Latest Drug-related crime News

Emotion run high in Minnesota debate on legalizing marijuana

Jan. 16, 2019 2:18 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Emotions ran high as debate kicked off at the state Capitol on Wednesday on whether Minnesota should legalize recreational marijuana. Marijuana supporters heckled opponents of legalization during a news conference that ended in a shouting match. "The current science does not support...

First medical marijuana sold in Ohio as dispensaries open

Jan. 16, 2019 12:37 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — One of the first, if not the first, person to purchase medical marijuana in Ohio on Wednesday morning thinks the much-anticipated opening of dispensaries is a "great day" for the state. "I think it's a big win for patients in Ohio," said Joan Caleodis, who has primary progressive multiple...

Heroin dealer to spend more than a decade in prison

Jan. 16, 2019 12:27 PM EST

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — A Haitian national who pleaded guilty to dealing heroin in the greater Norwalk area for most of the past decade has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. Charles Thelusma was sentenced Monday in federal court and has been detained without bond since his arrest in 2017. The 44-year-old...

Federal agents seize cocaine shipped from Puerto Rico

Jan. 16, 2019 11:51 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities have intercepted more than 30 pounds (14 kilograms) of cocaine shipped from Puerto Rico to Connecticut. According to court documents unsealed Monday, U.S. Postal Service and Drug Enforcement Administration agents working an eight-month investigation tracked 60...

3 arrested, drugs seized, at party bus rental company

Jan. 16, 2019 10:50 AM EST

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Police say they arrested three people and seized cocaine and fentanyl during a raid on a Massachusetts party bus rental company. Police executing a search warrant raided Tex Era Rental LLC in Brockton on Tuesday and say they found 270 grams of cocaine and 64 grams of fentanyl. Most...

Drug suspect charged after deadly Missouri police shooting

Jan. 16, 2019 9:14 AM EST

LEADWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed charges against a drug suspect after a SWAT team member fatally shot the owner of the home where the man had been staying while executing a search warrant. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 32-year-old Garry William Triplett is charged with three counts of...

Prosecutor: Drug maker pushed OxyContin despite danger signs

Jan. 16, 2019 8:55 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition," according to court documents filed Tuesday. The details were...

Drug trafficker tells of bribe to ex-president of Mexico

Jan. 15, 2019 6:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Colombian drug trafficker testified Tuesday that Mexican cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman boasted about paying a $100 million bribe to the former president of Mexico to call off a manhunt for the notorious kingpin. Alex Cifuentes spoke about the alleged bribe to former President...

The Latest: Graham says Barr will 'do well' in Senate vote

Jan. 15, 2019 6:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee believes the president's pick for attorney general will "do well" in a confirmation vote before the Senate. Republican Sen. Lindsey...

West Virginia: Proposal to give $10M for Trump's border wall

Jan. 15, 2019 6:42 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some lawmakers in drug-ravaged West Virginia want to pitch in millions of dollars for President Donald Trump's wall-building effort along the U.S.-Mexico border. The GOP-led House of Delegates issued a statement Monday that a bill planned by three delegates would divert $10 million...