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Arrest after huge fentanyl seizure in Southern California

Oct. 20, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities say 18 pounds (8 kilograms) of fentanyl have been seized in Orange County — enough of the synthetic opioid to create four million lethal doses. The Orange County Register reports the seizure last week yielded almost half the amount of fentanyl...

Prosecutors: Trade war opens doors For Mexican drug cartels

Oct. 20, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials in Oregon say they've uncovered an elaborate scheme to convert Mexican drug profits from sales in the United States back into pesos using Chinese citizens who seek to circumvent their country's banking laws. The Mexican drug cartels are taking...

Hondurans call for president to step down after drug verdict

Oct. 19, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Opposition groups called Saturday for more protests to demand that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández be removed from office after his younger brother was convicted of drug trafficking in a New York court. Thousands of Hondurans protested into the early hours of the...

In many parts of Mexico, government ceded battle to cartels

Oct. 19, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

EL AGUAJE, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican city of Culiacan lived under drug cartel terror for 12 hours as gang members forced the government to free a drug lord's son, but in many parts of Mexico, the government ceded the battle to the gangs long ago. The massive, rolling gunbattle in Culiacan, capital of...

Meth crisis rising in Wisconsin amid effort to fight opioids

Oct. 19, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jess Przybylski had never really dealt with loss. Then the father of her children was killed in a car crash. In 2011, her friends offered her methamphetamine to distract from the grief. Soon after, Przybylski lost her job. Her two children were taken from her once, then once more when she...

Mexico says Trump shows 'solidarity' after suspect freed

Oct. 19, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Saturday he received a phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump to express "solidarity" over the events this week in the northern Mexican city of Culiacan, where the government backed off from an attempt to arrest a drug...

Man sentenced for selling drugs at VA hospital

Oct. 19, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine at a Massachusetts veterans' hospital has avoided additional prison time. Federal prosecutors say 59-year-old Michael Sexton was sentenced Friday to time already served — about two months— and two years of probation. The Bedford...

Israelis rally in support of woman imprisoned in Russia

Oct. 19, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — About 200 Israelis are demonstrating in Tel Aviv in solidarity with an Israeli woman imprisoned in Russia on drug charges. The demonstrators chanted and held signs reading "Free Naama" in Hebrew, Russian and English. Naama Issachar, 26, was arrested in Moscow airport in April on her...

2 charged in triple homicide during drug deal in Missouri

Oct. 19, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two people are charged in the deaths of three people who police say were shot during a drug deal at a Kansas City, Missouri, home. The Kansas City Star reports that Jackson County prosecutors on Friday charged 35-year-old Lynnsey Jones and 43-year-old Victor Sykes each with three...

Opioid negotiations fail to produce deal just before trial

Oct. 19, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

Negotiations aimed at reaching a major settlement in the nation's opioid litigation reached an impasse Friday. Key differences were between state attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments, rather than with the drugmakers and distributors they are suing. One of the negotiators, North Carolina...