Latest Drug-related crime News

Mississippi court upholds life sentence for pot possession

May. 12, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a life sentence for a man convicted of a marijuana possession charge because he had previous convictions and those made him a habitual offender. Allen Russell, 38, was sentenced to life in Forrest...

Authorities: Louisiana lawyer tried to bring drugs into jail

May. 12, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) — A Louisiana defense lawyer was arrested for attempting to smuggle prescription painkillers into a jail for an inmate, authorities said. Michael Fontenot was arrested by U.S. Marshals at his Baton Rouge home Tuesday on felony charges of criminal...

Homicide charge challenged in slaying at mistaken location

May. 12, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

DERRY, Pa. (AP) — A defense attorney says a homicide charge should be dismissed against a man accused of killing a sleeping woman by firing several shots into a western Pennsylvania home in the mistaken belief that someone inside was part of a botched drug deal. Nathan...

Law to police doping in horse races not in play 'til 2022

May. 12, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

For five years, a bill that would place the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in charge of fighting illicit drug use in horse racing went nowhere in Congress. In 2020, it finally passed — but that milestone came too late to resolve the crisis that enveloped the sport and its latest Kentucky Derby...

Man charged in 2017 death in Columbia tied to drug ring

May. 12, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Columbia man with second-degree murder in a 2017 death that investigators linked to a drug-trafficking ring. Jeffrey McWilliams, 28, was also charged Tuesday with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in the death...

Ex-cop pleads guilty to theft, other charges, gets treatment

May. 12, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A former Bremerton police detective caught on camera stealing cash during a search of a suspected drug dealer’s house pleaded guilty to theft and other charges and was sentenced to inpatient drug treatment. Jeffery Inklebarger, 52, pleaded...

Traffic stop in northern Illinois reveals 897 tabs of LSD

May. 12, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

HARVARD, Ill. (AP) — A 27-year-old northern Illinois man was arrested after police during a traffic stop discovered nearly 900 tabs of LSD in his vehicle. The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reported that Alek A. Montemayor of Harvard was...

Police say drunk driver crashes through fence, into pool

May. 12, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island woman has been charged with drunken driving after she drove her car into a backyard swimming pool, police said. Samantha Perez, 24, was driving a Mazda in Ronkonkoma at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when she failed to negotiate a turn,...

Florida woman pleads guilty in fatal drug overdose

May. 12, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman faces a possible life sentence for selling drugs that led to a man's fatal overdose. Joamary Rosario, 30, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Tampa federal court to knowingly and intentionally distributing a substance containing a mixture of...

8 years for dad of Saints 'super fan' in charity, drug case

May. 11, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man whose seriously ill son gained fame in New Orleans for his devotion to the Saints football team was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday for drug trafficking and for fraudulently capitalizing on his son's illness with a phony charity. ...