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North Carolina man gets 14 years on multiple drug charges

Nov. 23, 2020 2:45 PM EST

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison on multiple drug charges for which he pleaded guilty in May, federal prosecutors said. In 2018, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received information that Jackson was selling large amounts of crack cocaine...

15 reputed mobsters in Philly, south Jersey face charges

Nov. 23, 2020 12:22 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fifteen alleged members and associates of the south Philadelphia and southern New Jersey organized crime family face federal racketeering and related charges. According to a superseding indictment unsealed Monday, the defendants engaged in racketeering conspiracy, illegal gambling,...

North Carolina man convicted in 2017 heroin death

Nov. 23, 2020 10:31 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been convicted of providing heroin in 2017 to a man who died of an overdose. The Raleigh-based federal prosecutor's office said in a news release Monday that 37-year-old Randon Austin Jenkins of Jacksonville was convicted by a federal jury last week of...

Missouri woman run over, killed; driver arrested for drugs

Nov. 21, 2020 12:05 PM EST

SALEM, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a Missouri woman was backed over and killed while kneeling near a minivan. The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the victim as Valeria Hopwood, of Salem. The patrol said the driver of the minivan didn't see Hopwood before hitting her Friday afternoon. Hopwood was...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, protesters gather in Minneapolis. Almost six months after the death of George Floyd, criminal justice reform advocates are cheering multiple victories in the 2020 election. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Criminal justice reformers cheer multiple election victories

Nov. 21, 2020 10:06 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Almost six months after the death of George Floyd, criminal justice reform advocates are cheering the election of a handful of progressive prosecutors, the passage of ballot initiatives designed to ease mass incarceration and the decriminalization of drugs in several states. Voters also...

FILE - This Oct. 20, 2011 file photo shows the execution chamber at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution as Security Institution Warden Randy Blades look on in Boise, Idaho. The Idaho Supreme Court says state prison officials must turn over records that include information about where they obtained lethal injection drugs used in recent executions. The high court's ruling on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, was a win for University of Idaho Professor Aliza Cover, who studies how the public interacts with the death penalty. (AP Photo/Jessie L. Bonner, File)

Idaho Supreme Court: State must reveal execution drug source

Nov. 20, 2020 6:23 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho prison officials must turn over information about where they got lethal injection drugs used in recent executions, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday, the latest turn in a long-running challenge over transparency in executions that's playing out nationwide. The high court's...

Alleged Sinaloa Cartel member extradited to US from Italy

Nov. 20, 2020 4:40 PM EST

New York (AP) — A former Mexican federal police officer accused of trafficking drugs for the Sinaloa Cartel was extradited this week to the U.S. from Italy, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday night. Ramón Santoyo-Cristobal, also known as “Dr. Wagner,” faces charges of...

FILE - This file photo, date not known, provided by the Alexandria Sheriff's Office in Virginia shows William Burgamy. Burgamy and Hyrum Wilson could each face a decade or more in prison when they are sentenced for a convoluted plot to firebomb a competing pharmacy so they could divert more prescription narcotics to the black market. Burgamy, of Hanover, Md., and Wilson of Auburn, Neb., each pleaded guilty to their respective roles in the conspiracy earlier this year in federal court in Virginia. (Alexandria Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Pair sentenced for Nebraska pharmacy fire bomb plot

Nov. 20, 2020 4:33 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The plan to firebomb Cody’s U-Save Pharmacy in Auburn, Nebraska, was fantastical and convoluted, but very much real. With Cody’s reduced to firewood, more business would flow to its competitor in town, Hyrum’s Family Value Pharmacy. That would allow pharmacist...

California officials announce takedown of Aryan Brotherhood

Nov. 20, 2020 4:17 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California authorities said Friday they have dismantled the senior leadership of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood as part of a statewide takedown of the notorious prison gang and its associates in the Fresnecks street gang in Fresno County. The investigation — dubbed...

Large drug, weapons sweep in central Iowa sees 25 arrested

Nov. 20, 2020 1:52 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Twenty-five people were arrested and illegal drugs, guns and cash were seized in a large law enforcement sweep of more than 40 locations in central Iowa, authorities said. Search warrants were executed Wednesday at 45 locations in Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Clive, Waukee, West Des...