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Former police chief arrested on drug charge in S Carolina

Jul. 18, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former police chief of one of South Carolina's largest cities faces a drug charge after authorities found a fugitive in his home. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says deputies found methamphetamine in former Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott's bedroom Tuesday as they arrested a...

US announces drug charges against Honduran congressman

Jul. 17, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities in New York filed charges against a Honduran congressman accused of being a member of a violent drug trafficking organization responsible for shipping loads of cocaine into the United States. Midence Oqueli Martinez Turcios helped the Cachiros drug gang import hundreds...

3 arrested with loaded firearms and drugs

Jul. 16, 2018 4:51 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Two men and a juvenile male have been arrested in western Massachusetts in connection to the seizure of unlawful firearms. MassLive.com reports the three were arrested following a report of shots fired in Springfield on Saturday night. Twenty-seven-year-old Calvin Scott and...

Mother accused of killing baby with drug-laced breast milk

Jul. 16, 2018 2:03 PM EDT

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A 30-year-old woman with a painkiller addiction has been accused of killing her 11-week-old son with a lethal mix of drugs in her breast milk. Samantha Jones was charged Friday with criminal homicide in the April 2 death of her baby. An autopsy found the baby died from a combination...

Review: Ace Atkins' 'The Sinners' is action-packed

Jul. 16, 2018 8:19 AM EDT

"The Sinners: A Quinn Colson Novel" (Putnam), by Ace Atkins Mississippi's rural Tibbehah County — the evocative setting for Ace Atkins' superior series about Quinn Colson, a former Army Ranger turned sheriff — is the crossroads of all things good and evil. Here, ordinary people too often intersect...

2 admit to manslaughter in NYC house blast; firefighter died

Jul. 15, 2018 12:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two men have pleaded guilty to manslaughter in an explosion at a marijuana grow house that killed a New York City fire battalion chief, prosecutors said. "This is an extremely rare instance where someone is being held criminally responsible for conditions that caused the death of a...

Mexican drug cartel leader set for federal trial

Jul. 15, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

WACO, Texas (AP) — A 38-year-old man authorities describe as a former leader of the Zetas drug cartel in Mexico is scheduled for a federal court trial starting Monday in Waco on charges of conspiracy to traffic drugs inland through South Texas, conspiracy to possess firearms and laundering millions of...

Alleged fentanyl trafficker charged with death

Jul. 14, 2018 3:00 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A man previously indicted for allegedly running a fentanyl trafficking ring in Massachusetts is being charged with a drug user's death. Prosecutors say on Friday that 28-year-old Sergio Martinez is facing charges in Concord, New Hampshire that include aiding and abetting a distribution of...

Marijuana regulator says prosecutor's guidance adds clarity

Jul. 14, 2018 10:14 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' top marijuana regulator says U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling's most recent guidance on federal enforcement of marijuana laws should provide some "clarity" at a crucial time when the state is nearing the start of retail sales. Cannabis Control Commission chairman Steven Hoffman is...

Rights group questions DEA exploit of encrypted cellphones

Jul. 13, 2018 7:27 PM EDT

In the first known case of its kind, U.S. drug agents supplied unwitting cocaine-trafficking suspects in California with smartphones they thought were encrypted but had been rigged to allow eavesdropping, Human Rights Watch reported Friday. The advocacy group said it feared the technique could be abused to...