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195 arrested in vast international human trafficking sweep

Apr. 09, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Interpol says police in Africa and Europe arrested 195 people and rescued nearly 500 victims of human trafficking in a vast crackdown on criminal networks led by the France-based international law enforcement agency. Interpol said in a statement Friday...

Howard Weitzman, lawyer for Jackson, Bieber, DeLorean, dies

Apr. 08, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Howard Weitzman, an attorney whose clients included Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, and auto maker John DeLorean, has died. He was 81. Weitzman died Wednesday in the Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles after a brief illness, his wife, Margaret...

North Macedonia crime ring sold passports to criminals

Apr. 07, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Nine officials in North Macedonia's interior ministry were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of illegally issuing passports to overseas criminals. Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski told reporters the suspects worked in the ministry’s...

Man sought in 2018 quadruple homicide arrested

Apr. 07, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — Federal authorities have announced the arrest in Florida of a fugitive wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of four men in an eastern Pennsylvania row house more than three years ago. FBI Tampa SWAT personnel took 31-year-old Pedro...

Prison guard charged in drug smuggling scheme

Apr. 06, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A federal prison guard in Florida has been accused of participating in a scheme to smuggle drugs into a facility, officials said. A federal grand jury in Ocala returned an indictment last week against Wayne Grant Jr., who's charged with receipt of a...

Colombia midfielder Viafara gets 11 years on US drug charge

Apr. 01, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — A former midfielder for Colombia’s national soccer team has been sentenced in a Texas courtroom to more than 11 years in prison for drug trafficking, according to U.S. prosecutors. Jhon Viafara was sentenced during a hearing in federal court in...

Ex-Olympic silver medalist Baggaley guilty of drug importing

Apr. 01, 2021 03:35 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Former two-time Olympic silver medalist canoeist Nathan Baggaley and his younger brother have been found guilty of plotting to smuggle 200 million Australian dollars ($150 million) worth of cocaine into Australia. The 45-year-old Baggaley and...

4 people charged in gun ring in New Jersey

Mar. 31, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Four residents were indicted on charges they trafficked guns into New Jersey as part of a gun ring that led to the shooting death of a toddler in 2019, the state's Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Wednesday. The defendants were arrested in...

AG lawsuit: closed driving school owes students $1 million

Mar. 27, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is suing a now-closed driving school for failing to refund more than $1 million to students after its owner was arrested on drug trafficking charges. Healey's office filed the lawsuit against North Andover Auto...

Prosecutor: Ex-public defender employee indicted

Mar. 27, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a former Missouri public defender employee on charges that she smuggled heroin into a state prison. The indictment returned Friday says that 43-year-old Juliane Colby, of Shawnee, Kansas, hid the drugs in 2019...