Latest Smuggling News

UN renews ship inspections off Libya for smuggled migrants

Sep. 29, 2022 17:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to authorize for another year the inspection of vessels off the coast of Libya suspected of smuggling migrants or engaging in human trafficking from the North African nation. The resolution reaffirms the...

Members of extreme Jewish sect escape Mexican shelter

Sep. 29, 2022 14:58 PM EDT

HUIXTLA, Mexico (AP) — About 20 members of an extreme ultra-orthodox Jewish sect overpowered guards and escaped a government shelter in southern Mexico where they had been held since one of their leaders was arrested last Friday on organized crime and human trafficking allegations. ...

3 in Texas charged with trying to smuggle migrants by air

Sep. 28, 2022 16:05 PM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Three people have been arrested and accused of trying to transport smuggled migrants into the interior of the United States by air, bypassing Border Patrol checkpoints, according to court records. Court documents show that James Martinez, Luis Armando...

Greek police: Campus was 'staging ground' for crime gangs

Sep. 28, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A raid on a sprawling university campus complex in Athens led to the arrests of 32 people who are suspected of belonging to gangs that carried out armed robberies, drug trafficking and other offenses, police in Greece said Wednesday. The suspects are not...

DEA: Fake pills containing fentanyl helping drive OD deaths

Sep. 27, 2022 18:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An increasing number of fake prescription pills that contain potentially deadly fentanyl are helping drive overdose death rates to record levels in the U.S., including some now manufactured in rainbow colors designed to look like candy, federal officials said Tuesday. ...

Leader of extreme Jewish sect arrested in southern Mexico

Sep. 27, 2022 16:13 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities arrested a leader of an extremist ultra-orthodox Jewish sect in southern Mexico accused of organized crime and human trafficking, state and federal officials said Tuesday. Officials also said an unspecified number of women and children...

Police in Laos seize meth pills in one of biggest busts

Sep. 24, 2022 12:34 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Laos have made their third largest seizure ever of methamphetamine, confiscating a haul of 33 million tablets along with 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine, an official with the U.N. anti-crime agency said Saturday. The huge bust...

Syrian official says so far, 77 dead in migrant boat sinking

Sep. 23, 2022 16:05 PM EDT

ARIDA BORDER CROSSING, Lebanon (AP) — At least 77 people were killed when a boat carrying migrants from Lebanon sank off Syria this week, the country’s health minister said Friday, amid fears the death toll could be far higher. The incident was deadliest so far as a surging...

Spanish police seize 15 tons of Moroccan hashish, arrest 49

Sep. 23, 2022 05:19 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Civil Guard said Friday it seized 14 metric tons (15.4 tons) of hashish from Morocco and arrested 49 people as it smashed a major drug-smuggling ring. The gang was believed to be the biggest operating in Spain, regularly bringing up to 20 metric tons (19.7...

Spain arrests 32 allegedly linked to Italy's 'ndrangheta mob

Sep. 20, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain has arrested 32 members of an organized crime group linked to the Italian ’ndrangheta mafia for alleged ties to large-scale drug trafficking and money laundering, Europol said Tuesday. The criminal gang, whose members are described as very violent, is...