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Judge scolds convicted fentanyl dealer, hands down sentence

Jan. 16, 2020 4:58 PM EST

A federal judge handed down a 35-year-sentence on Thursday to a man convicted of dealing fentanyl, scolding him for being motivated by “pure greed.” The remarks by U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett came as he sentenced Paul Alexander, 47, of Hanover, The Baltimore Sun reported. Alexander was...

37 charged in Puerto Rico to Wisconsin drug smuggling case

Jan. 16, 2020 4:32 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged 37 people accused of sending cocaine and other drugs from Puerto Rico to Wisconsin and elsewhere in the country using the U.S. Postal Service, authorities said Thursday. The United States Attorney's Office in Eastern Wisconsin said the drugs were sold in...

Man gets over 6 years in prison for trafficking fentanyl

Jan. 15, 2020 8:49 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison for trafficking fentanyl in New Hampshire. Court documents said Henry Marte, 22, of Lawrence, was part of a group that sold the drug to customers throughout New England. Prosecutors said Marte distributed 200-gram bags...

Massachusetts man indicted in drug-related death

Jan. 14, 2020 2:21 PM EST

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been indicted in a drug-related death in New Hampshire in 2017, officials said Tuesday. Santo Baez-Arias, 40, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of dispensing or selling fentanyl resulting in the death of Joseph Bragg of...

FILE - In this June 5, 2019 file photo former critical care doctor William Husel, center, pleads not guilty to murder charges while appearing with defense attorney Richard Blake, right, in Franklin County Court in Columbus, Ohio. This week marks a year since an Ohio hospital system announced a doctor ordered excessive painkillers for dozens of patients who then died. William Husel pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the deaths of 25 patients in the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko, File)

Amid doc's murder case, lawsuits reflect battle over blame

Jan. 14, 2020 12:57 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In the year since an Ohio hospital system announced an intensive care doctor had ordered excessive painkillers for dozens of patients who then died, the allegations led to murder charges against him, lawsuits, firings and potential disciplinary action for some of his colleagues. As...

16-year-old California girl died from accidental overdose

Jan. 14, 2020 10:39 AM EST

WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — A 16-year-old girl found unresponsive outside a Southern California apartment complex died from an accidental drug overdose, an autopsy determined. Witnesses reported seeing a car pull up and two people carry Aleyah Toscano out, leaving her on the ground last September in Whittier....

Ex-nurse gets 5 years for exposing patients to hepatitis C

Jan. 13, 2020 8:53 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah nurse who stole painkillers and infected several patients with hepatitis C has been sentenced to five years in prison. The Salt Lake Tribune reports 53-year-old Elet Neilson was sentenced Monday after previously pleading guilty in federal court to tampering with a...

Tennessee lawmakers wrestle with a scathing audit of prisons

Jan. 13, 2020 8:36 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's correction agency failed to provide adequate oversight to ensure the safety of the state's inmates and public, a scathing new audit has found. The report has sparked alarm among state lawmakers, many of whom raised concerns on Monday about the 18 negative findings and...

Drug dealers sentenced in cases involving fatal overdoses

Jan. 11, 2020 4:49 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two drug dealers have been sentenced in Delaware to federal prison terms after being convicted in separate cases involving fatal overdoses. Thirty-one-year-old Donte Jacobs of New Castle County, Delaware, was sentenced Friday to 24 years in prison. Thirty-three-year-old Wilson...

Delaware court reinstates sanctions against pain doctor

Jan. 11, 2020 2:38 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Supreme Court has affirmed a medical licensing board's decision to discipline a doctor for misconduct involving the use of opioid painkillers to treat a patient struggling with heroin addiction. The justices on Wednesday overturned a Superior Court judge's decision that...