Dakotas tribes seek more crime-fighting help from feds
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Indian reservations in the Dakotas need more resources and cooperation from the federal government to combat crime and improve safety, tribal leaders told members of...
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say nearly four dozen people have been arrested in a Southeast Texas drug trafficking-related investigation dubbed Operation Wrecking Ball.
Virginia man sentenced to 20 years on drug charges
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Virginia man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for distributing cocaine.
Court documents say that 36-year-old Aidriss Saydi was a prominent...
Man who mailed cocaine from Puerto Rico to RI sentenced
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who worked with an accomplice to ship dozens of kilograms of cocaine through the U.S. Postal Service from Puerto Rico to Rhode Island has been sentenced...
35 people charged in Chicago-area drug trafficking cases
CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly three dozen people are facing federal or state charges in connection with heroin and fentanyl trafficking in Chicago.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy worth more than $1 million combined have been seized in Georgia and that five people, including an Alabama couple, have been...
NEW YORK (AP) — Charges were unsealed Friday against a former Venezuelan vice president in New York federal court as authorities accused him of using his office to aid international drug...
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man shot and killed in Springfield was wanted on federal drug trafficking crimes.
Police say the man killed Tuesday evening was 36-year-old Jared...
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — A man from the Dominican Republic has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in a case that authorities say involved a 10-hour boat chase through the...
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say deputies with the U.S. Marshals Service have shot and killed a federal drug trafficking suspect during a confrontation in Springfield.
Former Idaho prison guards sentenced in corruption case
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two former Idaho Department of Correction officers were sentenced this week for taking part in what they believed to be a drug trafficking operation inside prisons.
Albania ex-minister denies drug traffic, crime charges
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A former Albanian interior minister accused of links to drug trafficking has denied charges of being part of organized crime rings.
Arizona grand jury indicts 11 in drug trafficking probe
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted 11 people who were allegedly involved with a drug distribution ring that distributed crack cocaine, Oxycodone and...
75 face federal drug trafficking charges in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal grand jury in Puerto Rico has indicted 75 people accused of running a multimillion-dollar drug trafficking ring and of throwing bodies of victims to...
3 charged in alleged drug trafficking on Delmarva peninsula
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Authorities have arrested three people following a three-month, multistate investigation into drug trafficking on the Delmarva peninsula.
Oklahoma AG arrests 2 on drug trafficking, weapons charges
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general has filed drug trafficking and weapons charges against two people accused of possessing several pounds of illegal drugs and assault-style...
2 men charged in Philadelphia to Pittsburgh drug ring bust
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities have arrested two men who they believe are part of a drug trafficking ring between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and confiscated $10 million of cocaine allegedly hidden...
Idaho prison guard sentenced to 3 years for drug trafficking
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former Idaho corrections officer has been sentenced to up to three years in prison for his part in a major drug trafficking operation.
Ex-Gardnerville man gets prison for heroin trafficking
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — A former Gardnerville man convicted of selling heroin as part of a drug ring at Lake Tahoe has been sentenced to up to six years in prison.
Oregon man with medical marijuana gets 12 years in prison
CANTON, Miss. (AP) — An Oregon man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in Mississippi for possessing medical marijuana.
The Clarion Ledger reports 46-year-old Patrick Beadle was...
Minnesota joins lawsuit to block Trump’s national emergency
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has joined with 15 other states in suing to block President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency to fund his proposed wall on the U.S. border with...
Gang leader called top ‘trigger puller’ gets life sentence
BALTIMORE (AP) — A man who prosecutors called Baltimore's "number one trigger puller" has been sentenced to life in prison for a gang conspiracy involving drug trafficking and killings.
Drug bust: 170K doses of heroin, fentanyl seized in Philly
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania narcotics investigators say they've seized 170,000 doses of heroin and fentanyl from drug traffickers in Philadelphia.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro says Thursday's sting in the hard-hit Kensington neighborhood also netted crack cocaine, handguns, cash and a piece of heavy machinery used to package drugs. Eleven people were arrested and face a range of charges including corrupt organizations, conspiracy and drug trafficking.
Vegas prosecutors say tech billionaire facing drug charges
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A billionaire California tech mogul who funds "Marsy's Law" crime victim rights campaigns nationwide was hit Wednesday with felony drug charges following his arrest last summer in a Las Vegas hotel suite with what police said were briefcases full of drugs.
No exit: El Chapo likely off to ‘Alcatraz of the Rockies’
NEW YORK (AP) — In the world of corrections, there are inmates who pose security risks, and then there's El Chapo.
Drug lord Joaquin Guzman has an unparalleled record of jailbreaks, having escaped two high-security Mexican prisons before his ultimate capture and extradition to the United States.
Leader of drug trafficking conspiracy pleads guilty
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the suburban St. Louis leader of a drug trafficking conspiracy has pleaded guilty to drug crimes and use of firearms resulting in death.
