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Officials: US citizen living in Mexico indicted in drug case

Sep. 15, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. citizen living in Mexico who claimed ties to the Sinaloa cartel faces a 17-count indictment related to a drug trafficking operation between Mexico and Alaska, federal authorities announced Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Alaska...

Massachusetts man sentenced for signing for cocaine shipment

Sep. 15, 2021 08:45 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man previously convicted of trying to smuggle three kilograms (about 6.5 pounds) of cocaine through Logan Airport in a wheelchair has been sent back to prison for signing for a shipment of cocaine sent to his home. Emmanuelli...

Authorities: Man tries to sneak drug into jail in eye patch

Sep. 14, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A man faces a misdemeanor drug possession charge after authorities said he tried to smuggle a drug used to treat opioid addiction into a northwestern Indiana jail in an eye patch. He was one of two people caught over the past days trying to sneak...

Leader of Mexican drug trafficking ring gets 8 years prison

Sep. 13, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The leader of a Mexican-based heroin trafficking ring that distributed the drug to cells operating in and around Portland and in southwestern Washington was sentenced Monday to just over eight years in federal prison. Paul Alberto Guillen, 27, is...

Lynnwood man sentenced to 10 years for drugs, firearms

Sep. 10, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Lynnwood man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday after being found to possess millions of dollars worth of fentanyl, heroin and firearms. Jose Casablanca, 39, was arrested in July 2020 after an investigation found he had enough fentanyl to make...

Thai leader sacks 2 Cabinet members suspected of disloyalty

Sep. 09, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sacked two Cabinet members on Thursday, including one who was widely reported to have unsuccessfully plotted for him to lose a parliamentary no-confidence vote last week. Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao...

Prison guard pleads guilty in drug smuggling scheme

Sep. 08, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida state prison guard pleaded guilty Wednesday to participating in a scheme to smuggle drugs into a facility. Leslie Samuel Spencer, 49, pleaded guilty in Fort Myers federal court to attempted distribution of methamphetamine and MDMA,...

Prison guard pleads guilty in drug smuggling scheme

Sep. 07, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A federal prison guard in Florida pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a scheme to smuggle drugs into a facility. Wayne Grant Jr., 27, pleaded guilty in Ocala federal court to receipt of a bribe by a public official, according to court records....

Former officer charged with smuggling drugs into prison

Sep. 02, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A former employee of the North Dakota State Penitentiary has been accused of smuggling drugs and electronics into the prison for an inmate in exchange for money. Investigators say Matthew Taylor was working as a correctional officer last year when...

Inmate held in solitary for nearly 2 years settles lawsuit

Aug. 30, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine State Prison inmate has settled a lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections for the nearly two years he spent in solitary confinement. Under an unusual settlement Doug Burr’s attorney fees will be reimbursed in the amount of...