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Flesh-eating bacteria linked to heroin kills 7 in California

Dec. 5, 2019 7:24 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A flesh-eating bacteria linked to the use of black tar heroin has killed at least seven people over the past two months in San Diego County, authorities said. Nine people who injected black tar heroin between Oct. 2 and Nov. 24 were hospitalized with severe myonecrosis, a soft-tissue...

Mexico president hosts US AG behind closed doors in capital

Dec. 5, 2019 6:43 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president and the U.S. attorney general met behind closed doors Thursday, about a week after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested his government could classify Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. The Foreign Relations Department said the meeting between...

Feds: Over 60 Latin Kings members arrested along East Coast

Dec. 5, 2019 3:54 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — More than 60 members of the Latin Kings have been arrested on federal racketeering, drug and firearms charges, including the leaders of the street gang’s East Coast operations, authorities announced Thursday. Among those arrested is Michael Cecchetelli, a 40-year-old Springfield,...

Iowa's felon list includes police force, omits drug dealer

Dec. 5, 2019 2:42 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man convicted of delivering meth two decades ago should have been added to Iowa's database of felons banned from voting, but an embarrassing clerical error instead listed the police force that busted him. The inclusion of the Des Moines Police Department among the names of...

Vermont to investigate women's prison after newspaper report

Dec. 5, 2019 2:37 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott is promising the state will investigate conditions in Vermont's only women's prison after a newspaper article described sexual misconduct and drug use involving inmates and correctional officers. Speaking at a Thursday news conference in Montpelier, Scott said Human...

Cowboys DT Antwaun Woods arrested on drug, tampering charges

Dec. 5, 2019 12:58 PM EST

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Antwaun Woods was arrested on drug and tampering charges after police say he tried to put out a marijuana cigarette when he knew he was about to be stopped for speeding. Woods didn't pull over immediately and told police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco he...

Poland says it foiled $517 million cocaine smuggling plan

Dec. 5, 2019 10:07 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister says the nation’s security services have foiled a $517 million (467 million euros) plan to smuggle Columbian cocaine to Europe. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Thursday that it was the biggest drug smuggling scheme thwarted in democratic...

3 charged over Australia’s largest crystal meth seizure

Dec. 5, 2019 2:55 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two customs agents and an information technology worker appeared in a court on Thursday charged with drug offenses over Australia’s largest seizure of methamphetamine, which had been smuggled to Melbourne from Bangkok in stereo speakers. Police estimate the 1.6 metric tons...

Mexico raises to 24 death toll in border gunbattles

Dec. 5, 2019 12:06 AM EST

VILLA UNION, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in northern Mexico have raised the death toll from weekend gunbattles in the small town of Villa Union to 24. Coahuila state authorities say another suspect’s body has been found after a search of the area following the clashes Saturday and Sunday. According to...

Barr set for Mexican meetings as US seeks cartel crackdown

Dec. 4, 2019 3:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr will meet with Mexico’s president and law enforcement officials about one week after President Donald Trump suggested that the United States would seek to classify Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. Barr planned to be in Mexico City on...