Latest Drug-related crime News

Duterte to drug suspects: Want to live longer? Stay in jail

May. 22, 2018 8:30 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has told drug suspects in a central province to look for a way to get arrested and then stay in jail if they want to live longer, in his latest threat under his bloody anti-drug crackdown. President Rodrigo Duterte did not identify the targets of his...

Portrait of despair: Opioids land more women behind bars

May. 21, 2018 4:29 PM EDT

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (AP) — On opposite sides of the county jail, a mother and her son chat about school, girls, birthday gifts — and their future together. They aren't allowed to see each other face-to-face, so the inmate and the fifth-grader connect by video. "Hi, Mommy," 10-year-old Robby says to...

Honduran drug kingpin sentenced to life in US prison

May. 21, 2018 12:21 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A convicted Honduran drug kingpin whose cocaine supplied the Mexican cartel headed by the trafficker known as "El Chapo" has been sentenced to life in U.S. prison. Court records show a Miami federal judge imposed the sentence Monday on 41-year-old Sergio Neftali Mejia-Duarte. He was convicted...

Spanish police arrest 12 from alleged hash smuggling ring

May. 20, 2018 10:33 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say they have broken up an alleged drug ring that smuggled hashish from Morocco to Europe. Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said Sunday that Spanish police arrested 12 alleged smugglers and confiscated nearly 190,000 euros ($224,000.) Zoido said in a Twitter post: "We...

Colombia ex-rebel halts hunger strike as extradition lingers

May. 19, 2018 5:39 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former rebel ideologue who helped craft Colombia's 2016 peace deal has suspended a 41-day hunger strike after a special peace tribunal cast doubt on his expected extradition to the U.S. on drug charges. Seuxis Hernandez said in a letter read Saturday by a member of the political...

US arrest, raids in Seattle pot probe with China ties

May. 19, 2018 1:28 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. authorities have arrested a Seattle woman, conducted raids and seized thousands of marijuana plants in an investigation into what they say is an international black market marijuana operation financed by Chinese money, a newspaper reported Saturday. Authorities are still searching for...

US Attorney: Oregon has major pot overproduction

May. 18, 2018 4:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The black market for marijuana is thriving in Oregon and an oversupply of weed from growers is flowing to more than two dozen states where pot remains illegal, a top federal law enforcement official said Friday. U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said the state has a "significant...

US sanctions Venezuela socialist boss for drug trafficking

May. 18, 2018 4:47 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration has slapped sanctions on Venezuelan socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello, accusing him of drug trafficking and heading a major corruption network that siphoned off funds from state-run companies to accounts in Russia and other countries. The actions...

Vermont drug importation program will need federal approval

May. 17, 2018 7:15 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is attempting to create a first-in-the-nation program to allow the wholesale importation of prescription drugs from Canada, but first the state needs approval from skeptical White House officials. Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill Wednesday that passed with...

911 call: Guard felt 'threatened' before T.I.'s arrest

May. 17, 2018 6:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A security guard said he felt threatened during an argument with the rapper T.I. that led to the Grammy-winning hip-hop artist's arrest outside his gated community near Atlanta. In a 10-minute phone call, the guard at Eagles Landing Country Club told a 911 dispatcher early Wednesday that a...