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3 N. Carolina prison officers resign after inmate overdose

Nov. 24, 2021 17:29 PM EST

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A state agency has initiated an investigation after an inmate at a North Carolina correctional institute died of a suspected overdose amid allegations that officers smuggled drugs into the facility. Authorities said Tabor Correctional...

Guard pleads guilty to sneaking drugs into Alaska prison

Nov. 23, 2021 19:08 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska correctional officer has pleaded guilty to charges she helped smuggle drugs and cell phones that had been dropped into her yard to a prison inmate convicted of two counts of murder, authorities said Tuesday. Angela Lincoln, 43, was...

Trucker arrested in record-breaking drug seizure at border

Nov. 22, 2021 18:29 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A trucker from Mexico was arrested after trying to smuggle record-breaking amounts of methamphetamine and fentanyl into the U.S., federal prosecutors said. More than 17,500 pounds (7,930 kilograms) of meth and 389 pounds (176 kilograms) of fentanyl...

Lawyer: Czech model freed in Pakistan following acquittal

Nov. 20, 2021 14:57 PM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Czech model sentenced in 2019 to eight years in prison on charges of attempting to smuggle heroin from Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates was released on Saturday from prison following her acquittal earlier this month, her lawyer said. Late...

Man gets probation for smuggling pot across US-Canada border

Nov. 20, 2021 11:12 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who authorities say participated in a scheme that illegally moved hundreds of pounds of marijuana from Canada into the U.S. by using snowmobiles to haul it across a frozen border lake has been sentenced to probation, federal prosecutors said. ...

California man gets prison for Bitcoin money laundering

Nov. 19, 2021 11:22 AM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man was sentenced to three years in federal prison for operating an unlicensed business that exchanged at least $13 million in Bitcoin and cash, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Hugo Mejia, 50, of the city of Ontario...

30 years in prison for defendant in drug conspiracy case

Nov. 18, 2021 12:40 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in a drug trafficking conspiracy case. Acting U.S. Attorney Dennis Holmes announced Thursday that Wicahpe “Chops” Milk was sentenced on charges of conspiracy to distribute a...

Mexico arrests wife of Jalisco New Generation cartel leader

Nov. 16, 2021 14:20 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers have captured the wife of the leader of the Jalisco New Generation cartel, authorities said Tuesday. In a joint statement, the Attorney General’s Office, Defense Department and National Intelligence Center said that Rosalinda...

Inmate escapes a federal prison satellite campus in Tucson

Nov. 14, 2021 11:04 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Federal authorities continue to search for an inmate who escaped a federal prison satellite campus in Tucson. U.S. Department of Justice officials say Ezequiel Solis Jr. was discovered missing around 4 p.m. Friday. He was housed...

Honduran president arrives in Taiwan in surprise state visit

Nov. 12, 2021 08:41 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Outgoing Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández started a three-day surprise visit to Taiwan on Friday as the self-ruled island, which is also claimed by China, worries that the next president of the Central American nation may break off relations and switch to...