Latest Smuggling News

Prince Andrew denies claims of Epstein accuser in interview

Nov. 16, 2019 6:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prince Andrew offered a detailed rebuttal Saturday to claims he had sex with a woman who says she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, providing an alibi for one of the alleged encounters and questioning the authenticity of a well-known photograph that shows him posing with the woman. In a...

Authorities arrest 32, seize 79 guns in gang investigation

Nov. 15, 2019 12:39 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities investigating drug and gun trafficking in Massachusetts have arrested 32 people and seized nearly 80 firearms. The U.S. Attorney’s office, FBI and other agencies announced Friday the results of Operation Emerald Crush, a monthslong probe into gang activity in the Lawrence...

The Latest: European police break up migrant-smuggling ring

Nov. 14, 2019 8:19 AM EST

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on immigration to Europe (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The European Union law enforcement agency says police across the continent have concluded a two-year investigation into a “massive” criminal network that was using trucks to smuggle migrants into...

Arizona congressman’s tweets raise Epstein conspiracy theory

Nov. 13, 2019 6:45 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar appears to be signaling support for a conspiracy theory that Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. The Republican congressman sent 23 tweets Wednesday about the first public impeachment hearing examining President...

Cirque du Soleil founder held in Tahiti in marijuana case

Nov. 13, 2019 5:24 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The founder of world-renowned circus Cirque du Soleil has been detained in French Polynesia in a drug-trafficking investigation. A French police official told The Associated Press that Guy Laliberte is expected to appear before a judge Wednesday in the territory’s capital of Papeete, on...

Justice Dept. rolls out new program to combat gun violence

Nov. 13, 2019 2:18 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr announced a new initiative Wednesday that would better enforce the U.S. gun background check system, coordinate state and federal gun cases and ensure prosecutors quickly update databases to show when a defendant can’t possess a firearm because of...

Spain says ex-Venezuelan spy chief wanted by US is missing

Nov. 13, 2019 6:41 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police said Wednesday they have been unable to locate a Venezuelan former spymaster wanted by the United States for extradition on charges of drug trafficking. Police told The Associated Press that its officers have been unable to find Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal. News website El...

Woman who spoke at Epstein's bail hearing sues his estate

Nov. 12, 2019 5:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who confronted Jeffrey Epstein at a July bail hearing to tell a judge he touched her inappropriately when she was 16 sued his estate Tuesday, alleging he had subjected her to sex trafficking as part of his attacks on young women and girls. Lawyers for Annie Farmer filed the lawsuit...

Student aids human trafficking victims

Nov. 12, 2019 12:34 PM EST

LYNNFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Human trafficking is an uncomfortable topic to discuss at any age. But at 15, Jemima Robins isn't afraid to talk about it. The Lynnfield High School sophomore learned victims can be as young as 14, they are often runaways or homeless who are separated from their families, and a safe...

Spa owner faces trafficking, prostitution charges

Nov. 10, 2019 11:48 AM EST

TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts spa owner is facing sex trafficking charges. The Lowell Sun reports 34-year-old Xuedan Ou, of Tewksbury, was arrested Thursday following a nine-month investigation into sex trafficking and prostitution at the TCM Therapy Center. Assistant District Attorney Greg...