Latest Drug-related crime News

Opioid industry presses for settlement as trial looms

Oct. 17, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — With a trial looming, major drug distributors and manufacturers are pressing to settle thousands of claims against them related to the nation's persistent opioid crisis. The companies are negotiating with state attorneys general as jury selection is expected to wrap up on Thursday in the...

Phoenix woman accused of using teen daughter to hide cocaine

Oct. 17, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman has been indicted after authorities say she used her teenage daughter to hide cocaine from police during a traffic stop two months ago. State prosecutors say Rufina Lopez Covarruvia is accused of multiple felony charges including involving or using a minor in a drug offense....

Opioid settlement talks broaden ahead of 1st federal trial

Oct. 16, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Efforts to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the nation's opioid epidemic intensified Wednesday ahead of the scheduled start of arguments in the first federal trial over the crisis. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press that three major drug...

Pot legalization plan would subsidize patients, pay police

Oct. 16, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal unveiled Wednesday for legal marijuana sales throughout New Mexico would use taxes to subsidize medical pot purchases for low-income patients and set aside money for police and loans to cannabis startup companies. A panel appointed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a...

$1M of illegal marijuana seized in California

Oct. 16, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

ANZA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they seized illegal marijuana with a street value of $1 million after stopping a van on a Southern California street because a passenger wasn't wearing a seatbelt. The California Highway Patrol says an officer smelled an odor of pot after stopping the van Monday in Anza,...

The Latest: Day 1 of opioid lawsuit jury selection concludes

Oct. 16, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on jury selection in the first federal trial on the opioid crisis (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The first day of jury selection in a landmark federal opioid lawsuit in federal court in Cleveland has concluded. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster said both sides on Thursday will find...

Baltimore attorney pleads not guilty in narcotics case

Oct. 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A prominent Baltimore defense attorney has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an alleged narcotics conspiracy. Court records show Kenneth Ravenell was arraigned Wednesday on one count each of racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit money laundering and narcotics...

Closings in US drug trial of Honduran president's brother

Oct. 16, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez created "state-sponsored" drug trafficking by corrupting the country's politics to protect drug dealers, a prosecutor told a jury during closing arguments Wednesday at a drug trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Emil Bove in New York made...

Police find 144 pounds of meth at Kansas City home

Oct. 16, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say police seized 144 pounds of methamphetamine in tires stored at a shed at a Kansas City man's home. The man, 38-year-old Jorge Rodriquez-Gonzalez, was charged this week in U.S. District Court with drug trafficking. Charging documents allege a confidential...

Inmate pleads guilty to dealing drugs from behind bars

Oct. 16, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An inmate at Rhode Island's state prison has pleaded guilty to running a drug distribution operation from behind bars. Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old James Gomes on several occasions while being held at the Adult Correctional Institutions last year arranged by phone for the...