Sri Lanka recruiting 2 hangmen before resuming death penalty
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan prison authorities are recruiting two hangmen after the president pledged to end a 43-year moratorium on capital punishment and execute condemned drug traffickers amid alarm over drug-related crime in this Indian Ocean island nation.
Interviews of the candidates will be conducted next month and two will be hired, prison department spokesman Thushara Upuldeniya said Wednesday.
Citing drug crime, Sri Lanka plans 1st executions since 1976
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president pledged to end the country's 43-year moratorium on capital punishment and execute condemned drug traffickers amid alarm over drug-related crimes.
The statement on the government's website said President Maithripala Sirisena would order the executions soon but did not say how the prisoners would be executed. Sri Lanka last executed a prisoner in 1976. At the time, prisoners were hanged.
Suspect in fatal shooting of Orem officer identified
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man accused of fatally shooting a Provo police officer has been identified as a 40-year-old with an extensive criminal record dating back more than two decades.
Orem Police Lt. Trent Colledge said Monday that Matt Frank Hoover was wanted on two drug-related felony warrants when officers encountered him in a shopping center parking lot Saturday in Orem, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City. Police say Hoover fatally shot officer Joseph Shinners.
4 plead guilty to drug charges in Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say four members of a drug trafficking gang have pleaded guilty to charges in U.S. District Court in Alabama.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release that the pleas came in Montgomery last week. Prosecutors say 18 members of the gang have pleaded guilty to drug-related crimes. One person faces trial.
In Minneapolis, as elsewhere, nuisance property laws were conceived as another tool for law enforcement against the scourge of drug-related crime. But in practice they can uproot tenants in low-income and minority neighborhoods, some of whom are themselves crime victims, according to a new study.
On Friday morning, Senator Jon Tester, D-Mont., visited Glacier Park National Airport for a meeting with Northwest Montana law enforcement officials.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a drug-related crime spree was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
KTWO-AM reports Christopher Eads was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Casper after he pleaded guilty in December to six felonies, including drug and firearms charges, assaulting an officer and carjacking.
Wyoming woman gets 20 years for drug-related crime spree
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming woman who pleaded guilty to her role in a drug-related crime spree has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
KTWO-AM reports U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl sentenced Santana Keener on Thursday to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute drugs, aiding and abetting a carjacking and a firearms charge.
Texas 10 Most Wanted suspect captured in Murray, Kentucky
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — A convicted felon on the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives list has been arrested in Kentucky.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says 35-year-old Herman Henry Fox was captured Monday near an apartment complex in Murray, Kentucky.
Drugs and crime go hand in hand.
A surge in crack cocaine activity a decade ago drove Huntington's violent crime rate to its highest level ever in 2017 at 754 violent crimes per 100,000 people, the measure used by the FBI. That was low by Detroit standards, which had a rate of 2,289 that year, but much higher than the 467 average rate for cities our size.
More importantly, it all seemed to be such a change from the quieter, lowcrime image that the Tri-State had for many years.
It's rare to see a party in a courtroom, but the cupcakes, chips and juice were set up in room 300 of the Kankakee Court Courthouse for a good reason.
Six new graduates of the county's drug court were there the morning of Friday, Dec. 1, surrounded by family and friends as they told their stories and reflected on the long process toward recovery.
Michigan man completes drug court program
CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — A crowd of around 100 people filling a Shiawassee County courtroom rose to their feet to applaud a graduation class of one.
The graduate named Joe had been working toward this day for 15 months, but it's an addiction to heroin that began nearly 17 years ago that he's continued to work on overcoming every single day.
Following a guilty plea on multiple retail crime charges, the 33-year-old Owosso resident entered the Shiawassee County drug court.
LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say a former high-ranking member of the Zetas cartel in Mexico must serve 30 years in a U.S. prison and forfeit $10 million for his drug-related crimes.
Ivan Velasquez-Caballero of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, was sentenced Friday by a federal judge in Laredo, Texas. Officials say the 47-year-old Velasquez-Caballero is expected to face deportation following his release from prison.
MILFORD—A West Haven teen has been charged with a drug-related crimes after police said he was found with marijuana and pills in a car.
Joshua Bodin, 18, was found in car with another person had approximately 103 grams of marijuana and 3.5 prescription pills in his car, according to police.
Police also that Bodin also had drug paraphernalia—a grinder, scale and “packing material”—and was within 1,500 feet of a school, Milford Academy.
The Aberdeen Police Department said that a 59-year-old man wanted in connection to multiple drug-related crimes in Southeast Idaho was arrested in Montana and is currently in police custody.
Police across the region had been searching for Charles D. Helmick since May 25 after police executed a search warrant on a residence in Aberdeen. Authorities obtained the search warrant after they began to suspect that drug trafficking and sales were taking place at the home.
ABERDEEN — Authorities are searching for a 59-year-old man wanted in connection to multiple drug-related crimes.
They are asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of Charles D. Helmick to contact their local law enforcement agency.
