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Guatemalan presidential candidate arrested on drug charges

Apr. 17, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Guatemalan presidential candidate was arrested Wednesday in Miami on drug and weapons charges, accused of plotting to assassinate political rivals and to let drug dealers use Guatemala's ports and airports. The candidate, Mario Amilcar Estrada Orellana, 58, and an alleged accomplice, Juan...

Suit: US drug agency deemed firm 'kingpin' in 'drug cartel'

Apr. 1, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration viewed one drug-producing company as the "kingpin within a drug cartel," according to a Tennessee lawsuit over the opioid epidemic. A nearly 250-page amended complaint filed Monday in Circuit Court for Cumberland County said the DEA labeled...

New York sues billionaire family behind maker of OxyContin

Mar. 28, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York is suing the billionaire family behind the company that created OxyContin, joining a growing list of state and local governments seeking to hold not only the firm but its owners accountable for the nation's opioid crisis. The state, which averages nine opioid-related deaths per...

Members of Mexican drug cartel indicted in Virginia

Mar. 25, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A dozen members of a Mexican drug cartel have been indicted in Virginia on federal drug conspiracy charges. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia says the indictments were unsealed Monday against members of Jalisco New Generation Cartel. U.S. Attorney...

Filings from El Chapo trial show efforts to limit testimony

Mar. 15, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Newly unsealed documents from the U.S. trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman detail the behind-the-scenes efforts by prosecutors to keep out evidence potentially damaging to their witnesses and embarrassing to the government, including beliefs in mysticism, sex with minors...

75 face federal drug trafficking charges in Puerto Rico

Feb. 27, 2019 11:28 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal grand jury in Puerto Rico has indicted 75 people accused of running a multimillion-dollar drug trafficking ring and of throwing bodies of victims to caimans. U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said Wednesday that the group had operated since 2006 and sold drugs...