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FILE - In this Monday, June 22, 2020 file photo, people gather in front of a mural showing Adama Traore and George Floyd, who both died in police custody, in Stains, north of Paris. Pressure mounted Wednesday, July 1 to disband a special police unit in one of France’s poorest regions because it is facing at least 15 investigations into officers suspected of drug trafficking, violence, theft or falsifying police reports. News of the investigations has re-ignited French anger over police abuse, after weeks of protests in France demanding racial justice and accountability for police officers who overstep their authority. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, file)

15 investigations into French police for abuse, drug deals

Jul. 1, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities came under mounting pressure Wednesday to disband a special police unit in one of the country's poorest regions because it is facing at least 15 investigations into officers suspected of drug trafficking, violence, theft or falsifying police reports. News of the...

FILE - This file photo shows a reward poster released on March 26, 2020, by the U.S. Department of Justice, for Venezuelan former General Cliver Alcala-Cordones after the U.S. Justice Department indicted Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and several aides on narcoterrorism charges. The former general, who was organizing a volunteer army to overthrow Maduro, claims he's unable to afford private counsel in the U.S. narcotics case, according to his attorney in late June. (Department of Justice via AP, File)

Venezuela general accused with Maduro unable to pay attorney

Jun. 30, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former Venezuelan general who was organizing a volunteer army to overthrow Nicolas Maduro says he is unable to afford a legal defense in a U.S. narcotics case that charges him alongside gis homeland's socialist president. Gen. Cliver Alcala surrendered in March to face U.S. accusations that...

In this December, 2018 photo released by the Stemberger family, Victor and his wife Han Stemberger, are shown at their home in Centreville, Va. Victor Stemberger sits in a Spanish jail, one year after flying into the country with 2.4 kilograms (more than 5 pounds) of cocaine expertly sewn into bubble jackets in a bag. His family says he knew nothing about the drugs. Though Spanish authorities are dubious, the U.S. Justice Department has advised Spain that it believes Stemberger was duped into acting as a drug mule for a West Africa criminal network, and has asked the country for evidence it's gathered, according to correspondence obtained by The Associated Press. (Victor Matthew Stemberger via AP)

American jailed in Spain was unwitting drug mule, US says

Jun. 27, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Victor Stemberger wasn't about to ignore the emails inviting him into a multimillion-dollar business opportunity, so he pitched himself as perfect for the job. In a way he was — but for all the wrong reasons. The 76-year-old Virginia man, whose family says he has cognitive issues,...

People shop for vegetables at the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Authorities in Bangladesh have confirmed the first death of a Rohingya refugee from the coronavirus, as infections rise in sprawling camps where more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims have been living since fleeing from neighboring Myanmar. The 71-year-old refugee died Saturday at Ukhiya in Cox's Bazar, and samples collected from him tested positive on Monday, said Abu Toha M.R. Bhuiyan, chief health coordinator of the office of the Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner. (AP Photo/Shafiqur Rahman)

4 Rohingya men killed in gunfight with Bangladesh police

Jun. 27, 2020 2:09 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Four suspected members of a Rohingya group allegedly involved in kidnapping for ransom were killed in a gunfight with Bangladeshi police near the sprawling refugee camps where refugees from Myanmar live, officials said. The gunfight took place Friday when a team of security...

Court orders abuse of post retrial for ex-Albanian minister

Jun. 26, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian appeals court on Friday ordered the re-trial of a former interior minister who was convicted of abuse of office last year. The basis for the Tirana Appeals Court judges' decision to overturn last year's conviction was not immediately clear. The former minister, Saimir...

Bulgaria: Anti-drug chief detained on corruption suspicion

Jun. 26, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian police have detained the head of the anti-drug trafficking unit and two other officers for allegedly taking bribes in exchange for protecting local and international drug trafficking rings. “The men are suspected of opening an umbrella above the activity of organized...

A firefighter sprays water as flames and smoke rise from burning illegal drugs during a destruction ceremony to mark International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking outside Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, June 26, 2020. More than $839 million of seized illegal drugs were destroyed in the country on Friday, officials said. Myanmar has long been a major source of illegal drugs for East and Southeast Asia, despite repeated efforts to crack down. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

Myanmar destroys seized drugs worth more than $800 million

Jun. 26, 2020 5:22 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — More than $839 million worth of seized illegal drugs were destroyed in Myanmar on Friday to mark the annual International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, officials said. The country has long been a major source of illegal drugs for East and Southeast Asia, despite...

Thai police say they have busted major money-laundering ring

Jun. 25, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand say they have broken up a money-laundering ring that transferred a total of 10 billion baht ($323 million), much of it linked to drug trafficking. A Chinese businessman arrested in Bangkok, Qaing Ma, is believed to be a key figure in the operation, police Maj. Gen....

Cocaine smugglers aim to take advantage of Spain's lockdown

Jun. 19, 2020 8:50 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities seized 3.8 metric tons of cocaine in just over a month at Valencia's port, as drug smugglers presumed police would be off-guard during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said Friday. The investigations began in April after a tip-off from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and...

FILE - This undated photo shows Pablo Escobar’s crime partner and one of Colombia’s pioneering “cocaine cowboys” Carlos Lehder. A lawyer for Lehder says his client left on a flight for his new home in Berlin on Monday, June 15, 2020, after being released from a U.S. prison in Florida. The 70-year-old Lehder was one of the leaders with Escobar of the Medellin cartel that dominated the global cocaine trade in the 1980s. (AP Photo/File)

Pablo Escobar's crime partner freed in US, goes to Berlin

Jun. 16, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Pablo Escobar's crime partner and one of Colombia's pioneering “cocaine cowboys” has been released after a long prison sentence in the U.S. and been deported to Germany, his lawyer said Tuesday. Carlos Lehder left on a flight for his new home in Berlin on Monday after being...