Latest Drug-related crime News

Court affirms nurse's conviction in death of diabetic inmate

Oct. 20, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed the manslaughter conviction of a former George County jail nurse in the death of a diabetic inmate who was not given insulin for a week after he was jailed on a drug charge. The former nurse, Carmon Brannan, surrendered to...

In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020, photo Acting Drug Enforcement Administrator Timothy Shea, right, visits with DEA agents at a checkpoint in Washington. More than 1,500 people have been arrested in the last three months as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration project focusing on violent crime. The initiative, nicknamed Project Safeguard, comes as President Donald Trump has touted similar operations as a much-needed answer to a spike in crime. It's also to showcase what he says is his law-and-order prowess, claiming he’s countering rising crime in cities run by Democrats. Acting DEA Administrator Tim Shea tells the AP that since the operation launched in August, 1,521 people have been arrested in both state and federal cases in cities across the U.S. and 2,135 firearms have been seized.   (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)

AP Exclusive: 1,500 arrests in DEA violent crime initiative

Oct. 20, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,500 people have been arrested on state and federal criminal charges in the last three months as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration project focusing on violent crime, the agency’s acting administrator told The Associated Press. Since the operation launched in...

In this photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attends a meeting at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines on Monday Oct. 19, 2020. The Philippine president has said he could be held responsible for the thousands of killings under his anti-drugs crackdown and was ready to face charges, except crimes against humanity, that could land him in jail. (Robinson Ninal Jr./Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP)

Duterte: Hold me responsible for killings in drug crackdown

Oct. 20, 2020 8:38 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has said he accepts responsibility for the thousands of killings committed during police operations in his crackdown on drugs, adding that he was even ready to go to jail. President Rodrigo Duterte’s televised remarks Monday night were typical of...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2018, file photo, an employee stocks cannabis at a store shortly before its first day of recreational marijuana sales in San Francisco. Two marijuana trade organizations filed a lawsuit Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, against the nation's largest legal pot market over restrictions on stand-alone delivery services that have blocked them from obtaining licenses until 2025. The lawsuit against Los Angeles and its Department of Cannabis Regulation seeks to overturn rules enacted earlier this year that postponed the availability of those licenses for certain businesses, even though broad legal sales began in the state in January 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Los Angeles faces lawsuit over marijuana delivery licenses

Oct. 19, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two marijuana trade organizations filed a lawsuit Monday against the nation’s largest legal pot market over restrictions on stand-alone delivery services that have blocked them from obtaining licenses until 2025. The lawsuit against Los Angeles and its Department of Cannabis...

Border Patrol: Hand-dug tunnel found near border in Nogales

Oct. 19, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A new hand-dug tunnel has been found near the U.S. border in Nogales. Tucson Sector agents said the tunnel was discovered Saturday night by video surveillance. Agents located the tunnel’s 2-feet-by-2-feet exit about a half-mile west of the DeConcini Port of Entry and about three...

Man serving 660-year sentence denied compassionate release

Oct. 19, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man serving a 660-year prison sentence for laundering millions of dollars for a Colombian drug cartel was denied compassionate release on Monday by a federal judge who said he had failed to show he was at an increased risk of severe complications from the coronavirus....

In this court artist sketch, former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda's appears in federal court, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 in Los Angeles. Cienfuegos, who led the country’s army for six years under ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges at Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. and Mexican sources said Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Bill Robles via AP).

Mexico president wants US evidence against ex-defense chief

Oct. 19, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday his government will ask United States authorities to share all information about the alleged links between Mexico’s former defense secretary and drug traffickers. Retired Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos was arrested...

Former Alabama doctor sentenced in prescription fraud case

Oct. 19, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A one-time Alabama doctor was sentenced to 15 years in prison for illegally prescribing dangerous medications to patients, authorities said Monday. Richard A. Stehl, 60, was convicted on multiple charges of unlawfully distributing drugs, fraud and money laundering, federal...

Phoenix traffic stop leads to drug bust; Nearly $2.5M seized

Oct. 19, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers have seized nearly $2.5 million worth of fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine following a traffic stop in Phoenix, authorities said. A DPS officer pulled over the vehicle carrying the drugs for a traffic violation . Authorities said the 464...

21 members of white supremacist orgs charged for guns, drugs

Oct. 17, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Twenty-one members and associates of white supremacy organizations in Utah are facing charges over gun and drug distribution. The indictments came after an investigation that started in June 2019 that focused on the Soldiers of Aryan Culture, Silent Aryan Warriors and Noble Elect...