“He is aware he is wanted by law enforcement and caution should be used as he is most likely armed,” according to a news release.
16 arrested in Springfield-area drug crimes
SPRINFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Authorities have arrested 16 people in the Springfield, Vermont, area for drug-related crimes.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Three northwest Arkansas police chiefs say they're dropping out of the 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force.
The chiefs in Tontitown, Johnson and Elkins say they're leaving the task force after June 30 — joining Elm Springs, which left last year.
Authorities arrest one, seek two others after drug bust in Goose Creek
Authorities seized illegal drugs, three handguns and more than $13,000 in cash from an apartment in Goose Creek on Friday. One arrest was made, but two more suspects are still at large, said Mike Cochran, a spokesperson for the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.
Drug Court is not easy, but it has seen success. A Circuit Court judge provided an informative overview of why Drug Court was a good move in a climate of rising drug-related crime. First District Circuit Court Judge “Jim” Seth Pounds and First District Drug Court Coordinator Jennifer Cummings recently spoke to the Corinth Rotary Club about the usefulness and the triumphs of Drug Court. No matter the size of the city involved, Pounds said they all have a single commonality - crime. The area of...
Bill seeks felony penalties for drugs near homeless shelters
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers have advanced a bill that would create stiffer penalties for people caught dealing drugs near homeless shelters.
The bill brought by Democratic Rep. Joel Briscoe makes drug-related crimes committed within 100 feet of a government-funded shelter a felony. It would add homeless facilities to a list of other places where Utah law imposes higher punishments for drug distribution, including schools, parks, libraries and churches.
LIHUE — The Kauai Police Department has received over $70,000 in federal funds to aid the fight against drugs on the island.
That money comes from a Department of the Attorney General grant called the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant. It means KPD can participate in two projects, the Hawaii Narcotics Tax Force, or HNTF, and the Statewide Marijuana Eradication Tax Force, or SMETF, both of which work to reduce drug threats and drug-related crimes.
Man sentenced for drug crime that resulted in killing
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in a drug-related crime that resulted in a fatal shooting.
A federal judge on Thursday sentenced 29-year-old Walter Wallace Jr. in a case that is part of a coordinated effort between St. Louis city and federal authorities toward a goal of reducing violent crime.
Shumlin issues 10 pardons, mostly for drug-related crimes
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin on Saturday issued 10 pardons to people convicted of various felonies and misdemeanors, including the son of former vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro and the son of former U.S. Rep. Richard Mallary.
Half of the pardons involve people convicted of possessing, selling or growing marijuana, while the rest were people convicted of domestic assault, sexual assault, the sale of cocaine and criminal mischief.
Nixon pardons 12 more convicted of theft, drug crimes
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's outgoing Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is pardoning 12 more people.
Nixon on Friday announced the pardons to those convicted of theft and drug-related crimes, such as selling cocaine.
They've since found jobs or retired. One now mentors troubled youth, and another is active in his church.
Outgoing Missouri governor grants 15 pardons
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's outgoing Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is giving clemency to 15 people convicted of drug-related crimes or theft.
Nixon on Friday announced the pardons. Those granted clemency were convicted of crimes including selling marijuana, stealing and burglary. Many went on to work or attend school. Those granted clemency also include Vietnam veterans, a pastor and retirees.
WASHINGTON – President Obama on Thursday commuted 102 prison sentences, raising to a record 774 the number of commutations he has ordered.
PATERSON – Responding to citizens’ complaints, city narcotics detectives seized a revolver and arrested two men – one from Paterson and the other from Sussex County – on drug dealing charges in the 4th Ward on Monday morning, police said.
South Texas police officer arrested on drug counts, fired
RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas (AP) — A South Texas police detective has been arrested on drug trafficking charges after investigators say he tipped off dealers to law enforcement activity.
Court records show Ramon DeLaCruz Jr. remains in custody pending a federal detention hearing Thursday in McAllen. Rio Grande City police Chief Noe Castillo says DeLaCruz was fired Monday after about two years on the force.
UN expert decries Iran executions of 12 linked to drug crime
GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. expert focusing on Iran has condemned the execution of 12 people there over the weekend on drug-related charges.
Special rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed on Monday said executions for drug-related offenses like those on Saturday violate international law, and Iranian officials have themselves say such executions haven't been effective in preventing drug-related crimes.
Utah County’s Most Wanted: Spanish Fork man sought in heroin-dealing case
The Utah County Sheriff’s Office is actively seeking Skyler Sisneros, last known to live in the Spanish Fork area, for four warrants for his arrest.
Most of his warrants are for drug-related crimes, with the most recent warrant stemming from an incident in December 2014.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Transportation officials say extra law enforcement patrols across North Dakota in June resulted in 118 citations for drunk driving and drug-related crimes.
The state Department of Transportation says there were 69 arrests for DUI or refusal of a test, 24 citations for other alcohol-related violations, and 25 drug-related arrests. The stops resulted in three felony arrests.
A total of 564 citations were attributed to the added patrols,...