Latest Drug-related crime News

Man who helped kidnap storage warehouse manager gets 5 years

Jan. 23, 2020 10:20 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of two men who kidnapped a Public Storage warehouse manager at gunpoint, mistakenly thinking the manager had stolen their nearly 500 pounds of marijuana, was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones issued the sentence for Trent...

Second man charged in Kansas City Snapchat drug deal

Jan. 23, 2020 9:35 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A second man has been charged in a fatal Kansas City shooting during a marijuana deal that was arranged over Snapchat. Twenty-one-year-old Damarco Watkins, of Independence was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder, robbery, assault, unlawful use of a firearm and three counts...

Wanted man who hid in pipe dies from suspected hypothermia

Jan. 23, 2020 7:32 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — A sheriff's office in Virginia says a man wanted on drug charges hid in a drainage pipe during a standoff and then died from what appeared to be hypothermia. A drug task force was trying to arrest Alberto Jose Cornejo-Alvarez, 38, on multiple felony warrants Monday night when he...

Man charged with trading heroin for grenade launchers

Jan. 22, 2020 9:07 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. citizen living in Tijuana is charged in federal court in Los Angeles with allegedly trading heroin and fentanyl for guns and grenade launchers, federal officials said Wednesday. Pedro Roberto Hernandez-Gomez, 31, faces multiple charges including possessing machine guns,...

This undated booking photo from the Washoe County Sheriff's Office shows Reginald Dean Miller. Miller, 39, who pleaded guilty in Reno, Nev., to drug trafficking and threatening a witness, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Miller, of Stockton, Calif., pleaded guilty in November to preventing or dissuading a witness from testifying at his pending trial on a charge of trafficking methamphetamine and heroin. Washoe County District Judge Lynne Simons said at last week's sentencing he must serve at least four years in prison before he's eligible for parole. (Washoe County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Drug-trafficker in Reno who threatened witness gets 10 years

Jan. 22, 2020 5:50 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 39-year-old California man who pleaded guilty in Reno to drug trafficking and threatening a witness has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Reginald Miller of Stockton pleaded guilty in November to preventing or dissuading a witness from testifying at his pending trial on a charge of...

Missouri lawmakers push long prison sentences for fentanyl

Jan. 22, 2020 5:44 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday moved to enact strict penalties for people caught with the highly lethal opioid fentanyl. The House gave the bill initial approval in a voice vote. If passed, the bill would add fentanyl and two substances sometimes used to commit rape to...

Washington state shooting case set for closing arguments

Jan. 22, 2020 3:50 PM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Jurors were expected to hear closing arguments in the trial of a Washington state man charged with killing a teen during a drug deal. Cameron Jay Helland, 19, was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 16-year-old Davontae Mesa, The Yakima Herald reports....

HRW: Armed groups move freely on Colombia-Venezuela border

Jan. 22, 2020 3:17 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Illegal armed groups operate with virtual impunity along the border between Colombia and Venezuela, and civilians are suffering as a result, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Researchers said in a report that they found credible allegations that Venezuelan security forces have...

Drug detective accused of trading official actions for sex

Jan. 22, 2020 2:59 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses a former central Pennsylvania detective who served on a drug task force of having traded official actions for sexual favors. Federal prosecutors said a grand jury indicted former Carlisle police officer Christopher Collare, 52, of...

More charges announced in gang drug, sex trafficking case

Jan. 22, 2020 1:18 PM EST

READING, Pa. (AP) — Federal authorities have announced more charges in an investigation of what they call a violent drug gang that engaged in sex trafficking, attempted murder and murder in eastern Pennsylvania. U.S. Attorney William McSwain said the racketeering conspiracy and other charges against 13...