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$3M-plus bail for 3 Utah drug suspects arrested in Nevada

Jan. 22, 2020 12:07 AM EST

WEST WENDOVER, Nev. (AP) — Three drug-trafficking suspects from Utah have been jailed in Nevada on bail set at more than $3 million each after a police officer says he spotted them near the state line transferring a bag between two vehicles, one that had been reported stolen. A drug-sniffing dog helped...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks on the rotunda about human trafficking during the opening day of the year for the general session of the state legislature in Atlanta. Georgia’s Republican governor and first lady have announced Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, a slate of legislative measures they want to see enacted this year to combat human trafficking. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Georgia governor, first lady unveil anti-trafficking plans

Jan. 21, 2020 5:53 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s Republican governor and first lady have announced a slate of legislative measures they want to see enacted this year to combat human trafficking. Gov. Brian Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp said the proposals unveiled Tuesday build on work already being done by the...

Former Massachusetts teacher faces human trafficking charges

Jan. 21, 2020 3:33 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts school teacher charged with forcing into prostitution several women with substance abuse issues he had offered to help pleaded not guilty and was held on $15,000 bail at his arraignment Tuesday. John Clayton IV, 63, of Northborough, is charged with trafficking...

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...

Convicted drug dealer pleads guilty to new charges

Jan. 21, 2020 11:55 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who previously spent time in federal prison on drug charges has pleaded guilty to dealing methamphetamine, fentanyl, and heroin while still on probation, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Luis Alberto Gonzalez-Ruiz, 35, of Providence, pleaded guilty last week to...

US attorney: Agencies aim up to curb Vegas child sex traffic

Jan. 20, 2020 6:28 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Several agencies are aiming to curb child prostitution in Las Vegas, where 14 child sex trafficking victims were found when the FBI rescued more than 100 across the U.S. last July, the area’s top federal prosecutor said. Nevada was the district with the most youngsters recovered,...

Murder convictions upheld for 2 men in border agent's death

Jan. 20, 2020 3:49 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An appeals court has upheld murder convictions for two men in the 2010 fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death revealed the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling investigation. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday affirmed the murder convictions of Ivan Soto-Barraza...

Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking

Jan. 19, 2020 12:33 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for drug trafficking. Prosecutors say Jeremy Rodriguez, 22, was part of a drug trafficking organization selling large amounts of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine in the Hartford-area. The Hartford...

Nebraska could tax escort services to hit human traffickers

Jan. 19, 2020 12:04 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A state lawmaker who has fought for years to restrict human trafficking in Nebraska is now trying to hit traffickers in the wallet with a proposed sales tax on dating and escort services. The bill introduced last week would eliminate a sales tax exemption for the services, which...

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...