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Feds probing charges of sex abuse at Florida prison

Aug. 20, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into allegations of rape, assault, and the smuggling of drugs into a central Florida prison for women. The Miami Herald reports that about 100 former inmates and relatives of inmates at the Lowell Correctional Institution near Ocala, Florida, attended a...

Deputies: Dad, daughter arrested for dealing drugs to teens

Aug. 18, 2018 5:37 PM EDT

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — A man and his teenage daughter are in custody after Georgia deputies said the two were dealing drugs. News outlets report 51-year-old Daniel Williams and his 17-year-old daughter are being held without bond on numerous drug-related charges. It was unknown if either is represented by an...

Still using assumed name, man gets 20 years in drug case

Aug. 17, 2018 6:48 PM EDT

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A man whose true name remains a mystery has been sentenced to 20 years in prison by a suburban New Orleans judge for possessing roughly $600,000 worth of cocaine. The 35-year-old Gretna resident was convicted by a jury on July 10. A Friday news release from the Jefferson Parish District...

Ex-prosecutor who helped drug dealers for sex gets probation

Aug. 17, 2018 6:33 PM EDT

BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania district attorney who tipped off female drug dealers and gave them lenient treatment in exchange for sex has been sentenced to eight years of probation. WJAC-TV reports Bill Higgins repeatedly apologized for his actions during sentencing Friday in the Bedford...

Men suspected of being in violent MS-13 gang are indicted

Aug. 17, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal grand jury in California indicted 12 men suspected of being members of the violent MS-13 gang on charges that include murder, extortion, arson and drug trafficking, authorities said. The men indicted Thursday in San Jose lived in Santa Cruz — a sanctuary city —...

2 men sentenced for pot house blast that killed firefighter

Aug. 17, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two men who caused the death of a New York City fire chief in an explosion at an illegal indoor marijuana-growing operation two years ago were sentenced to prison on Friday for their guilty pleas to manslaughter and marijuana charges. Garivaldi Castillo, 33, and Julio Salcedo, 36, were...

Arrest made in more than 100 synthetic pot overdoses in park

Aug. 17, 2018 5:20 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with more than 100 synthetic-marijuana overdoses, many of them in the same New Haven park, after authorities say they caught him with 32 bags of the drug, police said Friday. Some of the victims identified John Parker, of New Haven,...

Synthetic pot seen as a public health danger

Aug. 17, 2018 4:27 PM EDT

A decade after first appearing in the United States, synthetic marijuana is seen as a growing health danger. Some marijuana smokers turned to it because it is relatively cheap and not detected in routine drug testing. Dozens of people in New Haven, Connecticut, went to the hospital this week after overdosing on a...

Police work to stop overdoses after 76 fall ill

Aug. 16, 2018 10:44 PM EDT

Police swarmed a Connecticut park near Yale University and searched people's homes for drugs Thursday in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a batch of synthetic marijuana blamed for sending more than 70 people to the hospital. Social workers and mental health professionals also responded to the New Haven...

Correction: Infant Drug-Overdose Death story

Aug. 16, 2018 7:47 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — In an Aug. 15 story about a St. Louis couple charged in the drug overdose of their daughter, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Robert Hasenfratz said that he had used heroin in the girl's room. What he said was that Samantha Poppleton had used heroin in the girl's room. A...