Latest Drug-related crime News

2nd suspect pleads guilty in Springfield drug killing

Jun. 20, 2018 7:32 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A second person has pleaded guilty to his role in the killing of a teenager during a botched drug deal. The Republican reports that 18-year-old Charles Sierra pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hampden Superior Court to second-degree murder and other charges in the March 2016 shooting of...

Investigation continues into Bismarck restaurant complex

Jun. 20, 2018 7:03 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Police say they're continuing their investigation into a collection of restaurants in downtown Bismarck that have recently closed. Officers searched the complex in April looking for controlled substances and signs of drug trafficking. No arrests have been made. But, Sgt. Mike Bolme...

Feds seek death penalty against Alaska man in 2016 deaths

Jun. 19, 2018 9:50 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a 32-year-old Alaska man charged with crimes that resulted in the deaths of two people. Prosecutors filed a notice Tuesday to seek the death penalty against John Pearl Smith II if he's convicted of federal drug trafficking and...

Unworn seatbelt leads to drug bust in Texas Panhandle

Jun. 19, 2018 7:41 PM EDT

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a traffic stop prompted by an unworn seatbelt led them to about 60 pounds of methamphetamine in a vehicle headed for North Carolina. Federal court records filed Monday in Amarillo show three people have been charged after the weekend traffic stop in the Texas...

Venezuela's socialist boss to head Constitutional Assembly

Jun. 19, 2018 6:16 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's all-powerful National Constitutional Assembly has named as its new chief a man deemed by U.S. officials to be an international drug trafficker. Socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello took the oath as the assembly's president Tuesday. The international community...

NYPD will start using summonses, not arrests, for marijuana

Jun. 19, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lighting up a joint in the Big Apple could lighten some wallets, but won't lead to handcuffs in most cases once New York City's revamped marijuana enforcement policy goes into effect on Labor Day weekend. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday police officers will shift to issuing criminal...

Maryland man convicted of gang related crimes

Jun. 19, 2018 5:28 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man has been convicted of conspiring to take part in a racketeering enterprise as part of a gang. WJZ-TV cites a U.S. Department of Justice release that says 25-year-old Lamont Jones was also convicted Tuesday of conspiring to distribute narcotics. Court documents say Jones was...

Man sentenced to 3 years for selling crack

Jun. 19, 2018 5:22 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for distributing crack. Prosecutors say 30-year-old Jason Walker of Ansonia has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer on Tuesday to three years of imprisonment and five years of supervised release...

Irish LB Coney pleads guilty to marijuana possession

Jun. 19, 2018 4:46 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame senior middle linebacker Te'von Coney pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana Tuesday and was given a year of probation for an incident that happened nearly two years ago. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wayne Steele accepted a plea deal and put Coney on probation...

Officials: Man pleads guilty to assault on DEA officers

Jun. 19, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Mexico says a Texas man has pleaded guilty to assaulting Drug Enforcement Administration officers in Albuquerque. The 24-year-old Kingsley Ufembou Akendeu, of Lubbock, Texas, entered his plea Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque. Akendeu entered...