Latest Drug-related crime News

Ex-Houston cop pleads not guilty to deadly drug raid charges

Nov. 22, 2019 6:32 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A former Houston police officer has pleaded not guilty to federal charges he provided false information in a January drug raid that left two people dead and several officers injured. Gerald Goines entered his plea during a Friday court hearing. A magistrate judge didn’t immediately...

Mexico arrests judge linked by US to notorious cartel

Nov. 22, 2019 6:28 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities have arrested a judge who the U.S. Treasury Department alleges is linked to Jalisco New Generation, one of the country’s bloodiest drug cartels. Mexico’s General Council of the Judiciary had presented a complaint to federal prosecutors in May against...

Alaska man arrested after drugs found in spoiled goat guts

Nov. 22, 2019 4:20 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man found with $400,000 in illegal drugs hidden in spoiled goat intestines at an airport has been arrested. Cenen Placencia of Kodiak was arrested Wednesday at Anchorage’s international airport, authorities said. Investigators with Alaska State Troopers searched a...

Federal addiction treatment dollars off-limits for marijuana

Nov. 22, 2019 11:43 AM EST

The U.S. government is barring federal dollars meant for opioid addiction treatment to be used on medical marijuana. The move is aimed at states that allow marijuana for medical uses, particularly those letting patients with opioid addiction use pot as a treatment, said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, whose federal...

Ex-'American Idol' contestant gets nearly 4 years in prison

Nov. 21, 2019 12:30 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Antonella Barba has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for carrying nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of fentanyl. Federal authorities in Virginia said Thursday that the 32-year-old New Jersey woman got three years and nine months...

4 plead guilty in $5.4 million meth distribution conspiracy

Nov. 20, 2019 6:32 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Four people — including a mother and two of her children — have pleaded guilty in a $5.4 million conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Federal prosecutors say 67-year-old Linda Kay Ballard; her 27-year-old son, Eric Edward...

Ex-Houston officers face federal charges in deadly drug raid

Nov. 20, 2019 6:02 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Two former Houston police officers are facing federal charges accusing them of providing false information in a January drug raid that left two people dead and several officers injured, authorities said Wednesday. The federal counts follow state charges filed in the case in August, including...

Dayton gunman’s friend pleads guilty to firearms counts

Nov. 20, 2019 4:33 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A friend of a gunman who killed nine people in a rampage in Dayton has pleaded guilty to two firearms charges unrelated to the deadly mass shooting. Twenty-four-year-old Ethan Kollie pleaded Wednesday to lying on a federal firearms form and possessing a gun while using illegal drugs....

Men sentenced for shipping marijuana through Postal Service

Nov. 20, 2019 3:30 PM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Department of Justice says two West Virginia men have been sentenced for participating in a distribution scheme that involved shipping about 400 kilograms of marijuana through the U.S. Postal Service from 2013 to 2018. A news release says 44-year-old James Waylon Molinaro was...

Families of inmates who died, hurt at jail seek answers

Nov. 20, 2019 10:12 AM EST

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (AP) — Families of inmates who died or were seriously injured at a small Ohio county jail in the last year are seeking answers about what happened to their loved ones. Records obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with former inmates and family members of deceased prisoners show...