Latest Drug trafficking News

Drug bust yields 1,700 pounds of marijuana worth $15M

Dec. 3, 2020 5:21 PM EST

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut police arrested two men and seized an estimated $15 million in marijuana after discovering a storage facility was being used illegally as a hub for pot distribution in the Northeast, authorities said Thursday. West Haven police said local officers and agents with the...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020, file photo, McGregor Scott, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, answers questions at a news conference in Sacramento Calif. U.S. Attorney Scott said on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 that Samuel Keeton, 41, of Menifee, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise and to conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Man with Aryan Brotherhood ties pleads guilty in drug case

Dec. 1, 2020 12:25 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man affiliated with the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood prison gang pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to distribute heroin and methamphetamine inside and outside California's prisons, federal officials announced. Samuel Keeton, 41, of Menifee, pleaded guilty to conspiracy...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2009 file photo, Mexico's Federal Secretary of Public Safety, Genaro Garcia Luna speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Mexico City. Mexico's former public security secretary pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, to new drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District Court of New York. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

Mexico charges ex-security chief who faces trial in US

Nov. 29, 2020 3:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials said Sunday they want to prosecute former security chief Genaro Gará Luna in his own country, despite the fact he faces trial in the U.S. for allegedly protecting a drug gang. The action follows a U.S. decision to drop charges against another former top Mexican...

German far-right party member charged with drug smuggling

Nov. 26, 2020 9:31 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A former regional official with the far-right Alternative for Germany party has been charged on allegations he was involved in smuggling 36 kilograms (almost 80 pounds) of cocaine into a northern port, authorities said Thursday. Marcus Hoffmann, 46, faces charges of drug trafficking and...

15 reputed mobsters in Philly, south Jersey face charges

Nov. 23, 2020 12:22 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fifteen alleged members and associates of the south Philadelphia and southern New Jersey organized crime family face federal racketeering and related charges. According to a superseding indictment unsealed Monday, the defendants engaged in racketeering conspiracy, illegal gambling,...

Alleged Sinaloa Cartel member extradited to US from Italy

Nov. 20, 2020 4:40 PM EST

New York (AP) — A former Mexican federal police officer accused of trafficking drugs for the Sinaloa Cartel was extradited this week to the U.S. from Italy, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday night. Ramón Santoyo-Cristobal, also known as “Dr. Wagner,” faces charges of...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, left, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, salute during the annual Independence Day military parade in Mexico City's main square. U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, formally dropped a drug trafficking and money laundering case against Gen. Cienfuegos, a decision that came after Mexico threatened to cut off cooperation with U.S. authorities unless the general was sent home. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico says it wants its ex-officials tried in Mexico

Nov. 19, 2020 5:05 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's foreign secretary said Thursday the country no longer wants officials accused of corruption to be put on trial in the United States, a move that could scale back a tradition that saw most of Mexico’s corruption cases tried north of the border. However, a spokesman for...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, left, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, salute during the annual Independence Day military parade in Mexico City's main square. U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, formally dropped a drug trafficking and money laundering case against Gen. Cienfuegos, a decision that came after Mexico threatened to cut off cooperation with U.S. authorities unless the general was sent home. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

US drops case against ex-Mexican general after pressure

Nov. 18, 2020 9:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Wednesday dropped a high-profile drug trafficking and money laundering case against a former Mexican defense secretary, an extraordinary reversal that followed an intense pressure campaign from Mexico. The full scope of Mexico’s pressure was not clear and...

US judge approves request to drop drug trafficking charges against Mexico's former defense secretary

Nov. 18, 2020 10:58 AM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — US judge approves request to drop drug trafficking charges against Mexico's former defense secretary.
FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, left, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, salute during the annual Independence Day military parade in Mexico City's main square. The U.S. Justice Department is dropping its drug trafficking and money laundering against former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

US dropping case against former Mexican defense secretary

Nov. 17, 2020 8:06 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is dropping its drug trafficking and money laundering case against former Mexican Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos, Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday. Barr said the department would drop its case so Cienfuegos “may be investigated and, if...