Latest Smuggling News

Uruguayan prison chief quits after Italian mobster escapes

Jun. 25, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — The director of Uruguay's prison system has resigned following the escape of a top Italian organized crime boss from the jail where he was being held while awaiting extradition to Italy. The government announced Tuesday that it had accepted Alberto Gadea's resignation. Rocco...

Italian mobster Rocco Morabito escapes from Uruguayan prison

Jun. 24, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A top Italian organized crime boss escaped during the night from the Uruguayan prison where he was awaiting extradition to Italy, Uruguay's interior ministry said Monday. Rocco Morabito and three other inmates got out "through the roof" of a prison in Montevideo around midnight...

85 arrested in monthslong human trafficking sting in Florida

Jun. 24, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say they have arrested 85 people in a monthslong human trafficking sting. "Operation Trade Secrets" began at the outset of the year, focusing on hotels, motels, spas, massage parlors, strip clubs, adult bookstores and other activities, Hillsborough County Sheriff...

Trial set to begin for former Baltimore Ravens running back

Jun. 24, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — A trial begins Monday for the Baltimore Ravens' former starting running back Alex Collins on drug and weapons felony charges. Collins is charged with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime, as well as two misdemeanors. Charging...

Drug crackdown in northern Kentucky town nets indictments

Jun. 22, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

DAYTON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say more than 20 people were indicated after a six-month investigation into drug trafficking in a northern Kentucky community. Media outlets report that authorities seized fentanyl, meth, cocaine and more drugs and firearms as part of the crackdown in Dayton. The Northern...

Judge continues $50M bail for Mexican megachurch leader

Jun. 21, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge continued the extraordinary $50 million bail Friday for the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo but said prosecutors must offer more evidence of their child sex and human trafficking allegations at the next court hearing. Naasón Joaquín García, the...

Weinstein fights sex trafficking claims in actress' lawsuit

Jun. 21, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's lawyers sought Friday to toss out the sex trafficking claims of an actress the disgraced movie-making mogul maintains is trying to capitalize on the legal success of other women. The lawyers filed papers in Manhattan federal court to try to persuade a judge to reject...

Latest: Judge continues huge bail for megachurch leader

Jun. 21, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the case against the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo (all times local): 1 p.m. A judge has continued the extraordinary $50 million bail for the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo but says prosecutors must offer more evidence of their child...

Egyptian passenger allegedly had hundreds of illegal pills

Jun. 21, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Cairo airport authorities say they have arrested an Egyptian passenger who was allegedly carrying hundreds of pills of a banned drug in his luggage. Ibrahim Abdel Latif, a senior official at the Customs Authority, said Friday his office received a tip from drug control officers at the airport...

China police raids rescue 1,100 trafficked women

Jun. 21, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police rescued 1,130 abducted foreign women in the second half of last year in coordinated operations with five Southeast Asian countries, the Ministry of Public Security said Friday. Police arrested 1,322 suspects, including 262 foreigners, for allegedly luring and kidnapping women...