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FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks at a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela. The Trump administration will announce Thursday, March 26, 2020, indictments against Maduro and members of his inner circle for effectively converting Venezuela's state into a criminal enterprise at the service of drug traffickers and terrorist groups, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

A defiant Maduro threatens 'cowboy' Trump after drug charge

Mar. 27, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro stood defiant in the face of a $15 million bounty by the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges, calling Donald Trump a “racist cowboy” and warning that he is ready to fight by whatever means necessary should the U.S. and neighboring...

FILE - In this May 24, 2018 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, walks with his Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez as they review the troops during a military parade at Fort Tiuna in Caracas, Venezuela. On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the U.S. Justice Department made public it has charged in several indictments against Maduro and his inner circle, including Padrino, that the leader has effectively converted Venezuela into a criminal enterprise at the service of drug traffickers and terrorist groups as he and his allies stole billions from the South American country. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

US indicts Venezuela's Maduro on narcoterrorism charges

Mar. 26, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Nicolás Maduro effectively converted Venezuela into a criminal enterprise at the service of drug traffickers and terrorist groups as he and his allies stole billions from the South American country, the Justice Department charged in several indictments made public Thursday against the...

A woman walks past a methadone treatment center in Estonia's capital Tallinn on Friday, June 28, 2019. The tiny Baltic state has battled nearly two decades a fentanyl epidemic so severe its overdose death rate was almost six times the European average. Although police won the war on fentanyl the market shifted further towards synthetic drugs. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

Estonia won its war on fentanyl, then things got worse

Mar. 26, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Igor Smirnov was introduced to opiates the day his first son was born, when he got celebratory drunk and a neighbor injected him with an intoxicating extract of opium poppies. “I’ve never tried anything better in my life,” he said. “It’s natural,...

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Review: `Kilo' paints a harrowing picture of cocaine trade

Mar. 25, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

“Kilo: Inside the Deadliest Cocaine Cartels – From the Jungles to the Streets,” William Morrow/Harper Collins, by Toby Muse Recreational and party drug use in America rarely is portrayed as the terminus of a chain of pollution, human trafficking and murder. A kilo refers to the standard brick...

Georgia troopers stop car for window violation, find heroin

Mar. 24, 2020 7:18 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia State Patrol said troopers pulled over a Texas man for a window tint violation and found 15 pounds of heroin stashed next to his car's battery. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported state troopers arrested Jose Enrique Reynaga on March 15th on a felony heroin...

This combination of 2019 and 2002 file photos shows Michael Cohen, left, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, outside his apartment building in New York and drug kingpin Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela leaving the Combita maximum security prison in Tunja, Colombia before extradition to the United States in 2004. Amid the COVID-19 coronavirus threat, they are among the prisoners making pleas for compassionate release or home detention. (AP Photo/Jonathan Carroll, Javier Galeano)

Get out of jail? Inmates fearful of virus argue for release

Mar. 18, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus has become a “get out of jail" card for hundreds of low-level inmates across the country, and even hard-timers are seeking their freedom with the argument that it's not a matter of if but when the deadly illness sweeps through tightly packed populations behind bars. ...

A snapshot of Mexico's cartel landscape amid rising violence

Mar. 18, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Another year, another homicide total unseen before in Mexico’s modern history as the country struggles to check rising violence. Cartels and other criminal groups that hold sway over large swaths of territory are blamed for much of it, warring with each other and preying on local...

In this Feb. 12, 2020 photo, police stand guard behind a parapet of sandbags, at the entrance to Santa Rosa de Lima, birthplace of a local cartel that goes by the same name, in Guanajuato state, Mexico. Mexico's fastest-rising cartel, the Jalisco New Generation gang, has a reputation for ruthlessness and violence unlike any since the fall of the old Zetas cartel. In places like Guanajuato state it is fighting medieval-style battles for control of the state. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

In Mexico, a cartel is taking over: Jalisco New Generation

Mar. 18, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s fastest-rising cartel, the Jalisco New Generation gang, has a reputation for ruthlessness and violence unlike any since the fall of the old Zetas cartel. In parts of the country it is fighting medieval-style battles, complete with fortified redoubts, to expand nationwide,...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018 file photo, Andrew Gillum the Democrat candidate for governor speaks at a news conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Gillum is named in a police report Friday, March 13, 2020  saying he was “inebriated

Ex-governor's candidate in Florida says he's entering rehab

Mar. 15, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida candidate for governor Andrew Gillum disclosed Sunday that he is entering a rehabilitation facility, saying he had fallen into a depression and alcohol abuse after losing his bid for the state's highest post. The Democrat's statement came days after Gillum was named...

DEA agents search a residential house during an arrest of a suspected drug trafficker on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in Diamond Bar, Calif. In early-morning raids Wednesday, federal agents fanned out across the U.S., culminating a six-month investigation with the primary goal of dismantling the upper echelon of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, known as CJNG. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

AP Exclusive: Inside massive DEA raid targeting drug cartel

Mar. 14, 2020 2:51 AM EDT

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — In the darkness, the team suits up quietly, putting on their helmets and tactical gear. Federal agents lug battering rams, bolt cutters and heavy weaponry by foot up a hill on a residential California street that's softly aglow from street lamps. Then the agents turn onto the walkway...