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In this undated photo provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, excavation work continues at a site of an incomplete tunnel intended for smuggling, found stretching from Arizona to Mexico. (Courtesy of ICE via AP)

US: Border tunnel appears to be 'most sophisticated'

Aug. 7, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An incomplete tunnel found stretching from Mexico to Arizona appears to be “the most sophisticated tunnel in U.S. history," authorities said. The tunnel intended for smuggling ran from a neighborhood in San Luis Río Colorado, Mexico, to San Luis, Arizona, where it stopped short...

A security officer wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus stands outside the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. China announced on Friday that it had sentenced a Canadian to death on drug charges, the second day in a row Chinese courts handed down the death penalty to a Canadian citizen. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China sentences fourth Canadian to death on drug charges

Aug. 7, 2020 4:58 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has sentenced a fourth Canadian citizen to death on drug charges in less than two years following a sharp downturn in ties over the arrest of an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei. Ye Jianhui was sentenced Friday by the Foshan Municipal Intermediate Court in the southern province...

A woman wearing a face mask to help protect against the coronavirus walks past the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. China has sentenced a Canadian citizen to death on charges of manufacturing the drug ketamine amid heightened tension between the two countries. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China sentences 3rd Canadian to death on drug charges

Aug. 6, 2020 5:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has sentenced a third Canadian citizen to death on drug charges amid a steep decline in relations between the two countries. The Guangzhou Municipal Intermediate Court announced Xu Weihong’s penalty on Thursday and said an alleged accomplice, Wen Guanxiong, had been given a life...

US charges ex-Guatemala economy chief with money laundering

Aug. 5, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — United States prosecutors charged a former Guatemala economy minister Wednesday in a purported money laundering conspiracy that allegedly took drug proceeds and converted them into bribes for corrupt politicians. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida alleges...

FILE- In this Oct. 8, 2010 file photo, Mexico's Secretary of Public Safety Genaro Garcia Luna attends a press conference on the sidelines of an American Police Community meeting in Mexico City. Garcia Luna, who is in custody and facing drug trafficking charges in New York, has been charged in a superseding indictment on Thursday, July 30, 2020, with continuing criminal enterprise. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico purges security agencies of those tied to ex-chief

Aug. 4, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Top directors in Mexico’s National Guard and elsewhere in the state security apparatus have been purged due to their ties with a former security secretary now held on drug trafficking charges in the United States. Current Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said Tuesday that two...

Albanian businessman’s assets seized, drug links suspected

Aug. 3, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian prosecutors on Monday said they had seized vast assets belonging to a businessman and a media mogul suspected of building his empire with profits from drug trafficking. The Special Prosecutor’s Office against Corruption and Organized Crime, known as SPAK by acronym in...

Man indicted for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into jail

Jul. 31, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — A man released from a Massachusetts jail after testing positive for the coronavirus has been indicted for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs back inside the facility, authorities said. Eric Jalbert, 31, was indicted by an Essex County grand jury for allegedly attempting to smuggle...

FILE- In this Jan 3, 2020 file courtroom sketch, defense attorney Cesar de Castro, left, Mexico's former top security official, Genaro Garcia Luna, center, and a court interpreter, appear for an arraignment hearing in Brooklyn federal court in New York. Garcia Luna pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted a fortune in drug-money bribes from kingpin Joaquin

Ex high-ranking Mexican officers charged in drug scheme

Jul. 30, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two former high-ranking Mexican law enforcement officials have been accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes to protect Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s notorious Sinaloa cartel, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Luis Cardenas Palomino and Ramon Pequeno Garcia...

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)

Spain: American gets 7 years in prison for drug smuggling

Jul. 30, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Thursday found a 77-year-old American man guilty of drug smuggling and sentenced him to seven years in prison, rejecting his defense that he was duped. Victor Stemberger had told the Madrid provincial court he didn’t know cocaine was hidden in the jackets he carried...

Iran detains 2 Swedish nationals over drug smuggling

Jul. 28, 2020 7:25 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran detained two Swedish nationals over drug smuggling, the website of the country's judiciary reported on Tuesday. The spokesman for the judiciary, Gholamhossein Esmaili, was quoted by the Mizan news agency as saying the case is under investigation and that Iran has informed the...