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US sanctions Mexican international cartel lieutenant

Jan. 30, 2023 18:29 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions Monday on an international operator for the Sinaloa drug cartel whose activities span the globe. The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control blocked any U.S. properties of José Angel Rivera Zazueta and two...

Doctor gets nearly 17 years in prison for vast opioid scheme

Jan. 30, 2023 15:16 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area doctor was sentenced Monday to nearly 17 years in prison and ordered to pay $30 million for leading a scheme to bill Medicare and private insurers for unnecessary painkiller injections and write prescriptions for millions of opioids. Frank Patino's...

Experts urge better opioid rescue drug access to save lives

Jan. 29, 2023 10:24 AM EST

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Jessie Blanchard started small nearly five years ago, just trying to get enough of the rescue drug naloxone that reverses opioid overdoses to keep her daughter from dying from an overdose. She pleaded with colleagues at the college where she’s an adjunct...

DEA Mexico chief quietly ousted over ties to drug lawyers

Jan. 27, 2023 20:17 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration quietly ousted its former top official in Mexico last year over improper contact with lawyers for narcotraffickers, an embarrassing end to a brief tenure marked by deteriorating cooperation between the countries and a record flow of cocaine,...

Drug trafficker sentenced in overdose, dismemberment case

Jan. 26, 2023 19:12 PM EST

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A convicted drug trafficker who helped dismember and bury the body of a West Virginia woman in Georgia following a fatal overdose was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison Thursday. Seddrick Banks, 30, of Cartersville, Georgia, was sentenced in federal...

San Diego man gets 13 years in teen's fentanyl death

Jan. 26, 2023 18:32 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man who sold fentanyl-laced pills that killed a 15-year-old San Diego County boy was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in federal prison. Kaylar Junior Tawan Beltranlap, 21, of San Diego was sentenced for distributing fentanyl in the form of counterfeit oxycodone...

La Crosse police investigating 9 recent fatal drug overdoses

Jan. 25, 2023 15:26 PM EST

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — La Crosse police are investigating nine recent drug overdose deaths amid concerns that a powerful animal tranquilizer may be present in the local illicit opioid supply. The La Crosse Police Department, the city's mayor, Gundersen Health System and Tri-State...

Chemicals for possible fentanyl production seized in Arizona

Jan. 19, 2023 21:50 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. agents in southern Arizona said Thursday they seized up to 440 pounds (about 200 kilograms) of what they suspect is a precursor chemical often used to manufacture the dangerous drug fentanyl, a chilling sign that producers may be moving to manufacture the deadly synthetic...

US settlement signals protections for addiction medicine

Jan. 19, 2023 16:07 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee correctional officer will receive $160,000 in back pay and damages after he was forced to resign for taking Suboxone to treat his opioid use disorder, if a judge approves a landmark consent decree filed in federal court in Nashville on Wednesday. ...

2 treated for likely fentanyl exposure at Oregon school

Jan. 18, 2023 19:06 PM EST

WILLAMINA, Ore. (AP) — A student and a deputy were treated at a hospital Tuesday after they likely were exposed to fentanyl at an Oregon middle school, authorities said. The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Wednesday that one of their deputies on Tuesday went...