resignation, without ...
Detroit officer accused in drug trafficking conspiracy
DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a Detroit police officer conspired with a drug trafficking organization for five years and provided members with sensitive law enforcement information.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Detroit announced Friday that a grand jury indicted 51-year-old Officer ...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia law enforcement officer has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart says 52-year-old Robert Dwight Evans pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court. Evans is a former Kanawha County deputy.
The prosecutor’s office ...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal agents announced the arrests of nearly two dozen alleged gang members Thursday, claiming they used violence as part of a conspiracy to distribute significant quantities of heroin and other drugs in New Jersey’s capital city.
Those charged were facing drug ...
3 Miami police officers face drug charges in FBI sting
MIAMI (AP) — Three Miami police officers are facing federal drug trafficking charges after they were snared in an FBI undercover operation.
Authorities say the three received thousands of dollars in payments to protect purported shipments of illegal drugs and drug proceeds. The FBI says ...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Hartford man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison on heroin trafficking charges.
Federal prosecutors say 28-year-old Rafael Garcia was sentenced Wednesday to three years and one month behind bars to be followed by three years of probation.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The operators of a popular Salt Lake City concert venue paid for the business through a multimillion-dollar marijuana-selling operation, federal prosecutors said.
Prosecutors announced a 13-count indictment against 33-year-old Gabriel Elstein, 32-year-old Angela ...
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say two policemen were involved in a drug trafficking ring that moved large amounts of cocaine, cannabis and other drugs.
Police said Saturday that a Friday operation in the Athens area and in the central Greek region of Thessaly netted nine suspects, ...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for his role in a drug trafficking ring.
MIAMI (AP) — A Frenchman who was arrested when he arrived in the U.S. for a world beard-growing championship was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for online drug trafficking using the alias “OxyMonster.”
The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Robert Scola on 36-year-old Gal ...
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — An Arizona man who was accused of mailing more than 50 packages of meth from his state to New York has been found guilty.
Alonzo Harris was convicted Thursday of federal drug trafficking and money laundering in Syracuse federal court after a four-day jury ...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three top members of a well-known Philadelphia drug trafficking organization are facing 689 charges after a collaborative enforcement effort dismantled the heroin, fentanyl and cocaine ring, the city’s top prosecutor announced Thursday.
District Attorney Larry Krasner ...