Latest Smuggling News

Heiress pleads guilty in NXIVM sex slave case

Apr. 19, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An heiress pleaded guilty on Friday in a sensational case accusing a cult-like upstate New York group of creating a secret harem of sex slaves for the group's self-anointed spiritual leader. Clare Bronfman admitted in her plea in federal court in Brooklyn that she harbored someone who was...

Wealthy heiress pleads guilty to charges in sex-trafficking conspiracy case against self-help group NXIVM

Apr. 19, 2019 5:14 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Wealthy heiress pleads guilty to charges in sex-trafficking conspiracy case against self-help group NXIVM.

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...

Judge scales back Weinstein suit, allows sex-traffic claim

Apr. 18, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to represent any woman with a claim against Harvey Weinstein can proceed on sex-trafficking grounds, a judge ruled Thursday, as he dramatically shrank the scope of an action trying to treat the disgraced movie producer and various companies like a mob organization. U.S....

Israeli police detain Jewish suspects with sacrificial goats

Apr. 18, 2019 7:37 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they detained four suspects involved in an attempt to smuggle two baby goats into Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site for a ritual sacrifice. Police said on Thursday that two Jewish minors intended "to cause provocations" by sacrificing the goats ahead of Passover. Two...

2 get prison for immigrant smuggling that led to 2 deaths

Apr. 17, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Two Guatemalan men have been sentenced to federal prison for their parts in an immigrant-smuggling run that led to the deaths of two Ecuadoran men. A Justice Department statement says 23-year-old Melvin L. Barahona-Godoy was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison Wednesday...

Judge bars release of Kraft massage videos before hearing

Apr. 17, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors can't release undercover video of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly receiving sex acts at a Florida massage parlor until a Florida judge rules later this month. Circuit Judge Joseph Marx on Wednesday barred the release of any video from...

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...

Correction: Patriots Owner-Prostitution Charge story

Apr. 17, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In a story April 16 about a lawsuit filed by a man secretly recorded by police while receiving a massage, The Associated Press reported erroneously one of the government agencies being sued. The lawsuit is against the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, not the Palm...