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Mexicans debate whether government right to free capo's son

Oct. 21, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans were divided Monday over whether the government did the right thing in releasing a drug kingpin's son after his supporters shot up the northern city of Culiacán. Some polls indicate the public is split on whether people accepted the government's argument that it was more...

US prisons to photocopy inmate mail to curb drug smuggling

Oct. 21, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has started photocopying inmate letters and other mail at some federal correctional facilities across the U.S. instead of delivering the original parcels, in an attempt to combat the smuggling of synthetic narcotics like K-2, officials told The Associated Press...

Truck driver indicted on 23 counts in motorcyclist deaths

Oct. 21, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A pickup truck driver accused of causing a collision that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire has been indicted on 23 charges saying he negligently caused the deaths and was under the influence of one or more drugs at the time. Volodymyr Zhukovskyy , 23, of Springfield,...

Clusters of illness linked to CBD vapes share 2nd connection

Oct. 21, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Some of the people rushing to emergency rooms thought the CBD vape they inhaled would help like a gentle medicine. Others puffed it for fun. What the vapors delivered instead was a jolt of synthetic marijuana, and with it an intense high of hallucinations and even seizures. More...

Indonesia arrests 4 foreigners on drug charges

Oct. 21, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested four foreigners for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs onto the resort island of Bali, an official said Monday. The head of customs at Bali's Ngurah Rai airport, Himawan Indarjono, said the foreigners — two Thai women, one Russian woman...

1st federal opioid crisis trial to focus on distribution

Oct. 21, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The case is about the conduct of a group of companies in two Ohio counties, but far more than that is riding on the first federal trial on the opioid crisis, expected to open Monday in Cleveland. The counties are looking for money to help them fight and fix the epidemic, while families who...

Prosecutors: Trade war opens doors For Mexican drug cartels

Oct. 20, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials in Oregon say they've uncovered an elaborate scheme to convert Mexican drug profits from sales in the United States back into pesos using Chinese citizens who seek to circumvent their country's banking laws. The Mexican drug cartels are taking...

Hondurans call for president to step down after drug verdict

Oct. 19, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Opposition groups called Saturday for more protests to demand that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández be removed from office after his younger brother was convicted of drug trafficking in a New York court. Thousands of Hondurans protested into the early hours of the...

In many parts of Mexico, government ceded battle to cartels

Oct. 19, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

EL AGUAJE, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican city of Culiacan lived under drug cartel terror for 12 hours as gang members forced the government to free a drug lord's son, but in many parts of Mexico, the government ceded the battle to the gangs long ago. The massive, rolling gunbattle in Culiacan, capital of...

Mexico says Trump shows 'solidarity' after suspect freed

Oct. 19, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Saturday he received a phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump to express "solidarity" over the events this week in the northern Mexican city of Culiacan, where the government backed off from an attempt to arrest a drug...