Latest Drug-related crime News

Law enforcement operation targets narcotics in N. Carolina

Oct. 16, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A law enforcement operation targeting narcotics in eastern North Carolina has led to prison terms for two men, officials said in a news release. In June, William Roger Swain, Jr. 37, of New Bern, pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the...

North Carolina man sentenced to 16 years for firearms crimes

Oct. 16, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing firearms as a convicted felon has been sentenced to 16 years in prison, a federal prosecutor says. Michael Hucks pleaded guilty to the charges in June, according to G. Norman Acker,...

1st Black cannabis entrepreneurs expo coming to New Orleans

Oct. 16, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Peter Labat and his wife Venia are a bit bemused, but also excited, to be among a group of around 2,000 budding marijuana entrepreneurs slated to participate in the first ever Black CannaCon in late November at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. ...

Man pleads guilty to fatal shooting in drug dispute

Oct. 15, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting another man for interfering in his drug business. Corey Small, 43, of St. Petersburg, pleaded guilty Thursday in Tampa federal court to murder, as well as several gun and drug charges, according to...

Sheriff: Teacher had marijuana edibles in student prize box

Oct. 15, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An elementary school teacher in South Carolina surrendered to authorities Friday after being accused of having marijuana edibles in a student prize box in her classroom. The 27-year-old teacher from Lexington, South Carolina, was behing held on a...

Bloomington man gets life in prison for 2018 triple homicide

Oct. 15, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A judge sentenced a central Illinois man to life in prison Friday on three counts of murder and other charges in a 2018 triple slaying to steal money and drugs. Prosecutors said Sydney Mays Jr., 25, of Bloomington fatally shot Nate Pena and...

Alleged leader of drug trafficking ring pleads not guilty

Oct. 15, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A Longview, Washington man has pleaded not guilty to charges of leading and profiting from organized crime. Efrein Velarde Pelayo, 33, is accused of sending a runner to sell heroin and methamphetamines to a police informant last winter. The Daily...

City closing homeless encampment after drug raid, threats

Oct. 15, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city of Burlington is closing a homeless encampment in the south end after police searched it looking for illegal drugs and after first responders had what turned out to be a replica pellet gun pointed at them. In a statement issued Thursday,...

Pagans motorcycle leader sentenced for illegally having gun

Oct. 14, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New York man characterized as a leader of the Pagans motorcycle gang was sentenced to 33 months, or more than two and a half years, in prison on Thursday for illegal gun possession. The U.S. attorney's office in Newark described Keith Richter, 62,...

Murdaugh charged with taking insurance money in maid's death

Oct. 14, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A prominent South Carolina lawyer has been charged with stealing insurance settlements meant for the sons of his late housekeeper that a lawsuit said total more than $4 million, state police said Thursday. Alex Murdaugh was arrested at a drug rehab...