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Montenegro arrests alleged criminal gang boss

Apr. 21, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro’s police have arrested an alleged boss of a criminal gang which has spread fear and bloodshed in the Balkans and across Europe, officials said Wednesday. Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic hailed the arrest of Slobodan...

Ex-inmate admits role in federal prison smuggling scheme

Apr. 20, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former inmate at a federal prison in New Jersey has admitted his role in a scheme to use drones to smuggle drugs and other contraband to inmates into the facility, authorities said Tuesday. Jason “Juice” Arteaga-Loayza, 30, of Jersey City,...

Ex-North Carolina police chief accused of stealing evidence

Apr. 20, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

CHADBOURN, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina police chief who resigned nearly two weeks ago amid an investigation into missing evidence is accused of taking a variety of narcotics, thousands of dollars in cash and firearms from the evidence locker, authorities said. ...

Spain dismantles Chinese gang selling cannabis across Europe

Apr. 20, 2021 07:30 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police in Spain said Tuesday they have dismantled one of the largest criminal gangs growing cannabis in the country and trafficking it across Europe. At least 65 people, most of them Chinese nationals, were arrested in several Spanish cities,...

Driver jailed for 22 years for killing 4 Australian police

Apr. 13, 2021 23:30 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A truck driver was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Wednesday for hitting and killing four police officers on an Australian freeway. Mohinder Singh was drug-effected and sleep-deprived when his truck veered into an emergency stopping lane...

Alamogordo man loses high court appeal of murder conviction

Apr. 12, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An Alamogordo man serving life in prison for murder and other crimes has lost an appeal. The New Mexico Supreme Court upheld the convictions Monday of Robert “Bob” Chavez in the 2011 killing of a man whose body was later burned. ...

195 arrested in vast international human trafficking sweep

Apr. 09, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Interpol says police in Africa and Europe arrested 195 people and rescued nearly 500 victims of human trafficking in a vast crackdown on criminal networks led by the France-based international law enforcement agency. Interpol said in a statement Friday...

Howard Weitzman, lawyer for Jackson, Bieber, DeLorean, dies

Apr. 08, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Howard Weitzman, an attorney whose clients included Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, and auto maker John DeLorean, has died. He was 81. Weitzman died Wednesday in the Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles after a brief illness, his wife, Margaret...

North Macedonia crime ring sold passports to criminals

Apr. 07, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Nine officials in North Macedonia's interior ministry were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of illegally issuing passports to overseas criminals. Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski told reporters the suspects worked in the ministry’s...

Man sought in 2018 quadruple homicide arrested

Apr. 07, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — Federal authorities have announced the arrest in Florida of a fugitive wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of four men in an eastern Pennsylvania row house more than three years ago. FBI Tampa SWAT personnel took 31-year-old Pedro...