Latest Drug-related crime News

Data show many companies contributed to US opioid crisis

Jul. 17, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of OxyContin has been cast as the chief villain in the nation's opioid crisis. But newly released government figures suggest Purdue Pharma had plenty of help in flooding the U.S. with billions of pills even as overdose deaths were accelerating. Records kept by the federal Drug...

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Jul. 17, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mexican drug kingpin and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was sentenced Wednesday to life behind bars in a U.S. prison, expressing no remorse over his conviction for a massive drug conspiracy that spread murder and mayhem for more than two decades. Instead, a defiant Guzman took a...

Mail carrier convicted in scheme to deliver pot packages

Jul. 17, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A postal service worker has been convicted of intercepting packages of marijuana and delivering them to a drug dealer in return for cash payments. Federal prosecutors say Fred Rivers was convicted Tuesday on a conspiracy count but acquitted of taking bribes. The 47-year-old Newark man...

The Latest: Lawyer says El Chapo disappointed with trial

Jul. 17, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. (all times local): 10:50 a.m. A defense attorney says the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo is frustrated with the outcome of his U.S. trial. Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman told reporters Wednesday that Joaquin Guzman is...

The Latest: Lawyer says El Chapo disappointed with trial

Jul. 17, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. (all times local): 10:50 a.m. A defense attorney says the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo is frustrated with the outcome of his U.S. trial. Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman told reporters Wednesday that Joaquin Guzman is...

Weed laced snacks seized at dispensary party in Mississippi

Jul. 17, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Police in Mississippi say they've confiscated several baggies filled with marijuana-infused snacks at a "dispensary party." News outlets reports Jackson police arrested five people for possession of ecstasy and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Spokesman Sam Brown...

Woman pleads no contest in death of toddler found in toilet

Jul. 17, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman has pleaded no contest to charges in the death of her 1-year-old daughter who was found unresponsive lying in a toilet bowl. The Roanoke Times reports 30-year-old Tabitha Danielle Amos entered the plea Tuesday to charges including child cruelty with injury and...

Arizona authorities say caller found with drugs arrested

Jul. 17, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

CORDES JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in Arizona say they have arrested a 31-year-old woman on suspicion of possessing dangerous drugs after she called to report her suspicion someone had bugged her car. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday the arrest of Cheyenne Pechacek was made Sunday...

Rio governor: rising police killings 'normal,' will continue

Jul. 16, 2019 10:17 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amid a soaring number of police killings in Rio de Janeiro, the state's tough-talking governor said Tuesday that it was "normal" for the rate to increase and will likely keep rising during his administration. Gov. Wilson Witzel said the high number of killings by police in the state...

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...