CINCINNATI (AP) — Attorneys for news organizations argued Thursday that the U.S. public should be allowed to see federal data about how prescription opioids were distributed as the nation's...
NEW YORK (AP) — A Guatemalan presidential candidate was arrested Wednesday in Miami on drug and weapons charges, accused of plotting to assassinate political rivals and to let drug dealers use...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans has become the 16th city to join a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration initiative to fight heroin and prescription drug abuse.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration viewed one drug-producing company as the "kingpin within a drug cartel," according to a Tennessee lawsuit over the opioid...
PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says it has seized a cache of narcotics and weapons and arrested six people after a monthslong investigation into a local criminal...
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's high-profile office in Colombia has been cleared of wrongdoing following a probe of misconduct allegations, including accusations that he used government resources to hire prostitutes.
A DEA letter addressed to Richard Dobrich said the investigation turned up "no evidence to support this allegation" and was being closed.
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced conspiracy charges Tuesday against a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent accused of providing firearms to a violent drug-trafficking organization that has been blamed for a half dozen murders.
The agent, Fernando Gomez, was arrested at the DEA's Chicago field division and charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting the possession of firearms, among other counts.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A pharmacy on Montana's Flathead Indian Reservation has been fined $95,000 for failing to account for 2,500 oxyodone tablets from March 2017 to March 2018.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted an inspection of the tribal pharmacy in St. Ignatius after learning about the missing opioids. Inspectors found pharmacy staff were not adequately tracking controlled substances. The pharmacy also failed to report to the DEA that oxycodone was missing.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is opening an office in Traverse City.
The DEA's Detroit Field Division says the new post will help the agency identify, disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations and their subsidiaries in northern Michigan.
Special Agent in Charge Timothy Plancon (PLAN-sun) says the office will work closely with the Michigan State Police Traverse Narcotics Team, which includes more than a dozen federal, state and local agencies.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Most of that was the result of a record number of opioid-related deaths.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — New turmoil has roiled the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's high-profile office in Colombia, where at least three agents have left in recent months amid investigations into alleged misconduct, including accusations that one passed secrets to drug cartels and another used government resources to hire prostitutes.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys general from West Virginia and 10 other states are asking the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to further tighten the manufacture of opioids.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office says the DEA's preliminary quotas for 2019 don't reflect the federal agency's position that demand shouldn't be equated with legitimate need. He said he believes the proposed quotas are still excessive, even with a 10 percent reduction.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York police chief is leaving his position to take a role in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced Tuesday Chief Michael Ciminelli will resign Sept. 15. He had served as police chief since March 2014.
Deputy Chief Mark Simmons will serve as interim chief. Simmons has been with the department for 16 years.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies conducted raids at a West Virginia home and two pharmacies as part of an investigation into pharmacy practices.
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials unveiled some additional strategies in combating Mexican drug cartels Wednesday in Chicago alongside members of the Mexican government, military and federal police, who said one priority was to capture the leader of the increasingly powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A group of federal investigators working on an international fentanyl trafficking case that began with an overdose death in North Dakota has been recognized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
DEA officials announced Wednesday that the team led by U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers of North Dakota, Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Kerin of Oregon and trial attorney Adrienne Rose has earned the Administrator's Award for Outstanding Group Achievement.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has approved a rule change requiring drugmakers to identify a legitimate need for opioids to justify their production in an attempt to rein in their diversion for illicit purposes.
The DEA announced Wednesday that the final rule sent for publication in the Federal Register will consider the extent to which a legally prescribed drug is diverted for abuse when the agency sets its annual opioid production limits.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal agents have raided a Kentucky pain clinic as the FBI says it is investigating "multiple locations around Louisville."
Special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were sorting through boxes inside Bluegrass Pain Consultants on Tuesday.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is establishing a new field division based in Omaha that will include Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
In a news conference Thursday in Omaha, DEA Acting Administrator Robert Patterson said the new division will open in July. It is the agency's 23rd division office in the United States.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A television station's analysis has found that thousands of Minnesota doctors and other medical professionals aren't complying with a law requiring them to create an account with the state's Prescription Monitoring Program.
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is planning to open a new post in Paducah.
A release from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office says the Republican from Kentucky urged the DEA to consider a "tremendous upsurge in the amount of methamphetamine and synthetic cannabinoids imported and distributed in western Kentucky."
CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge wants government-held data about prescription painkiller sales and distribution to be shared with attorneys involved in settlement talks about hundreds of lawsuits over the country's opioid epidemic.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration narcotics task force member in Louisiana has pleaded guilty to stealing cash and drugs.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal appeals court has sided with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in a fight over the agency's refusal to release thousands of pages of exhibits used in the trial of a doctor convicted of running an Ohio pill mill.
Providence-based freelance journalist Phil Eil (EYE'-el) sought records in the 2011 trial of Paul Volkman in Cincinnati. The DEA refused to release most of them, citing patients' privacy.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating a marijuana processing facility in Oregon after an explosion there injured a man who was previously convicted in a money laundering operation linked to pot-trafficking.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The federal government is sending law enforcement teams to cities in five states to help stop the flow of heroin and synthetic opioids.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said Friday the teams will enhance the agency's ability to combat problems surrounding heroin, fentanyl and drug trafficking violence.
