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Mexico confirms deaths of 5 Yaqui Indigenous men

Sep. 27, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — DNA tests on six sets of skeletal remains found in northern Mexico have confirmed that five of them belong to some of 10 missing men from Mexico’s most persecuted Indigenous group. The prosecutors' office in the northern state of Sonora said Monday...

Police swoop on Balkan cartel's European ‘cocaine pipeline’

Sep. 27, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Law enforcement agencies from eight European countries pounced on a Balkan crime organization allegedly running the continent's largest cocaine distribution network, making 61 arrests and seizing more than four metric tons (4.4 tons) of the drug, authorities said Monday. ...

Officials: Football hiding drugs found near prison fence

Sep. 27, 2021 09:17 AM EDT

HOFFMAN, N.C. (AP) — Corrections officers at a North Carolina prison found a football filled with drugs near a prison fence last week, officials said. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said in a news release that staffers at Morrison Correctional...

Mexican soldiers discover 43-acre marijuana farm in north

Sep. 26, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers found a 43-acre (17.4-hectare) marijuana farm in the northern border state of Chihuahua, the army said Sunday. The army said the fields were capable of producing about 11 tons (22,000 kilograms) of marijuana. The fields were found in...

At least 16 indicted after federal firearms sweep in Iowa

Sep. 25, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — At least 16 people in eastern Iowa were charged with gun crimes after a two-day sweep by federal authorities this week. Grand juries met Wednesday through Friday in the U.S. District Court for Northern Iowa and issued the indictments, the...

Massachusetts considers allowing supervised drug-use sites

Sep. 25, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Proposals to let Massachusetts create sites where people could use illegal drugs in the presence of staff trained in helping to reverse overdoses will be the focus of a daylong virtual hearing Monday at the Statehouse. One of the...

Autopsy: Actor Michael K. Williams died of drug intoxication

Sep. 24, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Michael K. Williams died of acute drug intoxication in what New York City's medical examiner said Friday was an accidental death. Williams, known for playing Omar Little on “The Wire” and an Emmy Award nominee this year, had fentanyl,...

Nebraska drug deaths traced to state patrol evidence locker

Sep. 24, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An investigation into a spate of drug overdose deaths in the Lincoln area was traced back to fentanyl-laced cocaine stolen from a Nebraska State Patrol evidence locker, leading to two arrests, authorities announced Friday. Lincoln police and the...

'BMF' series explores climb of '80s drug kingpin 'Big Meech'

Sep. 24, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson remembered hearing stories about how two brothers emerged from rough inner-city Detroit streets to become wealthy drug kingpins and eventually embraced by hip-hop culture. Jackson heard Demetrius “Big Meech”...

Police: $10 debt led to fatal shooting on Kansas City street

Sep. 24, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man has been charged in the fatal shooting of another man on a Kansas City street — a shooting investigators say stemmed from a dispute over a $10 debt. Court records show Brandon Johnson, 34, was charged Thursday with second-degree murder...