Latest Drug-related crime News

Hemp could be big in Minnesota if it overcomes legal hurdles

Oct. 20, 2018 1:06 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — John Strohfus is rehabilitating the outlaw of Minnesota agriculture. "People think this is new," said Strohfus, as he sifted hemp seed through his fingers at his Afton farm. "But the only thing new is that farmers can grow it now." Farmers like Strohfus are tiptoeing into the hemp...

Man accused of killing wife with drug-laced ice cream

Oct. 19, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington man faces charges of killing his wife by lacing her ice cream with a lethal dose of pain medication. The Spokesman-Review reports David Pettis of Cheney appeared in Spokane County District Court on Thursday after he was arrested Wednesday by Spokane County Sheriff's...

Utah man charged in death linked to alleged opioid drug ring

Oct. 19, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man accused of running a multimillion operation selling powerful opioids disguised as prescription drugs has been charged in an overdose death and other counts in a new indictment that comes as his co-defendants plead guilty in agreements with prosecutors. A person identified...

Staff drug exposure problem prompts prisons to screen books

Oct. 19, 2018 10:37 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Corrections Department announced Friday it will screen books donated to state prison inmates for drugs as part of its response to a sharp rise in the number of employees seeking medical care for suspected exposure to synthetic marijuana. The agency told The...

Unsealed report alleges police mishandled drug investigation

Oct. 19, 2018 9:53 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police mishandled an investigation into drug dealing by recruiters with the Alaska National Guard, a recently unsealed report claims. A federal judge unsealed a redacted version of the confidential city-funded investigative report Tuesday after the Anchorage Daily News...

Deputies cleared of wrongdoing in home invasion, fatal fire

Oct. 18, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors have cleared Ada County Sheriff's deputies who shot at a Nampa man before he broke into a Boise house, set it on fire and died in the blaze. Pavel Florea had extremely high levels of methamphetamine when he also pointed a shotgun at deputies on Sept. 27, 2017, according to a...

Michael Vick's father gets 5 years for drug-ring role

Oct. 18, 2018 11:20 AM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The father of former pro-football star Michael Vick has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in a drug ring. News outlets report 56-year-old Michael Dwayne Boddie was sentenced Wednesday, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin in June. He...

US designates suspected Colombian trafficker as drug kingpin

Oct. 18, 2018 11:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has slapped sanctions on a Colombian man with ties to the South American country's largest rebel group who allegedly controls a narcotics trafficking corridor in northern Colombia. The Treasury Department designated Pedro Luis Zuleta Noscue as a drug kingpin. The move announced...

Vermont police continue homicide and drug investigations

Oct. 18, 2018 11:09 AM EDT

WATERFORD, Vt. (AP) — Police in Vermont continue to investigate the shooting death of a man who was the focus of a heroin distribution investigation. The Caledonian-Record reports Michael Pimental's body was found Sunday on the side of a rural road in Concord. According to an autopsy, the 37-year-old...

Dad charged sons' drownings can get treatment in custody

Oct. 18, 2018 10:12 AM EDT

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A judge says the father of two Indiana boys who drowned in a river can get mental health and drug treatment while in custody, rather than be released to participate in a drug treatment program. Lake County Judge Samuel Cappas on Wednesday denied a request for lower bond on behalf...