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Family says Texas player died of accidental overdose

Oct. 21, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, died of a an accidental drug overdose caused by fentanyl, the family said Thursday. Jake Ehlinger, 20, was found on May 6. No cause of death was...

12 pounds of fentanyl seized in San Francisco drug bust

Oct. 21, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A drug bust by federal agents and San Francisco police netted 12.5 pounds (5.7 kilograms) of the deadly narcotic fentanyl and charges against 18 people suspected of supplying drug dealing operations in the city's troubled Tenderloin neighborhood, authorities announced...

Tennessee doctor sentenced in opioid overdose death

Oct. 20, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee doctor who pleaded guilty to causing the overdose death of a patient by illegally prescribing the painkiller hydrocodone has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. Thomas K. Ballard III was one of 53 medical professionals in the...

Rhode Island man pleads guilty to drug trafficking charges

Oct. 18, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence man who tried to sell a large amount of fentanyl and heroin while under surveillance by law enforcement pleaded guilty Monday to drug trafficking charges, federal prosecutors said. Josimar Delacruz-Reyes, 31, was under investigation...

Rhode Island man sentenced in North Dakota fentanyl case

Oct. 17, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Rhode Island man accused by prosecutors of having a “leadership role” an international fentanyl trafficking operation has been sentenced in North Dakota to 33 years in federal prison. Steven Pinto, also known as Yeaboy, is one of more than 30...

Former firefighter pleads guilty in wife's overdose death

Oct. 16, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former North Las Vegas firefighter awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to manslaughter in his wife's drug overdose death last year. Christopher Candito, 33, pleaded guilty Friday under a plea agreement that includes dismissal of a second-degree...

Former Ky. coroner charged with distributing opioids

Oct. 15, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky coroner has been indicted on federal charges of distributing oxycodone and oxycontin. A federal grand jury returned the charges against David W. Suetholz, 73, on Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's office said. Suetholz was the elected...

Man suspected of causing DUI death hours after fentanyl OD

Oct. 14, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of causing a fatal DUI crash that occurred just hours after he left a hospital for treatment of a fentanyl overdose, authorities said Thursday. Kyu Chen died in the crash around 4 a.m. on...

Man pleads guilty in drug-related death in St. Charles

Oct. 14, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Charles man faces sentencing in January after pleading guilty to federal charges in connection with a drug overdose death. Keith Kos Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of distribution of fentanyl and methamphetamine, possession with intent to...

Judge: Purdue Pharma can resume groundwork on its settlement

Oct. 13, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

A federal judge on Wednesday allowed Purdue Pharma to resume its work carrying out the recent $10 billion settlement plan that allowed the Oxycontin maker to emerge from bankruptcy. The decision from U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon denied a request from an arm...