Latest Drug cartels News

Billings man gets 4 years prison in meth trafficking case

Jul. 21, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Montana man to four years in prison after the man admitted selling methamphetamine as part of a large drug trafficking ring. Steven Amundson, of Billings, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters after pleading guilty to possession...

Alleged drug ring leader's trial moved to SW Indiana

Jul. 20, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The federal trial of the alleged leader of a violent Indianapolis-based drug trafficking ring has been moved to southwestern Indiana after the man's first trial ended in a mistrial. Richard Grundy III and four co-defendants first stood trial July 8 in Indianapolis on federal drug...

Authorities crack down on Milwaukee drug ring; 15 charged

Jul. 16, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities in Milwaukee have cracked down on an alleged drug-trafficking ring. Law officers executed arrest and search warrants Tuesday at multiple locations in Milwaukee. The operation coincided with the unsealing of an indictment charging 15 defendants with conspiracy to distribute...

'This Side of Night' is suspenseful, thought-provoking

Jul. 15, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

"This Side of Night" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by J. Todd Scott In Texas' Big Bend country, Sheriff Chris Cherry, the protagonist of J. Todd Scott's previous two novels, may finally have run into more than he and his smattering of small-town peace officers can handle. War between Mexican cartels has broken out again...

Colombian man pleads guilty in US to leading fatal drug ring

Jul. 12, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Colombian national accused of managing an international fentanyl trafficking operation from a Canadian prison has pleaded guilty in federal court. Thirty-eight-year Daniel Vivas Ceron appeared Friday in North Dakota, where the case originated after an 18-year-old Grand Forks resident...

Man gets life in prison for distributing meth in Tennessee

Jul. 10, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Tennessee man has been sentenced to life in prison for distributing large amounts of methamphetamine. The U.S. attorney's office in Jackson, Tennessee, said in a news release Tuesday that 58-year-old Rolando Lopez and several other co-defendants trafficked...

2018 traffic stop leads to indictments of 18 on drug charges

Jul. 1, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A November 2018 traffic stop and the resulting discovery of 24 pounds (11 kilograms) of methamphetamine led to an extensive investigation that so far has netted $1 million worth of drugs, more than a dozen firearms and federal charges against 18 suspects, law enforcement officials said...

7 charged with drug trafficking in South Florida

Jun. 29, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities in Florida say they have arrested seven people who operated a large-scale prescription drug trafficking ring. A news release from the Florida Attorney General's Office says the group recruited patients to order prescription opioids using fake documents. The drugs were stored at an...

Man gets life sentence for killing 2 men over drug debt

Jun. 28, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A confessed hit man for a Mexican drug cartel has been sentenced to life in prison in Florida for killing two men over a drug debt. The Ocala Star-Banner reports that Marion County jurors decided to spare the life Thursday of 57-year-old Jose Manuel Martinez. He was convicted earlier...

Mexico apologizes for omission, complicity in 2011 massacre

Jun. 27, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Top officials apologized publicly Thursday for an infamous 2011 massacre in which drug cartel assassins aided by local police seized and killed dozens or perhaps hundreds of people in the northern town of Allende and disposed of their bodies. Interior Secretary Olga Sánchez Cordero,...