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Law enforcement officials oppose bill decriminalizing drugs

Jan. 21, 2020 2:45 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho law enforcement officials and prosecutors on Tuesday came out in opposition to proposed legislation decriminalizing the use of illegal drugs. The groups said that the legislation put forward by Democratic Sen. Gran Burgoyne would allow a person to legally possess up to trafficking...

FILE - This file image provided by the Maryland U.S. District Attorney's Office shows a photo of firearms and ammunition that belonged to Christopher Paul Hasson, a Coast Guard lieutenant. Federal prosecutors recommend a 25-year prison sentence for Hasson, accused of stockpiling weapons and targeting Supreme Court justices, prominent Democrats and TV journalists. But defense attorneys dispute the government's claim that he is a domestic terrorist. (Maryland U.S. District Attorney's Office via AP, File)

Coast Guard officer accused of terror plot asks for leniency

Jan. 21, 2020 1:42 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are recommending a 25-year prison sentence for a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns and targeting Supreme Court justices, prominent Democrats and TV journalists for attacks inspired by racist killers. But defense attorneys are seeking leniency...

Convicted drug dealer pleads guilty to new charges

Jan. 21, 2020 11:55 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who previously spent time in federal prison on drug charges has pleaded guilty to dealing methamphetamine, fentanyl, and heroin while still on probation, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Luis Alberto Gonzalez-Ruiz, 35, of Providence, pleaded guilty last week to...

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, members of the Coast Guard stand near seized cocaine in Los Angeles. The nation's drug addiction crisis has been morphing in a deadly new direction: more Americans struggling with meth and cocaine. Now the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked of the opioid crisis to help people addicted to those drugs as well. The change to a $1.5 billion opioid grants program was buried in a massive spending bill that Congress passed late in 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, file)

Feds to let states tap opioid funds for meth, cocaine surge

Jan. 21, 2020 11:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation's drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine. The little-noticed change is buried in a massive spending bill...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Minnesota court records show a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Prince's family members has been quietly dismissed in recent months against all defendants. Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose on April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Prince wrongful death case dismissed; estate case continues

Jan. 20, 2020 12:04 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A wrongful death lawsuit filed by Prince's family members has been quietly dismissed in recent months, suggesting family members have reached settlements with defendants including the Minnesota doctor who saw Prince in the weeks before his death and the Illinois hospital that treated him...

Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking

Jan. 19, 2020 12:33 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for drug trafficking. Prosecutors say Jeremy Rodriguez, 22, was part of a drug trafficking organization selling large amounts of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine in the Hartford-area. The Hartford...

Judge scolds convicted fentanyl dealer, hands down sentence

Jan. 16, 2020 4:58 PM EST

A federal judge handed down a 35-year-sentence on Thursday to a man convicted of dealing fentanyl, scolding him for being motivated by “pure greed.” The remarks by U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett came as he sentenced Paul Alexander, 47, of Hanover, The Baltimore Sun reported. Alexander was...

37 charged in Puerto Rico to Wisconsin drug smuggling case

Jan. 16, 2020 4:32 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged 37 people accused of sending cocaine and other drugs from Puerto Rico to Wisconsin and elsewhere in the country using the U.S. Postal Service, authorities said Thursday. The United States Attorney's Office in Eastern Wisconsin said the drugs were sold in...

Man gets over 6 years in prison for trafficking fentanyl

Jan. 15, 2020 8:49 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison for trafficking fentanyl in New Hampshire. Court documents said Henry Marte, 22, of Lawrence, was part of a group that sold the drug to customers throughout New England. Prosecutors said Marte distributed 200-gram bags...

Massachusetts man indicted in drug-related death

Jan. 14, 2020 2:21 PM EST

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been indicted in a drug-related death in New Hampshire in 2017, officials said Tuesday. Santo Baez-Arias, 40, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of dispensing or selling fentanyl resulting in the death of Joseph Bragg of...