Latest Smuggling News

El Salvador holds man on charge of promoting migrant caravan

Jan. 23, 2020 7:50 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In one of the first cases of its kind, a court in El Salvador ordered a man held in jail Thursday pending trial on charges he promoted the formation of a migrant caravan. Prosecutors filed immigrant human-trafficking charges against Raúl Antonio Ventura for sending...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2011 file photo, Jhon Viafara of Colombia's Junior de Barranquilla celebrates after scoring against Brazil's Gremio during a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Barranquilla, Colombia. The former midfielder for Colombia's national soccer team was extradited on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 to the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges.  (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Colombia soccer star extradited to US on trafficking charges

Jan. 23, 2020 2:56 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former midfielder for Colombia's national soccer team was extradited on Thursday to the United States to face drug trafficking charges. Prosecutors in Texas accuse Jhon Viafara of conspiring with members of the Gulf Cartel to organize cocaine shipments that left Colombia on...

Relatives of Bui Thi Nhung walk behind her casket during a funeral procession to Phu Thang church ahead of Nhung’s burial on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 in the village of Do Thanh, Vietnam. The body of 19-year old Nhung was among the last remains of the 39 Vietnamese who died while being smuggled in a truck to England last month that were repatriated to their home country on Saturday. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Police bust ring accused of smuggling 10,000 migrants to UK

Jan. 23, 2020 5:48 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French and Dutch police have arrested 23 suspected members of a criminal network that has smuggled as many as 10,000 migrants from France to Britain, according to the European police agency Europol. The network was suspected of earning 70 million euros ($77.6 million) in profits by organizing...

NY lawsuit targets shuttered sex marketplace Backpage

Jan. 21, 2020 2:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says she was exploited for years starting at age 12 by a sex trafficker who used the shuttered website Backpage.com to sell her is suing the founders of the site under New York's Child Victims Act, which loosened the statute of limitations for child sex abuse. The lawsuit filed...

FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. Federal prosecutors said Thursday Jan. 9, 2020, that jailhouse video no longer exists of the area around Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell on a day he survived an apparent suicide attempt.  (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

Documentary 'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein' to air on Lifetime

Jan. 18, 2020 2:04 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — An investigative documentary about Jeffrey Epstein and how the millionaire sex offender avoided scrutiny is coming to Lifetime. The four-hour film, “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein,” will air this summer, the cable channel said Saturday. Epstein, 66, killed himself in his...

This photo provided by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office shows Jim Farmer. A grand jury has brought charges in a sex trafficking case against former NBA player and one-time University of Alabama basketball standout Jim Farmer, who was caught up in an undercover law enforcement sting last October. (Rutherford County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Former NBA player to plead not guilty to human trafficking

Jan. 17, 2020 12:34 PM EST

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A grand jury has brought charges in a sex trafficking case against former NBA player and one-time University of Alabama basketball standout Jim Farmer, who was caught up in an undercover law enforcement sting last October. Farmer, 55, of Franklin, Tennessee, was arrested again...

37 charged in Puerto Rico to Wisconsin drug smuggling case

Jan. 16, 2020 4:32 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged 37 people accused of sending cocaine and other drugs from Puerto Rico to Wisconsin and elsewhere in the country using the U.S. Postal Service, authorities said Thursday. The United States Attorney's Office in Eastern Wisconsin said the drugs were sold in...

Feds: Smugglers ferry Chinese migrants to Florida in yachts

Jan. 16, 2020 3:50 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities have thwarted two separate attempts by smugglers to bring Chinese migrants illegally into the U.S. through Florida aboard yachts. Three men are facing human smuggling charges in federal courts in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The Miami Herald first reported they are accused of...

Banker found guilty of smuggling Picasso painting from Spain

Jan. 16, 2020 8:35 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court sentenced a former bank president to 18 months in prison on Thursday after finding him guilty of trying to smuggle a painting by Pablo Picasso that was deemed a national artistic treasure out of the country. The court also fined ex-Bankinter head Jaime Botín 52.4 million...

Men charged with smuggling to help Pakistan nuke program

Jan. 15, 2020 4:58 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Five men are accused of conspiring to smuggle aircraft parts, electronic components and other technical equipment from the U.S. to Pakistan to support that country's nuclear program, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday in federal court in New Hampshire. The men were indicted...