Latest Drug-related crime News

Officials address drug use in effort to stop homicide spike

Sep. 19, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Betsy Running Shield decided to take action after recent gun violence and a homicide spike in Rapid City. The 37-year-old’s nephew was the victim who survived the Sept. 5 Hemlock Street shooting while her son’s friend survived being shot in the head at the same house...

Border officials report $1.4 million meth haul in Arizona

Sep. 19, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol officials in Arizona say they have arrested a U.S. citizen after finding $1.4 million worth of methamphetamine in a modified work truck at an immigration checkpoint near the border community of Sasabe. The agency said Friday that officials made the arrest and seizure...

Woman suspected of selling drugs that resulted in ODs

Sep. 18, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Friday charged a Southern California woman with selling narcotics to several individuals who suffered overdoses, including one who died. Marisol Bolanos Hernandez, 35, faces one count of drug distribution resulting in serious bodily injury, the U.S. Department of...

Fired, pro-Black Lives Matter officer sues to get job back

Sep. 18, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia police officer who was cleared of charges that he falsified records is suing to get his job back, saying officials were retaliating for his support of Black Lives Matter. Bryan Turner, who is Black, sued the city and the Philadelphia Police Department this week in...

Police dept charged with abuse overhaul narcotics unit

Sep. 18, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The police department in Massachusetts' third-largest city announced an overhaul of its narcotics unit and other policy changes two months after a federal investigation found its officers routinely used excessive force without consequences. The Springfield Police Department has...

FILE - This undated photo provided on Jan. 24, 2020 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows some of over 165 pounds (75 kilograms) of suspected methamphetamine seized after smugglers tried to float it across the border from Nogales, Mexico, by roping together dozens of packages and sending them through an underground drainage tunnel into Arizona, according to federal officials. The Mexican Defense Department announced on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, that seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl so far this year are 465% higher than in 2019, but progress against another big Mexican export to the U.S. market _ methamphetamines _ is slower.  (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP, File)

Mexico sees fentanyl seizures up 465%, denies making drug

Sep. 18, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl so far this year are 465% higher than in 2019, rising to almost 2,300 pounds (1,040 kilograms) from around 405 pounds ( 184 kilograms) last year, but progress against another big Mexican export to the U.S. market —...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rings the bell as he gives the annual independence shout from the balcony of the National Palace to kick off subdued Independence Day celebrations amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, at the Zocalo in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Instead of the throngs of supporters who pack the Zocalo in a typical year, this Independence Day the president faced an empty plaza as he gave the traditional

Mexico skirts U.S. criticism of anti-drug enforcement

Sep. 17, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday that Mexico will respond “softly, softly” and with “love and peace” to the finding by the U.S. government that his country needs to do more to stop drug trafficking. López Obrador said he did not...

Authorities seize over $500K worth of drugs in Colorado bust

Sep. 17, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in Colorado have reported seizing more than half a million dollars worth of methamphetamine during a traffic stop, leading to a much larger drug bust. Authorities said Colorado State Patrol pulled a driver over on Aug. 30 about 8 miles (12 kilometers) south of Kersey,...

Paraguayan ex-politician, husband plead guilty in conspiracy

Sep. 17, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former member of Paraguay’s Congress and her husband have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering, U.S. authorities announced. Cynthia Elizabeth Tarragó Diaz, 41, and her husband Raimundo Va, 45, agreed to accept at least $2 million in U.S. currency from...

Italian-led investigation busts ethnic Albanian crime gang

Sep. 17, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A meticulously coordinated police operation in 10 countries has smashed an ethnic Albanian-organized crime syndicate that smuggled cocaine from South America into Europe and led to the arrest of 20 suspects, the EU's police agency announced Thursday. The gang, known as...