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US basketball star Griner due in Russian court

Jun. 27, 2022 03:45 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — More than four months after she was arrested at a Moscow airport for cannabis possession, American basketball star Brittney Griner is to appear in court Monday for a preliminary hearing ahead of her trial. The Phoenix Mercury star, considered in some polls to be the...

6 police officers killed in northern Mexico ambush

Jun. 26, 2022 22:39 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Six police officers were killed and four others wounded Sunday in the northern Mexico border state of Nuevo Leon after they were ambushed by a presumed drug gang equipped with 10 home-made armored cars and heavy weaponry. Nuevo Leon state police said the patrol...

Houston man gets life in prison after fatally shooting 3 men

Jun. 26, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston man has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting four men, including three who were killed, in the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad, according to prosecutors. A jury in Harris County last week found Joshua Kelsey, 37, guilty of three counts of murder...

Southern California man caught with 24 kilos of fentanyl

Jun. 25, 2022 11:39 AM EDT

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — A suspected Southern California drug dealer was caught with 24 kilos of fentanyl in his car and home, along with $250,000 worth of fentanyl pills, prosecutors said. The 60-year-old suspect was arrested following a traffic stop on Wednesday during which...

Intl court prosecutor seeks to reactivate Philippines probe

Jun. 24, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Friday he has asked judges for authorization to resume his investigation “as quickly as possible” into the so-called war on drugs in the Philippines. Judges last September authorized Prosecutor Karim...

NC woman gets nearly 6 years for supplying guns to gang

Jun. 24, 2022 08:25 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for trying to buy firearms on behalf of gang members who she helped sell drugs, according to a federal prosecutor. U.S. Attorney Michael F. Easley Jr. said in a news release that Vernisha...

Prosecutor: 4 police, up to 8 suspects killed in west Mexico

Jun. 23, 2022 23:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Four police officers were shot to death after being drawn into an ambush in western Mexico, and as many as eight suspected attackers were killed in a gunbattle with other police who rushed to the site, authorites said Thursday. Luis Joaquín Méndez, chief...

Authorities: Drug suspect guns down guard at Arkansas jail

Jun. 23, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

PERRYVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A man being booked into a central Arkansas jail on drug charges pulled out a gun and fatally shot a guard before someone disarmed him, authorities said Thursday. Jeremiah Story, a 21-year-old detention officer at the Perry County jail in Perryville, about 35...

EXPLAINER: What led to priests being killed in Mexico?

Jun. 23, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two Jesuit priests and a tour guide murdered in Mexico’s Sierra Tarahumara this week are the latest in a long line of activists, reporters, travelers and local residents who have been threatened or killed by criminal gangs that dominate the region. The Revs....

Head of drug trafficking ring gets 15-year prison sentence

Jun. 23, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

The leader of a large-scale drug trafficking organization that imported millions of doses of cocaine and fentanyl to several U.S. states has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, federal authorities in Rhode Island said. Juni Rafael Jimenez-Martinez, 47, a Dominican national who had...