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Meth playing bigger role in US drug overdose crisis

Dec. 12, 2018 12:06 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported. The number of fatal overdoses involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. The percentage of...

Feds charge DEA agent with trafficking drugs, guns with gang

Dec. 11, 2018 7:03 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A former suburban Chicago police officer is accused of trafficking drugs and guns to a violent international street gang and then joining the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency so he could continue. Forty-one year old Fernando Gomez was arrested Tuesday in Chicago — the same day a...

Honduran lawmaker pleads guilty to drug charges in US

Dec. 11, 2018 3:14 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A former Honduran lawmaker who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking conspiracy and violence charges in a United States federal court faces at least 40 years in prison. Court records from the Southern District of New York show that Fredy Najera Montoya submitted a guilty plea Monday to two...

Ex-Honduran congressman pleads guilty in drug case

Dec. 11, 2018 1:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Honduran congressman is set to be sentenced in April after he pleaded guilty to U.S. drug charges. Fredy Renan Najera Montoya pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiring to import cocaine and possess machine guns and destructive devices. Najera served in the National Congress of...

Rapper Ty Dolla $ign indicted on felony drug charges

Dec. 11, 2018 10:59 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Singer and rapper Ty Dolla $ign faces drug charges in Atlanta. Court records show a Fulton County grand jury indicted the 36-year-old musician on Nov. 30 on charges of felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of THC and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. The rapper's birth name is...

FBI: Brooklyn gang member charged in shooting of agent

Dec. 10, 2018 7:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities charged a New York man Monday in the shooting of an FBI agent over the weekend, calling the case an "unprovoked assault" by a member of a violent street gang. Ronell Watson, 31, of Brooklyn, was charged with attempted murder and using a firearm in connection with a crime...

Paul to the people: Tell McConnell to allow sentencing vote

Dec. 10, 2018 2:16 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Seeking to stir support for a federal criminal justice bill, Sen. Rand Paul on Monday called on voters in the hometown of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to prod him to hold a vote on the measure. Paul said during an appearance at the Louisville Urban League that the measure...

Correction: Death of a Young Mayor story

Dec. 10, 2018 1:28 PM EST

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. (AP) — In a story Dec. 9 about the fatal overdose of a young mayor and his friend, The Associated Press erroneously reported the number of drug overdose deaths in 2017. It was about 70,200, not more than 72,000, which represented an earlier government estimate. A corrected version of the...

Serbia court sentences drug lord to 15 years in prison

Dec. 10, 2018 7:57 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian court on Monday sentenced a Balkan drug lord to 15 years in prison for smuggling 5.7 tons of cocaine from South America to Europe. The Organized Crime court ruled that Darko Saric was guilty of leading a criminal organization that smuggled cocaine from Colombia, Argentina...

Bolivian police search for ex-drug lord who fled clinic

Dec. 8, 2018 8:30 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Jorge Roca Suarez, one of South America's leading drug traffickers in the 1980s who served 28 years in prison in the United States before returning to Bolivia earlier this year, has fled a medical clinic where he was receiving treatment, authorities said Saturday. Police said an...