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Southern California man caught with 24 kilos of fentanyl

Jun. 25, 2022 11:39 AM EDT

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — A suspected Southern California drug dealer was caught with 24 kilos of fentanyl in his car and home, along with $250,000 worth of fentanyl pills, prosecutors said. The 60-year-old suspect was arrested following a traffic stop on Wednesday during which...

NC woman gets nearly 6 years for supplying guns to gang

Jun. 24, 2022 08:25 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for trying to buy firearms on behalf of gang members who she helped sell drugs, according to a federal prosecutor. U.S. Attorney Michael F. Easley Jr. said in a news release that Vernisha...

Head of drug trafficking ring gets 15-year prison sentence

Jun. 23, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

The leader of a large-scale drug trafficking organization that imported millions of doses of cocaine and fentanyl to several U.S. states has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, federal authorities in Rhode Island said. Juni Rafael Jimenez-Martinez, 47, a Dominican national who had...

Exec returns to Toyota as adviser after '15 arrest in Japan

Jun. 23, 2022 06:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An American executive who resigned from Toyota after being arrested in Japan in 2015 on suspicion of drug law violations is back at the Japanese automaker, the company said Thursday. Julie Hamp has been hired by Toyota Motor Corp.'s North American operations to support...

26 indicted, 500,000 phony pills seized in federal crackdown

Jun. 21, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Seventeen people were arrested and nearly 500,000 counterfeit pills were seized during a federal crackdown on drug traffickers suspected of bringing phony pharmaceuticals laced with fentanyl and other illicit narcotics into California from Mexico, authorities said Tuesday. ...

Police: Man nabbed in Minot with $1 million worth of opioids

Jun. 21, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a Michigan man appeared in court Tuesday after Minot police seized 15,000 fentanyl pills and 80 grams of fentanyl powder with an estimated street value of more than $1 million. The drugs were found after a search warrant was executed at a storage...

House approves bill to decriminalize fentanyl test strips

Jun. 20, 2022 15:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Test strips to help drug users identify fentanyl and other potentially deadly chemicals would no longer be classified as illegal paraphernalia under a bill passed unanimously by the Pennsylvania House on Monday. The legislation to amend the state's Controlled...

2 more plead guilty to roles in drug trafficking scheme

Jun. 18, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two Massachusetts residents have pleaded guilty to their roles in a drug trafficking ring that included the sale of counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl out of a market, federal prosecutors said. Cintia Franco, 34, and Amauris Antonio Rosario Garcia, 39,...

Mexican police find fentanyl pill press in border town

Jun. 16, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors said Thursday they found an illicit facility with a pill press used to manufacture fentanyl pills in the border town of San Luis Rio Colorado, across from Yuma, Arizona. The town is better known for its myriad pharmacies, dentist and...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 15, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

Columbus Dispatch. June 14, 2022. Editorial: LCSD playing with fire in its proposed medical marijuana policy From the moment the Mississippi Legislature passed a law to create a medical marijuana program in January, it was inevitable that litigation would follow. ...