Latest Drug trafficking News

Trump threatens more troops to border after Mexico incident

Apr. 24, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump renewed his threat Wednesday to send more troops to the U.S.-Mexico border following an incident in which Mexican soldiers confronted U.S. personnel. Mexico blamed the incident on confusion, and said it was not looking for confrontation with the U.S. In morning...

Indictment: Ex-CEO ignored red flags as opioid crisis raged

Apr. 23, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The pharmaceutical industry executive hit Tuesday with criminal charges stemming from the opioid crisis doesn't have his name on a museum wing, and his company isn't within earshot of Apple or anyone else on the Fortune 500. Even his $1.5 million paycheck was a paltry sum compared to his...

Drugs found on Montenegro military training ship

Apr. 19, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro's defense ministry says the army has discovered drugs hidden on a navy training ship ahead of its planned journey to Turkey and Greece. The ministry says the military police searched the Jadran, or the Adriatic, early Friday after learning that certain criminal gangs...

Bulgarian customs officials seize heroin from Iranian truck

Apr. 19, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian customs officials say they have seized 288 kilograms (635 pounds) of heroin found in an Iranian truck entering Bulgaria from Turkey. The drugs were discovered at the Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint, customs officer Ivan Kuchmov said on Friday. They were stashed in 144 packages...

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...

Venezuela's ex-spy chief arrested in Madrid on US warrant

Apr. 12, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela's longtime spy chief was arrested Friday in Madrid by Spanish police acting on a U.S. drug warrant a few weeks after he threw his support behind opponents of President Nicolas Maduro. The arrest of retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who for more than a decade advised the late leader...

EU urges Sri Lanka not to end moratorium on death penalty

Apr. 8, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union is urging Sri Lanka not to end its four-decade moratorium on the death penalty, saying capital punishment is not an effective deterrent to counter illicit drugs and related crimes. Monday's statement from the EU comes a week after Sri Lankan President...

States try to block money from going to Trump's border wall

Apr. 5, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and 19 other states that are suing President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to build a border wall have requested a court order to stop money from being diverted to fund the project. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Friday that the group took...

Sri Lanka destroys cocaine, to resume capital punishment

Apr. 1, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka authorities publicly destroyed 770 kilograms (1,695 pounds) of cocaine on Monday as the president announced that dates have been set for the country's first executions in 43 years amid rising alarm over drug-related crime. Authorities have intensified a crackdown on...

El Chapo, the fashionista?

Mar. 30, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — El Chapo, the fashionista? The convicted drug lord and his wife have stylish future plans: Creating clothing with the brand name "El Chapo." The New York Daily News reports that 61-year-old Joaquin Guzman and his 29-year-old wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, are working together on the project....