Dionne Lamont Gatling of St. Charles pleaded guilty Tuesday and is expected to face 27 years in prison at sentencing in May. He is 53.
Spain arrests 29 people for drug smuggling
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested 29 people who they allege are involved in a drug trafficking ring.
Spain's Civil Guard says that their officers made the arrests on Tuesday after raiding several locations in the southern provinces of Cadiz and Malaga. Most of the arrests took place in the town La Linea de la Concepcion near the Iberia Peninsula's southern tip.
LA precious metals trader pleads guilty to money laundering
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a precious-metals trader in the Los Angeles Jewelry District pleaded guilty to laundering money that he was told were more than $200,000 in drug trafficking proceeds.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 53-year-old Saeed Elyahouzadeh of Westwood entered the plea Monday in U.S. District Court to one felony count of money laundering.
13 suspected drug traffickers killed in Rio shootout
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police shot dead at least 13 suspected drug traffickers on Friday during a shootout in a slum in Rio de Janeiro's bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa.
The confrontation broke out when officers were greeted by gunfire as they entered an area where the suspects were hiding, according to police spokesman Col. Mauro Fliess. He said that no police were hurt.
Officers seize 20 pounds of marijuana, $30K in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Mississippi say officers arrested three people and seized 20 pounds (9 kilograms) of marijuana as well as more than $30,000 in cash.
The Clarion Ledger reports a Hinds County Sheriff's Office release says narcotics officers and Richland police broke up a large drug trafficking operation involving marijuana being transported from California.
Man sentenced to 17 years for drug trafficking
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for participating in a drug-trafficking conspiracy in New Hampshire.
The U.S. Attorney's office says court documents show Juan Garcia, who also goes by several other names, participated in a conspiracy to sell fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine. The FBI started investigating him in Nashua and in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Garcia, who said he was from Puerto Rico but actually was from the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty in June.
19 people indicted in southern Arizona drug trafficking ring
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A state grand jury has indicted 19 people for allegedly operating a drug trafficking organization in southern Arizona.
A more-than-year-long joint investigation between the Arizona Attorney General's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration culminated this month. Special operations from more than seven law enforcement agencies carried out multiple search warrants in Pima and Cochise counties on Jan. 9.
Drug ‘enforcer’ gets life sentence for federal crimes
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 55-year-old St. Louis man who worked as an "enforcer" for a drug trafficking organization has been sentenced to life in prison.
Donald Stewart was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court. He was found guilty in May of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and two counts of possession of a firearm with death resulting as part of a drug trafficking crime.
Puerto Rico leaders meet to fight rise in brazen violence
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hundreds of government officials and community leaders met in Puerto Rico's capital on Tuesday to brainstorm ways to fight drug trafficking and other crimes as the U.S. territory faces a dwindling police force and an increase in brazen daylight violence.
Albania opposition leader fined for defaming ruling lawmaker
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian court has convicted the main opposition Democratic Party leader of defamation over drug-related allegations he made against a senior governing lawmaker.
Democratic leader Lulzim Basha was fined 50,000 lek ($455) in a ruling by a Tirana district court judge on Monday.
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 they came under fire from gunmen belonging to a gang based in Costa Rica involved in drug trafficking, robbery and cattle theft.
Dozens arrested in Oregon drug investigation
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have arrested more the five dozen suspects in an aim to take down drug trafficking organizations in northeast Oregon.
Spain arrests 17 in ongoing Catalonia anti-terror operation
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 participated in theft, drug trafficking and other crimes, according to the Mossos d'Esquadra regional police.
More than 100 agents took part in the operation, which was ongoing as of mid-afternoon, a spokeswoman said.
Man who received pot shipments gets prison time
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 of drug trafficking.
The 41-year-old Chen was arrested in December 2017 after he picked up two large crates from a Cape Cod Express facility in Wareham that were listed as containing "plastics."
Prosecutors accuse restaurants of laundering drug money
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.
Maine governor pardons former GOP lawmaker in old drug case
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.
Maine Public reports the pardon of former state Rep. Jeffrey Pierce, of Dresden, could affect an ongoing investigation into whether Pierce illegally hunted with firearms.
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 most important drug smuggling gangs operating between Spain and North Africa.
Five boats and five vehicles used by the alleged gang were seized.
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 been publicized by the Chinese press following the Dec. 1 arrest of the chief financial officer of tech giant Huawei on U.S. charges related to trading with Iran.
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.
Man says $252K in cash seized from luggage was for nonprofit
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.
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, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday.
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.
Man sentenced to jail for role in drug trafficking operation
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 leading a drug trafficking operation that repeatedly imported multiple kilograms of heroin and cocaine from Mexico, which was distributed to drug dealers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
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 that 23-year-old David Glazener's attorney deferred comment.