Latest Drug-related crime News

An Arizona journalism saga: Poisoning claims, nasty divorce

Dec. 13, 2018 3:38 PM EST

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — An award-winning Arizona newspaper publisher and his wife are locked in a bizarre divorce case that has morphed into something more: a journalism ethics saga. Joseph Soldwedel has accused wife Felice Soldwedel in a lawsuit of trying to kill him by poisoning him, and detailed the...

Arkansas LB Walker suspended; faces drugs, weapons charges

Dec. 13, 2018 3:05 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas linebacker Demetrius Walker has been suspended from the football program after being arrested on drug and weapon charges. Washington County booking records show the 21-year-old Walker was arrested for delivery of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver, simultaneous...

EU agency: Cocaine dealers' technology use complicates busts

Dec. 13, 2018 12:15 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union agency that monitors drug abuse says cocaine dealers are increasingly using social media and encrypted communications to do business, making it harder for authorities to crack down on the trade. The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction agency...

Indonesia arrests 5 foreigners in Bali for drug smuggling

Dec. 13, 2018 3:16 AM EST

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said some of the five foreigners who have been arrested for alleged drug smuggling on the tourist island of Bali since the end of November face the death penalty if convicted. Police paraded the citizens of Peru, Britain, China, Malaysia and Germany at a news...

Review: In 'The Mule,' Clint reflects on a life on the road

Dec. 12, 2018 6:25 PM EST

Both tender apologia and vigorous justification, Clint Eastwood's "The Mule" is a deeply, fascinatingly personal meditation from the 88-year-old director who, like his aged drug mule protagonist, has spent a long time on the road. "The Mule" is the indefatigable Eastwood's second film just this year, following...

New effort in Maryland to combat upsurge in fentanyl deaths

Dec. 12, 2018 3:58 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A new effort in Maryland to prosecute more fentanyl cases in federal court is designed to help combat an alarming increase of fatalities caused by the potent synthetic opioid that's fueling the deadliest overdose epidemic in U.S. history. Fentanyl — a synthetic opioid both cheap to...

6 charged in '11 killing of US bank executive in Puerto Rico

Dec. 12, 2018 1:08 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities announced Wednesday that they have solved the high-profile killing of a New Jersey banking executive slain more than seven years ago in a drive-by shooting on one of Puerto Rico's busiest highways. Suspected drug traffickers targeted Maurice Spagnoletti in...

Meth playing bigger role in US drug overdose crisis

Dec. 12, 2018 12:06 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported. The number of fatal overdoses involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. The percentage of...

Feds charge DEA agent with trafficking drugs, guns with gang

Dec. 11, 2018 7:03 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A former suburban Chicago police officer is accused of trafficking drugs and guns to a violent international street gang and then joining the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency so he could continue. Forty-one year old Fernando Gomez was arrested Tuesday in Chicago — the same day a...

Honduran lawmaker pleads guilty to drug charges in US

Dec. 11, 2018 3:14 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A former Honduran lawmaker who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking conspiracy and violence charges in a United States federal court faces at least 40 years in prison. Court records from the Southern District of New York show that Fredy Najera Montoya submitted a guilty plea Monday to two...