Latest Illegal drug use News

37 charged in Puerto Rico to Wisconsin drug smuggling case

Jan. 16, 2020 4:32 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged 37 people accused of sending cocaine and other drugs from Puerto Rico to Wisconsin and elsewhere in the country using the U.S. Postal Service, authorities said Thursday. The United States Attorney's Office in Eastern Wisconsin said the drugs were sold in...

Friend of Dayton gunman released to house arrest

Dec. 27, 2019 2:58 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A friend of a gunman who killed nine people in a rampage in Dayton has been released to house arrest. U.S. District Judge Thomas Rose ordered electronic monitoring for Ethan Kollie, 24. Kollie was released from jail Monday after being held since early August. He faces sentencing Feb. 20...

In this Jan. 27, 2016 photo, 39.6-grams of black tar heroin, with a street value of about $12,000, is among many other heroin-related items in Post Falls Police Department's evidence room in Post Falls, Idaho. In California, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency said, seven people have died in the last two months from the bacterial infection myonecrosis, which is associated with black tar heroin use. (Shawn Gust/Coeur D'Alene Press via AP, File)

Flesh-eating bacteria linked to heroin kills 7 in California

Dec. 5, 2019 10:04 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 the San Diego area, prompting health authorities to alert law enforcement and other officials in California. Nine people who injected black tar heroin between Oct. 2...

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...

Spain working to refloat submarine thought to hold cocaine

Nov. 25, 2019 11:21 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police were studying Monday how to refloat a submarine believed to be carrying tons of cocaine, which if confirmed would make it the first time such a vessel has been found to be used in drug trafficking in the country. The submarine was intercepted Sunday in an inlet in the...

Police warn of “Power” heroin after 9 overdoses in 16 hours

Nov. 24, 2019 3:08 PM EST

HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) — Police in one Massachusetts community have issued a warning about a particular kind of heroin after responding to nine overdoses in 16 hours. Holyoke police said Saturday that they believe each of the people who overdosed on Friday had used heroin packaged in bags stamped with the...

This undated file booking photo provided by the Montgomery County Sheriff shows Ethan Kollie. Court documents show Kollie will be in court Nov. 20, 2019 to make his guilty plea. He is accused of lying on a federal firearms form and possessing a gun while illegally using drugs. (Montgomery County Sheriff via AP)

Dayton gunman’s friend pleads guilty to firearms counts

Nov. 20, 2019 4:33 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A friend of a gunman who killed nine people in a rampage in Dayton has pleaded guilty to two firearms charges unrelated to the deadly mass shooting. Twenty-four-year-old Ethan Kollie pleaded Wednesday to lying on a federal firearms form and possessing a gun while using illegal drugs....