Latest Smuggling News

The Latest: European police break up migrant-smuggling ring

Nov. 14, 2019 8:19 AM EST

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on immigration to Europe (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The European Union law enforcement agency says police across the continent have concluded a two-year investigation into a “massive” criminal network that was using trucks to smuggle migrants into...

Arizona congressman’s tweets raise Epstein conspiracy theory

Nov. 13, 2019 6:45 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar appears to be signaling support for a conspiracy theory that Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. The Republican congressman sent 23 tweets Wednesday about the first public impeachment hearing examining President...

Cirque du Soleil founder held in Tahiti in marijuana case

Nov. 13, 2019 5:24 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The founder of world-renowned circus Cirque du Soleil has been detained in French Polynesia in a drug-trafficking investigation. A French police official told The Associated Press that Guy Laliberte is expected to appear before a judge Wednesday in the territory’s capital of Papeete, on...

Justice Dept. rolls out new program to combat gun violence

Nov. 13, 2019 2:18 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr announced a new initiative Wednesday that would better enforce the U.S. gun background check system, coordinate state and federal gun cases and ensure prosecutors quickly update databases to show when a defendant can’t possess a firearm because of...

Spain says ex-Venezuelan spy chief wanted by US is missing

Nov. 13, 2019 6:41 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police said Wednesday they have been unable to locate a Venezuelan former spymaster wanted by the United States for extradition on charges of drug trafficking. Police told The Associated Press that its officers have been unable to find Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal. News website El...

Woman who spoke at Epstein's bail hearing sues his estate

Nov. 12, 2019 5:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who confronted Jeffrey Epstein at a July bail hearing to tell a judge he touched her inappropriately when she was 16 sued his estate Tuesday, alleging he had subjected her to sex trafficking as part of his attacks on young women and girls. Lawyers for Annie Farmer filed the lawsuit...

Correction: Bondi-Conflicts story

Nov. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 8 about Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general, stepping down from a lobbying firm as she prepares to defend President Donald Trump in an impeachment investigation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bondi lobbied for a Kuwaiti company with a U.S. defense...

Spain court grants US extradition of Venezuela's ex-spy boss

Nov. 8, 2019 3:55 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — After a surprising court reversal on Friday, a former Venezuelan spymaster accused of attempting to "flood" the United States with drugs is one step closer to being extradited from Spain, The Associated Press has learned. The fate of Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who was for over a decade the eyes...

The Latest: 60K unaccompanied minors in Italy are now adults

Nov. 8, 2019 11:21 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 5:15 p.m. United Nations agencies say some 60,000 migrants who reached Italy in recent years as unaccompanied minors are now 18 or older and need continued support as they transit to adulthood. The agencies presented...

China hands Japanese politician life in prison in drug case

Nov. 8, 2019 4:50 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A court in southern China sentenced an elderly former Japanese politician to life in prison Friday for smuggling drugs in shoes packed inside a suitcase he was trying to take to his home country. A man from Mali was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve and a Guinean received a life...