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Egyptian arrested for smuggling narcotics in box of dates

Sep. 25, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Police at Cairo’s international airport arrested an Egyptian man returning from France on Friday with over 600 narcotic pills and two packs of marijuana stuffed into a carton of dates, according to airport authorities. Egyptian customs officials found 620 tablets of Tramadol, the...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2011, file photo, is a view looking up Taylor Street of the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco. San Francisco has sued 28 alleged drug dealers who frequent a downtown neighborhood where broad daylight drug dealing and drug use is common to stop the flow of drugs. City Attorney Dennis Herrera said Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, the suits are part of an effort to clean up the Tenderloin, which has seen the city's largest number of overdose deaths. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

San Francisco sues 28 alleged dealers to stop flow of drugs

Sep. 24, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco sued 28 alleged drug dealers who frequent a downtown neighborhood where drug dealing and drug use in broad daylight is common, in an effort to clean up the area that has seen the city's largest number of overdose deaths, authorities announced Thursday. San Francisco City...

2 Marines accused in drug overdose case of fellow Marine

Sep. 22, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two U.S. Marines were arrested Tuesday on a federal grand jury indictment that alleges the lance corporals were involved in selling drugs to Marines, including to a fellow Marine who died from an overdose. Lance Cpls. Anthony Ruben Whisenant and Ryan Douglas White were arrested at Marine...

Report finds 'abundant' supply of illicit drugs in EU

Sep. 22, 2020 5:29 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Illicit drugs are increasingly available in the European Union, where there is now “an abundant supply,” the bloc’s drug monitoring agency said in a report published Tuesday. The agency highlighted cocaine as a growing problem. Its purity in Europe is increasing...

FILE - This undated photo provided on Jan. 24, 2020 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows some of over 165 pounds (75 kilograms) of suspected methamphetamine seized after smugglers tried to float it across the border from Nogales, Mexico, by roping together dozens of packages and sending them through an underground drainage tunnel into Arizona, according to federal officials. The Mexican Defense Department announced on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, that seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl so far this year are 465% higher than in 2019, but progress against another big Mexican export to the U.S. market _ methamphetamines _ is slower.  (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP, File)

Mexico sees fentanyl seizures up 465%, denies making drug

Sep. 18, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl so far this year are 465% higher than in 2019, rising to almost 2,300 pounds (1,040 kilograms) from around 405 pounds ( 184 kilograms) last year, but progress against another big Mexican export to the U.S. market —...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rings the bell as he gives the annual independence shout from the balcony of the National Palace to kick off subdued Independence Day celebrations amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, at the Zocalo in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Instead of the throngs of supporters who pack the Zocalo in a typical year, this Independence Day the president faced an empty plaza as he gave the traditional

Mexico skirts U.S. criticism of anti-drug enforcement

Sep. 17, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday that Mexico will respond “softly, softly” and with “love and peace” to the finding by the U.S. government that his country needs to do more to stop drug trafficking. López Obrador said he did not...

Sri Lankan police officers belonging to the narcotics unit, in green jackets, stand next to a seized haul of narcotics at a fishery harbor in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 3, 2020. For years, authorities in Sri Lanka have tried to rid the Indian Ocean island nation of illegal drugs. But a drug ring allegedly including more than a dozen officers from a key national narcotics unit has exposed how much of a challenge that goal brings. (AP Photo)

Arrests of narcotics police highlight Sri Lanka drug problem

Sep. 17, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — For years, authorities in Sri Lanka have tried to rid the Indian Ocean island nation of illegal drugs, even attempting to lift a decades-old moratorium on the death penalty to be able to execute drug offenders. But a drug ring allegedly including more than a dozen officers from a...

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. On Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said there’s no clear evidence that a reformulated version of the painkiller OxyContin designed to discourage abuse actually resulted in fewer overdoses or cases of addiction. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Experts: Revamped OxyContin hasn't curbed abuse, overdoses

Sep. 11, 2020 10:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of government health advisers said Friday there’s no clear evidence that a harder-to-crush version of the painkiller OxyContin designed to discourage abuse actually resulted in fewer overdoses or deaths. The conclusion from the Food and Drug Administration advisory panel...

FILE—In this file photo from June 5, 2019, former Dr. William Husel, center, arrives at the downtown Columbus Division of Police headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. An Ohio hospital system has reached more settlements related to Husel, who is accused of ordering excessive painkillers for dozens of patients and has pleaded not guilty to 25 counts of murder. The related settlements involving the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System now total more than $16.7 million. That includes three settlements of $750,000 each that were filed in the past two weeks. (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

Hospital settlements tied to doc in murder case now top $16M

Sep. 11, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio hospital system has reached more settlements related to an intensive care doctor who is charged with murder and accused of ordering excessive painkillers for dozens of patients who then died. The settlements involving the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System now total more...

This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by him and the other Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Kueng, Lane and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. Minneapolis adopted a policy in 2016 requiring officers to intervene when colleagues are using inappropriate force. Yet three other officers at the scene failed to stop 19-year police veteran Derek Chauvin when he put his knee on Floyd's neck despite Floyd's cries that he couldn't breathe. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Lawyers for ex-cops raise Floyd's history of crime, drug use

Sep. 10, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for one of four former Minneapolis officers charged in George Floyd's death is highlighting Floyd’s past crimes and history of drug use, calling him an ex-con and “evident danger to the community.” Another is seizing on Floyd’s medical issues and...