Latest Drug-related crime News

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...

Man sentenced to life in shooting death of 17-year-old girl

Jul. 16, 2018 3:17 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man has been sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison without possibility of parole in the death of a teenage girl shot on a Pittsburgh street in what authorities called a drug deal gone wrong. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that 20-year-old Douglas Lockett Jr. was sentenced...

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...

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...

Man sought in deaths of 3 in Illinois arrested in Wisconsin

Jul. 13, 2018 11:20 AM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a man charged in a shooting that left three men dead and a 4-year-old boy wounded at a central Illinois apartment complex has been arrested during a Wisconsin drug bust. Police in Bloomington, Illinois, say Milwaukee police took 25-year-old Sydney T. Mays Jr. into...

'It keeps us safe': An NYC bathroom set up to stem overdoses

Jul. 13, 2018 12:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At an unassuming storefront on a busy Brooklyn street, people sign up to use a bathroom outfitted to try to curb an overdose crisis. Waiting his turn, a man named Robert is frank about why he's there, instead of one of the stairwells, parks, rooftops or porches where he has used heroin in...

Federal prosecutors to focus on synthetic opioids

Jul. 12, 2018 6:03 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in eight states with high drug overdose death rates will pursue even seemingly small synthetic opioid cases under a program announced Thursday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions announced Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge in New Hampshire, which Republican...