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State mounts largest crackdown on illegal pot shops in LA

Dec. 13, 2019 6:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators mounted dozens of raids against illegal marijuana retailers in Los Angeles this week, the largest crackdown to date against the city's thriving black market, officials announced Friday. The state has been under pressure from California's legal industry to do more to...

Connecticut man gets 8 years for role in cocaine scheme

Dec. 13, 2019 2:41 PM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who had shipments of cocaine mailed from Puerto Rico to addresses across the Northeast has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison, federal prosecutors said. Ignacio Bruno, 33, of South Windsor, was also sentenced Thursday in federal court in Bridgeport...

Former county sheriff in Montana sentenced to 2 days in jail

Dec. 13, 2019 1:43 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a former county sheriff in Montana to two days in jail, a $1,000 fine and ordered him to surrender his law enforcement certification for his efforts to protect a confidential informant during a drug investigation. Roger Thompson was sentenced Thursday after he...

Court: Evidence used to convict ex-deputy legally obtained

Dec. 13, 2019 1:18 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The evidence used to prosecute a former Burleigh County sheriff's deputy for stealing and drug offenses was gathered legally, the North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled. Kerry Komrosky, 32, was charged with theft of drugs he obtained while assigned to the Metro Area Narcotics Task...

Man gets 25 years for trying to kill police informant

Dec. 13, 2019 11:53 AM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man has been given 25 years in prison for trying to kill a police informant. The Sioux City Journal reported that Isaac McDonald, 23, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. He'd pleaded guilty to conspiracy to tamper with a witness by attempting...

Turkmenistan passes new anti-corruption law

Dec. 13, 2019 11:23 AM EST

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan's president signed a law Friday that excludes prisoners convicted of corruption from state amnesties and pardons that take place several times each year and usually coincide with major national holidays. The new law equates those convicted of corruption to drug...

Man found guilty in shooting of Salem police officer

Dec. 13, 2019 11:14 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Salem, Oregon, man was found guilty Thursday of shooting a veteran Salem police officer four times during a nighttime traffic stop on April 14. The Statesman-Journal reports that Jaime Lee Jimenez, 39, was found guilty of premeditated, attempted aggravated murder following a stipulated...

Alaska proposes copying prisoner mail to stop drug smuggling

Dec. 13, 2019 10:29 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska prison officials have proposed giving inmates copies of their incoming mail rather than originals to crack down on smuggling, officials said. The state Department of Corrections asked lawmakers to approve a $400,000 budget increase for the program, Alaska’s Energy...

Alaska airport police seize $133K in alcohol in 6 months

Dec. 13, 2019 10:28 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Authorities at an Alaska airport seized more than $133,000 in illegal alcohol and more than 140 grams of drugs in the past six months, officials said. The Fairbanks Airport Police and Fire Department seized 59 gallons (223 liters) of illegal alcohol and 5 ounces (144 grams) of...

Egypt officials arrest Italian suspected of smuggling drugs

Dec. 13, 2019 10:26 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Cairo airport authorities on Friday arrested an Italian passenger for allegedly attempting to smuggle illegal drugs into the country, a customs official said. Customs inspectors searching the luggage of the traveler arriving from Milan found 644 pills and several glass bottles of illegal...