The DEA is sending teams to Cincinnati and Cleveland; Long Island, New York; Raleigh, North Carolina; New Bedford, Massachusetts; and Charleston, West Virginia.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A veteran agent from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New Orleans has been indicted on charges he engaged in a scheme to steal money and property seized in drug investigations and perjured himself in court.
The federal indictment unsealed Monday also accuses the agent, Chad Allen Scott, of accepting an illegal "gratuity" worth at least $10,000 for recommending that prosecutors seek a reduced sentence for a criminal defendant.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is stepping down while the agency awaits the Trump administration's nomination of its permanent leader.
A person familiar with the move said Chuck Rosenberg will leave the post Oct. 1. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters, said Rosenberg notified employees of his decision in a short email Tuesday in which he thanked them for their hard work.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says the amount of methamphetamine coming into southern Illinois has been increasing for the past five or 10 years.
The region has become a prime destination for Mexican drug cartels bringing cheaper and higher quality crystal meth into the U.S., DEA agent Doug Dorley told the Belleville News-Democrat .
NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime target of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration known as the "Sultan" has been arrested in London on charges he aided a massive drug trafficking operation, authorities announced Friday.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A court in Mexico has re-sentenced convicted drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo for the 1985 killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent.
Felix Gallardo had been serving a 40-year sentence for the murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena. But many of those convicted in the killing had filed appeals.
The federal judiciary council said Wednesday that the new sentence is 37 years plus a reparation payment equivalent to about $1.17 million.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah will obey a court order to let the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration search a prescription-drug database without a warrant, despite a state law designed to protect patient privacy.
The state disagrees with the ruling that found people can't expect privacy in the highly regulated prescription-drug industry, but state attorneys have decided not to appeal after reviewing similar cases, said Utah Attorney General's Office spokesman Dan Burton in a statement Monday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge is ordering Utah officials to let the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration search a state prescription-drug database without a warrant despite arguments about medical patient privacy.
U.S. District Judge David Nuffer on Thursday gave the Utah Department of Commerce and the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing three weeks to comply with a DEA subpoena or be held in contempt of court.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana sheriff's deputy who was part of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars seized in a drug raid.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As the nation's opioid epidemic intensified, Indiana cracked down on over-prescribing doctors and "pill mills" catering to people with addictions. The state also took aim at doctor-shopping — the practice of visiting multiple physicians to score more painkillers.
The measures had an impact, but not what officials hoped for.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says drug overdose deaths rose by 37 percent last year across Pennsylvania last year, with some of the largest increases in rural counties.
The DEA's data released Thursday reported 4,642 drug fatalities in Pennsylvania in 2016, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday warned of a new problem presented by the nation's drug abuse epidemic: the threat of law enforcement officers accidentally overdosing.
Officers and paramedics are increasingly coming in contact with potent synthetic opioids that can be dangerous and deadly, a troubling side effect of the United States' opioid crisis.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration misled the public, Congress and Justice Department officials about an aggressive yet poorly planned strategy that led to a series of deadly confrontations involving agents in Honduras, government watchdogs wrote in a scathing report released Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a report on the U.S. drug enforcement strategy in Honduras (all times local):
Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy says a watchdog report about a series of deadly encounters during an aggressive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration operation in Honduras raises questions about whether the incidents are isolated.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The largest city in a state with one of the nation's worst drug overdose rates was added Wednesday to a federal program aimed at helping similar cities deal with the scourge of heroin and prescription drug addiction.
MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — Drug enforcement agents are at a home north of Colorado Springs investigating a suspected illegal marijuana-growing operation across the street from an elementary school.
The Colorado Springs Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/2ptcG8o ) Friday that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had come to the house from Denver. It is located across from Winds Elementary.
Marijuana plants have been piled up on the house's driveway.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The state commission charged with fostering an industrial hemp industry in North Carolina is considering joining a lawsuit against a government agency it agrees is making things difficult.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/2nIRXIN ) the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission plans to announce Thursday whether it will join a lawsuit against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A top maker of brand-name and generic narcotic painkillers has agreed to pay the U.S. government $35 million to resolve a probe of its distribution of those drugs.
Mallinckrodt PLC said Monday it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. attorneys for the Eastern District of Michigan and Northern District of New York. The deal is subject to further review and approval by the DEA and Justice Department.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will spend $500,000 on a program that aims to curb prescription drug and heroin abuse across the state.
DEA special Agent Karl Colder tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2kO4gC8) the project, announced Wednesday, targets drug traffickers who supply opioids to Kanawha, Putnam and Cabell counties.
SHANGHAI (AP) — So deadly it's considered a terrorist threat, carfentanil has been legal in China— until now. Beijing is banning carfentanil and three similar drugs as of March 1, China's Ministry of Public Security said Thursday, closing a major regulatory loophole in the fight to end America's opioid epidemic.