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Albuquerque man gets life prison term for heroin trafficking

Jan. 23, 2020 3:16 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man convicted of distributing heroin that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old addict in 2011 has been sentenced to life in federal prison. Prosecutors say 36-year-old Raymond Moya was sentenced Thursday after being found guilty in May 2019 on two heroin...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2011 file photo, Jhon Viafara of Colombia's Junior de Barranquilla celebrates after scoring against Brazil's Gremio during a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Barranquilla, Colombia. The former midfielder for Colombia's national soccer team was extradited on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 to the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges.  (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Colombia soccer star extradited to US on trafficking charges

Jan. 23, 2020 2:56 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former midfielder for Colombia's national soccer team was extradited on Thursday to the United States to face drug trafficking charges. Prosecutors in Texas accuse Jhon Viafara of conspiring with members of the Gulf Cartel to organize cocaine shipments that left Colombia on...

Man who helped kidnap storage warehouse manager gets 5 years

Jan. 23, 2020 10:20 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of two men who kidnapped a Public Storage warehouse manager at gunpoint, mistakenly thinking the manager had stolen their nearly 500 pounds of marijuana, was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones issued the sentence for Trent...

Relatives of Bui Thi Nhung walk behind her casket during a funeral procession to Phu Thang church ahead of Nhung’s burial on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 in the village of Do Thanh, Vietnam. The body of 19-year old Nhung was among the last remains of the 39 Vietnamese who died while being smuggled in a truck to England last month that were repatriated to their home country on Saturday. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Police bust ring accused of smuggling 10,000 migrants to UK

Jan. 23, 2020 5:48 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French and Dutch police have arrested 23 suspected members of a criminal network that has smuggled as many as 10,000 migrants from France to Britain, according to the European police agency Europol. The network was suspected of earning 70 million euros ($77.6 million) in profits by organizing...

This undated booking photo from the Washoe County Sheriff's Office shows Reginald Dean Miller. Miller, 39, who pleaded guilty in Reno, Nev., to drug trafficking and threatening a witness, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Miller, of Stockton, Calif., pleaded guilty in November to preventing or dissuading a witness from testifying at his pending trial on a charge of trafficking methamphetamine and heroin. Washoe County District Judge Lynne Simons said at last week's sentencing he must serve at least four years in prison before he's eligible for parole. (Washoe County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Drug-trafficker in Reno who threatened witness gets 10 years

Jan. 22, 2020 5:50 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 39-year-old California man who pleaded guilty in Reno to drug trafficking and threatening a witness has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Reginald Miller of Stockton pleaded guilty in November to preventing or dissuading a witness from testifying at his pending trial on a charge of...

More charges announced in gang drug, sex trafficking case

Jan. 22, 2020 1:18 PM EST

READING, Pa. (AP) — Federal authorities have announced more charges in an investigation of what they call a violent drug gang that engaged in sex trafficking, attempted murder and murder in eastern Pennsylvania. U.S. Attorney William McSwain said the racketeering conspiracy and other charges against 13...

$3M-plus bail for 3 Utah drug suspects arrested in Nevada

Jan. 22, 2020 12:07 AM EST

WEST WENDOVER, Nev. (AP) — Three drug-trafficking suspects from Utah have been jailed in Nevada on bail set at more than $3 million each after a police officer says he spotted them near the state line transferring a bag between two vehicles, one that had been reported stolen. A drug-sniffing dog helped...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks on the rotunda about human trafficking during the opening day of the year for the general session of the state legislature in Atlanta. Georgia’s Republican governor and first lady have announced Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, a slate of legislative measures they want to see enacted this year to combat human trafficking. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Georgia governor, first lady unveil anti-trafficking plans

Jan. 21, 2020 5:53 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s Republican governor and first lady have announced a slate of legislative measures they want to see enacted this year to combat human trafficking. Gov. Brian Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp said the proposals unveiled Tuesday build on work already being done by the...

Former Massachusetts teacher faces human trafficking charges

Jan. 21, 2020 3:33 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts school teacher charged with forcing into prostitution several women with substance abuse issues he had offered to help pleaded not guilty and was held on $15,000 bail at his arraignment Tuesday. John Clayton IV, 63, of Northborough, is charged with trafficking...

NY lawsuit targets shuttered sex marketplace Backpage

Jan. 21, 2020 2:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says she was exploited for years starting at age 12 by a sex trafficker who used the shuttered website Backpage.com to sell her is suing the founders of the site under New York's Child Victims Act, which loosened the statute of limitations for child sex abuse. The lawsuit filed...