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Rio de Janeiro police move to regain control of some favelas

Jan. 19, 2022 14:03 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Some 1,200 police officers were deployed to Rio de Janeiro’s working-class Jacarezinho neighborhood and its surroundings early Wednesday, marking the start of a state effort seeking to “reclaim territory,” authorities said. It remains unclear how the program will...

Police: Nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana found in camper

Jan. 19, 2022 08:03 AM EST

LEEDS, Ala. (AP) — Two California men were jailed in Alabama after police said they found almost 1,000 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $3 million hidden in a camper just off Interstate 20. An officer saw a camper running off the road while exiting the highway Tuesday morning,...

Pardoned Kentucky killer sentenced to 42 years in prison

Jan. 18, 2022 20:31 PM EST

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A man pardoned by Kentucky’s former governor for a 2014 drug robbery killing will return to prison to serve a 42-year federal sentence for the same crime. Patrick Baker was convicted of murder committed during a drug trafficking crime last year in a federal...

In ad, Senate hopeful smokes pot, slams arrest disparities

Jan. 18, 2022 18:18 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A political newcomer in Louisiana whose adept use of social media drew notice when he finished strong in a U.S. House race last year has posted an online video ad certain to draw more attention and, perhaps, campaign donations — it shows him smoking marijuana while decrying...

Officials vow action after 13-year-old overdoses at school

Jan. 18, 2022 17:13 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials pledged to take action Tuesday in response to the overdose death of a seventh grader at a Hartford school, and urged parents to talk to their children about the dangers of illegal drugs. Democratic state Rep. Liz Linehan, of Cheshire,...

Review: Officers didn't violate policy in traffic stop

Jan. 17, 2022 18:33 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a standards review has concluded that two Dayton officers did not violate departmental policy when they pulled a driver who said he was disabled from his car during a drug-related traffic stop last fall. The Dayton Daily News reports that the...

Spanish police bust large heroin ring, arrest 10 in raids

Jan. 16, 2022 10:01 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish police have arrested the leading smuggler of heroin into the European country in a bust that took a total of 10 people into custody and confiscated 55 kilograms of the drug, police said on Sunday. Police said that the ring based in the central...

Former NFL player Siavii found dead in Kansas federal prison

Jan. 14, 2022 22:39 PM EST

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle was found dead in a Kansas federal prison where he was being held on charges of illegal firearms possession, a prison official said. Saousoalii Siavii Jr., 43, was found unresponsive at the U.S. Penitentiary in...

Ex-Mexican prosecutor so corrupt he betrayed drug cartel

Jan. 14, 2022 18:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A former Mexican state prosecutor was so corrupt even the crooks who paid him off couldn’t trust him, according to a report released this week by the Mexican government’s Interior Department. The department's National Search Commission issued the report as...

Sheriff: 2 arrested after fire at California drug lab

Jan. 13, 2022 22:12 PM EST

ADELANTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities arrested two people in connection with a large fire at an illegal Southern California drug lab, officials said Thursday. The blaze was reported around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at a commercial building in the city of Adelanto, about 85 miles (137...