Latest Drug trafficking News

Colombia's most wanted drug lord captured in jungle raid

Oct. 23, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian security forces have captured the country’s most wanted drug trafficker, a rural warlord who stayed on the run for more than a decade by corrupting state officials and aligning himself with combatants on the left and right. President...

Colombian authorities announce capture of Dairo Antonio Úsuga, one of country’s most wanted drug traffickers.

Oct. 23, 2021 19:34 PM EDT
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities announce capture of Dairo Antonio Úsuga, one of country’s most wanted drug traffickers.

Authorities seize nearly 63 pounds of cocaine in Sioux Falls

Oct. 23, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities seized almost 63 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop in Sioux Falls. Police and the South Dakota Highway Patrol say it’s likely the largest amount of cocaine seized in the city in recent history. The Argus...

State police: evidence of potential human trafficking found

Oct. 22, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police and federal investigators found evidence of potential human trafficking while searching two Rutland residences suspected of drug trafficking activity on Friday, police said. Police had received indicators that women might be...

Spanish court rules to extradite Venezuela spy chief to US

Oct. 20, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Wednesday ordered the extradition of a former Venezuelan spy chief to the United States where he is wanted on charges of drug trafficking and belonging to a terror organization. Retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who for more than a decade...

Ecuador's president decrees state of emergency over crime

Oct. 18, 2021 23:04 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Guillermo Lasso decreed a state of emergency Monday to confront drug trafficking and other crimes in Ecuador, saying the military and police will take to the streets to provide security. In a national broadcast, the president said that...

Pair indicted in hostage-taking death of San Diego teen

Oct. 18, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two Mexican nationals have been indicted on drug-trafficking and hostage-taking charges in connection with the killing of a San Diego teenager in Mexico. Prosecutors say the 19-year-old victim, identified in court papers only by his initials, stole...

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...

More than 5 tons of cocaine seized in Atlantic operation

Oct. 18, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — An international police operation has seized 5.2 metric tons (5.73 short tons) of cocaine with a street value estimated at around 200 million euros ($232 million) on a yacht in the Atlantic Ocean, authorities said Monday. Portuguese police said...

Philippine forces kill 4 suspected Chinese drug dealers

Oct. 18, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine law enforcers backed by troops killed four suspected Chinese drug dealers who opened fire at them during a sting operation on Monday, the national police chief said. He said more than 262 million pesos ($5.2 million) worth of methamphetamines were...