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'Cocaine cowboy' longtime fugitive gets 11 years' prison

Apr. 25, 2018 11:55 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A quarter century after he fled from the law, a man dubbed the last of Miami's "cocaine cowboys" has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for a drug trafficking conviction. A federal judge ordered the sentence Wednesday for 56-year-old Gustavo Falcon. He disappeared in 1991 when he was...

SC corrections officers charged with bribery, racketeering

Apr. 25, 2018 11:27 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than a dozen South Carolina corrections employees are facing federal charges related to bribery and bringing contraband into the state's institutions a week after a deadly prison riot, according to federal court documents obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday. The...

Spain: record cocaine shipment seized from banana container

Apr. 25, 2018 5:47 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Interior Ministry says police has found nearly 9 tons of cocaine concealed in a banana shipment from Colombia, a European record for drugs found inside a shipping container. Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido says six people have been arrested, four of them in Spain and two in the...

3 murdered Mexican film students caught in gang turf battle

Apr. 24, 2018 11:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Three vanished film students whose case had become emblematic of Mexico's 30,000 missing people were killed after being caught unaware in the midst of a drug gang turf battle, officials say. Prosecutors in the western state of Jalisco said late Monday the three were abducted by the...

Jury in Bill Cosby case to begin deliberating on Wednesday

Apr. 24, 2018 7:15 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual-assault retrial will begin deliberating Wednesday after a searing day of closing arguments in which the comedian was variously portrayed as a calculating predator who is finally being brought to justice, or the victim of a multimillion-dollar frame-up...

Alleged drug-ring leader brought from Colombia to US court

Apr. 24, 2018 5:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Rendon-Herrera, the alleged leader of a homicidal drug ring that imported tons of cocaine from Colombia into the U.S., was charged with leading a continuing criminal enterprise, authorities said. Colombia's most wanted drug lord, also known as "Don Mario," pleaded not guilty in...

Woman gets prison for using someone else's tainted urine

Apr. 24, 2018 11:13 AM EDT

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman might want to ask some questions if she tries to borrow someone's urine again to pass a drug test. WTOV-TV reports 24-year-old Kiana Wallace was sentenced to 18 months in prison Monday, in eastern Ohio's Belmont County, after submitting a borrowed urine sample...

Prosecutors mull retrial for Border Patrol agent

Apr. 24, 2018 2:08 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors are evaluating whether to pursue a retrial for a U.S. Border Patrol agent on manslaughter charges after an Arizona jury deadlocked on the lesser counts. A mistrial was declared Monday in the case of Agent Lonnie Swartz after Tucson jurors acquitted him of a second-degree murder...

Mistrial declared for border agent charged with killing teen

Apr. 24, 2018 12:33 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A mistrial was declared Monday in the case of a U.S. Border Patrol agent after an Arizona jury acquitted him of a second-degree murder charge in the killing of a teen from Mexico but deadlocked on lesser counts of manslaughter. The decision by U.S. District Judge Raner Collins means...

Official: Suspect in killing of Mexican journalist arrested

Apr. 23, 2018 11:47 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities arrested a suspect in the killing of internationally recognized journalist Javier Valdez on Monday night, Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete Prida said. Navarrete said via Twitter late in the evening that federal agents in a joint operation had just arrested the...