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5 charged after authorities seize 151 pounds of meth

Jan. 20, 2021 4:55 AM EST

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Five Kentucky men accused of being part of a drug trafficking organization were charged in federal court after authorities seized 151 pounds of methamphetamine, officials said. The charges stem from an investigation conducted by federal and local law enforcement agencies, U.S....

McLaren to pay $7.7M to resolve alleged drug violations

Jan. 19, 2021 6:23 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — McLaren Health Care Corp. has agreed to pay the federal government more than $7.7 million to resolve alleged violations of provisions of the Controlled Substances Act. The civil settlement was announced Tuesday by the U.S. attorneys in Grand Rapids and Detroit. It follows a years-long...

Overdose deaths prompt warning from North Carolina police

Jan. 19, 2021 5:00 PM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police in a North Carolina city issued a warning on Tuesday for a dangerous batch of what’s believed to be fentanyl after five suspected overdose deaths in a 48-hour period. A statement from the Asheville Police Department said it’s seeking information from the public...

Feds: Officers bust drug supplier for Connecticut, New York

Jan. 15, 2021 10:18 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal and local authorities have arrested a man they say was a major drug supplier for Connecticut and New York after finding more than 12,000 fentanyl doses and 2 pounds (1 kilogram) of cocaine in his home. Christopher Alamo was charged with federal drug and gun crimes after a law...

Woman pleas guilty to selling fentanyl that led to death

Jan. 13, 2021 9:00 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Mount Vernon woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in Whatcom and Skagit counties that led to two overdoses, including the death of a Bellingham 17-year-old in 2019. Rosaliana Lopez-Rodriguez, 22, faces five to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty in U.S....

Man gets 6 months more for trying to smuggle drugs into jail

Jan. 12, 2021 12:03 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A man released from a Massachusetts jail after testing positive for the coronavirus has been sentenced to an extra six months behind bars after trying to smuggle drugs back inside the facility. A judge ruled Monday that Eric Jalbert, of Salem, will serve the extra time after...

Maine likely set record for drug deaths in 2020

Jan. 11, 2021 12:45 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is on pace to set a new state record for the number of drug overdose deaths in a year. The Office of the Attorney General reported on Monday that 122 deaths were caused by drugs in the third quarter of 2020. That brought the total number of drug-related deaths to 380, which is...

26 charged in Detroit-North Dakota reservations opioid bust

Jan. 7, 2021 6:14 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they have cut into an opioid pipeline that for five years has been moving millions of dollars worth of oxycodone pills from Detroit to three American Indian reservations in North Dakota. U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley of North Dakota said Thursday that 26 people have...

Ex-nurse charged with stealing pain meds from hospital

Jan. 7, 2021 9:46 AM EST

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — A former nurse who worked at Beverly Hospital for about two months has agreed to plead guilty to stealing opioid pain medication from the emergency room there in 2016, according to court documents. Mark Croft, 48, of West Boylston, was charged by federal prosecutors last month with...

Police: 4-year-old boy in Maryland died of drug overdose

Jan. 7, 2021 7:22 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The death of a 4-year-old boy in Maryland last year has been ruled a homicide after authorities determined he died of intoxication from methadone, an opioid-withdrawal medication. Officers were called to John Hopkins Hospital on Oct. 30 for a report of the child’s death, Baltimore...