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Alleged Mexican drug cartel boss charged in California

Sep. 22, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An alleged top lieutenant of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel has been accused of helping smuggle tons of methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin and other drugs into the United States, federal authorities said Wednesday. A 2018 indictment by a federal grand jury...

Honduras' president at U.N. denies ties to drug trafficking

Sep. 22, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a bizarre speech to the UN General Assembly, Honduras’ president defended his crimefighting chops and hinted that convicted drug traffickers testifying against him in the U.S. were doing so in exchange for favorable treatment. President Juan...

R. Kelly's rules protected him, prosecutors in sex trial say

Sep. 22, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly got away with sexually abusing underage victims for more than two decades by ruling his inner circle enablers with an iron fist, a prosecutor told jurors on Wednesday at the R&B singer’s sex-trafficking trial. “The defendant set rules,...

Grand jury formally charges Florida man in family slaying

Sep. 22, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of massacring a Florida family under the delusion that they were child sex traffickers has been formally charged with four counts of first-degree murder. Court documents show a grand jury's 22-count indictment was filed Tuesday...

NJ man pleads guilty to illegally trying to ship lizards

Sep. 21, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has admitted illegally trying to send 10 live lizards to Hong Kong. Jason Ksepka pleaded guilty in federal court in Trenton on Tuesday to falsely labeling an international shipment of wildlife from Lambertville in November 2017. ...

Former teacher to plead guilty to human trafficking

Sep. 21, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former high school teacher who was accused of soliciting sexual activity from a minor in exchange for money and manufacturing and possessing child sexual abuse images is planning to enter a guilty plea to a human trafficking charge, according to a court document filed...

Lawyer: R. Kelly unlikely to take stand in trafficking trial

Sep. 21, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly is unlikely to take the witness stand at his sex-trafficking trial, a lawyer for the R&B singer told a judge Tuesday. The remark by attorney Deveraux Cannick, made with the jury out the courtroom, came as the defense wound down its case at...

R Kelly prosecutors rest; defense calls on singer's allies

Sep. 20, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors at the R. Kelly sex trafficking trial ended their case Monday after calling dozens of witnesses over the past month who detailed the government’s sweeping allegations against the singer in lurid detail. The defense began its case later in...

Sioux Falls man convicted in meth case sentenced to 20 years

Sep. 19, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, SD. (AP) — Authorities say a Sioux Falls man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after he was convicted for dealing large quantities of methamphetamine. Christopher Walker, 50, was indicted by a federal grand jury in January on a charge of conspiracy...

Mississippi develops website for reporting human trafficking

Sep. 19, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi has developed a website for people to report suspected cases of human trafficking and find help for victims. There were 214 reports of suspected human trafficking in Mississippi from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020, according to...