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U.S. Attorney General William Barr, center, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, right and a Georgia Center for Child Advocacy staff member listen during a tour on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Barr announces $100M more to combat human trafficking

Sep. 21, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr says the federal government is awarding more than $100 million in grants to target human trafficking. The money will go to task forces combatting human trafficking, to victim services and victim housing. Barr made the announcement Monday in Atlanta with...

North Macedonia: 61 migrants held following police raids

Sep. 21, 2020 8:26 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have detained 61 migrants and arrested five suspected traffickers following highway checks and raids on Sunday and Monday. Thirty migrants from Afghanistan, Syria, and Somalia were found hidden in a truck near the central city of Veles. The...

2 adults, 1 teen accused in prison drug smuggling plot

Sep. 20, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) — Two adults and a teenager have been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into a southern Michigan prison, according to Michigan State Police. The alleged plot at Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater was discovered on Saturday, authorities said. Prison officials...

FILE - In this March 23, 2016 file photo, a foreign worker unloads fish from a U.S. fishing vessel at Pier 38 in Honolulu. On Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 the Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments on the legality of issuing licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii's longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable labor practices.(AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

Hawaii court hears case on legality of foreign fishing labor

Sep. 18, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Friday on the legality of granting licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii’s longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable...

Mexico catches American smuggling in 13,000 rounds of ammo

Sep. 17, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Thursday it caught a U.S. citizen trying to smuggling 13,000 rounds of ammunition at a border crossing in Nogales, across the border from Nogales Arizona. Mexico’s National Guard said Thursday that officers and customs authorities were checking...

Paraguayan ex-politician, husband plead guilty in conspiracy

Sep. 17, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former member of Paraguay’s Congress and her husband have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering, U.S. authorities announced. Cynthia Elizabeth Tarragó Diaz, 41, and her husband Raimundo Va, 45, agreed to accept at least $2 million in U.S. currency from...

Italian-led investigation busts ethnic Albanian crime gang

Sep. 17, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A meticulously coordinated police operation in 10 countries has smashed an ethnic Albanian-organized crime syndicate that smuggled cocaine from South America into Europe and led to the arrest of 20 suspects, the EU's police agency announced Thursday. The gang, known as...

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...

3 charged in shooting of man found dead on roadside in 2018

Sep. 16, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

CONCORD, Vt. (AP) — Three people are facing charges in the fatal shooting of a man found dead on a rural road in Concord, Vermont, two years ago. The girlfriend of victim Michael Pimental, Krystal Whitcomb, 28, of Waterford, John Welch, 34, of Woodsville, New Hampshire, and Michael “Moe”...

Jack Bennett, acting assistant director of the FBI Los Angeles field office, announces federal charges against 25 defendants accused of illegal drugs and firearms offenses at a news conference in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)

FBI task force targets drugs, gun sales from Asian gangs

Sep. 15, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities arrested 18 people who have ties to Asian gangs operating in Southern California that illegally sold drugs and guns as part of an 18-month investigation, federal officials said Tuesday. The probe into the Black Dragons, Wah Ching and Asian Boyz gangs was based on their...