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Egyptian arrested for smuggling narcotics in box of dates

Sep. 25, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Police at Cairo’s international airport arrested an Egyptian man returning from France on Friday with over 600 narcotic pills and two packs of marijuana stuffed into a carton of dates, according to airport authorities. Egyptian customs officials found 620 tablets of Tramadol, the...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2011, file photo, is a view looking up Taylor Street of the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco. San Francisco has sued 28 alleged drug dealers who frequent a downtown neighborhood where broad daylight drug dealing and drug use is common to stop the flow of drugs. City Attorney Dennis Herrera said Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, the suits are part of an effort to clean up the Tenderloin, which has seen the city's largest number of overdose deaths. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

San Francisco sues 28 alleged dealers to stop flow of drugs

Sep. 24, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco sued 28 alleged drug dealers who frequent a downtown neighborhood where drug dealing and drug use in broad daylight is common, in an effort to clean up the area that has seen the city's largest number of overdose deaths, authorities announced Thursday. San Francisco City...

2 Marines accused in drug overdose case of fellow Marine

Sep. 22, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two U.S. Marines were arrested Tuesday on a federal grand jury indictment that alleges the lance corporals were involved in selling drugs to Marines, including to a fellow Marine who died from an overdose. Lance Cpls. Anthony Ruben Whisenant and Ryan Douglas White were arrested at Marine...

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, announces a worldwide crackdown on opioid trafficking on the darknet with FBI Director Christopher Wray, center, and DEA Acting Administrator Timothy Shea, during a press conference at the Department of Justice, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 in Washington.  Law enforcement officials have arrested 179 people and seized more than $6.5 million. The operation announced Tuesday mainly occurred in the U.S. and in Europe. Rosen said the takedown showed “there will be no safe haven for drug dealing in cyberspace.” (Olivier Douliery/Pool via AP)

Justice Dept.: 179 arrested in darknet opioid takedown

Sep. 22, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement officials arrested 179 people and seized more than $6.5 million in a worldwide crackdown on opioid trafficking on the darknet, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. The operation, which mainly occurred in the U.S. and in Europe, comes more than a year after officials...

Justice Dept.: 179 people arrested, $6.5M seized in worldwide crackdown on opioid trafficking on darknet

Sep. 22, 2020 9:14 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Dept.: 179 people arrested, $6.5M seized in worldwide crackdown on opioid trafficking on darknet.

$5M in drugs seized during Delaware's largest fentanyl bust

Sep. 22, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Police and the FBI have confiscated more than $5 million worth of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl in what investigators called the largest fentanyl seizure in the state's history. The two-year investigation led to the arrests of more than two dozen suspects, including Luis...

Report finds 'abundant' supply of illicit drugs in EU

Sep. 22, 2020 5:29 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Illicit drugs are increasingly available in the European Union, where there is now “an abundant supply,” the bloc’s drug monitoring agency said in a report published Tuesday. The agency highlighted cocaine as a growing problem. Its purity in Europe is increasing...

FILE - This undated photo provided on Jan. 24, 2020 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows some of over 165 pounds (75 kilograms) of suspected methamphetamine seized after smugglers tried to float it across the border from Nogales, Mexico, by roping together dozens of packages and sending them through an underground drainage tunnel into Arizona, according to federal officials. The Mexican Defense Department announced on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, that seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl so far this year are 465% higher than in 2019, but progress against another big Mexican export to the U.S. market _ methamphetamines _ is slower.  (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP, File)

Mexico sees fentanyl seizures up 465%, denies making drug

Sep. 18, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl so far this year are 465% higher than in 2019, rising to almost 2,300 pounds (1,040 kilograms) from around 405 pounds ( 184 kilograms) last year, but progress against another big Mexican export to the U.S. market —...

First lady Melania Trump listens during a round table discussion at Concord Hospital, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

First lady promotes Trump's approach to opioid crisis in NH

Sep. 17, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — First lady Melania Trump used her first solo trip outside Washington since before the start of the coronavirus pandemic to showcase a piece of her “Be Best” youth well-being initiative on Thursday in a state her husband is hoping to win in November. The first lady toured...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rings the bell as he gives the annual independence shout from the balcony of the National Palace to kick off subdued Independence Day celebrations amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, at the Zocalo in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Instead of the throngs of supporters who pack the Zocalo in a typical year, this Independence Day the president faced an empty plaza as he gave the traditional

Mexico skirts U.S. criticism of anti-drug enforcement

Sep. 17, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday that Mexico will respond “softly, softly” and with “love and peace” to the finding by the U.S. government that his country needs to do more to stop drug trafficking. López Obrador said he did not...