Latest Drug trafficking News

Colorado closes youth center after licensing complaints

Jun. 18, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — State officials have closed a residential treatment center in Watkins for troubled children after repeated complaints of licensing violations that include runaways, drugs being smuggled into the facility, lax supervision and repeated use of restraints. The...

Authorities search for escaped federal inmate in Tennessee

Jun. 15, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal inmate imprisoned on drug charges has escaped from a minimum security facility in Tennessee, authorities said Tuesday. Cecil Corey Haggins was discovered missing from Federal Correctional Institution Memphis’ satellite camp in...

Man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on drug charges

Jun. 12, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man described in court records as a heroin and cocaine trafficking ringleader was sentenced Friday to 10 years in federal prison. The Journal Sentinel reports Joseph Copeland, 42, whose nickname was “Joe Millionaire,” was arrested in...

Wife of drug kingpin 'El Chapo' pleads guilty to US charges

Jun. 10, 2021 22:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pleaded guilty Thursday to charges in the U.S. and admitted that she helped her husband run his multibillion-dollar criminal empire. Emma Coronel Aispuro, wearing a green jail uniform,...

Louisiana guard accused of smuggling drugs into jail

Jun. 10, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A guard at a Louisiana jail has been fired and arrested after authorities said she conspired with inmates to bring drugs and other contraband into the facility. Ashley Thompson, 30, faces charges of taking contraband into a penal institution,...

Guard charged with bringing contraband in Mississippi prison

Jun. 10, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — A judge set bond Thursday for a prison guard who was arrested on charges of bringing contraband items, including methamphetamine, into Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. The Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a news release...

Crackdown on Southern California meth ring ends in arrests

Jun. 09, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A dozen people were arrested Wednesday in a crackdown on a Southern California ring that smuggled large quantities of methamphetamine from Mexico, authorities said. The 12 were among 21 people named in federal grand jury indictments charging...

Global sting began by creating message service for crooks

Jun. 08, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — When the FBI dismantled an encrypted messaging service based in Canada in 2018, agents noticed users moving to other networks. Instead of following their tracks to rivals, investigators decided on a new tactic: creating their own service. ANOM, a...

Florida man gets 30 years for drug, dogfighting conviction

Jun. 08, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A 32-year-old Florida man faces 30 years in federal prison for his role in a massive drug trafficking and dogfighting operation that led to the arrest of 20 others. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida said the group...

Amazon city shuts down amid attacks over trafficker's death

Jun. 07, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian Amazon’s biggest city ordered schools closed and suspended public transportation Monday amid a wave of vandalism and violence that has followed the death of an alleged leader of a drug trafficking ring in a shootout with police. ...