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Man sentenced to decade in prison in meth distribution case

Nov. 16, 2019 1:25 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to a decade in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine. Court documents say 45-year-old Alfonz Vei, of Dover, bought the drug last year and distributed nearly 44 grams to an undercover law enforcement officer. Agents said they saw Vei...

10 inmates charged in alleged jail drug-smuggling scheme

Nov. 16, 2019 8:16 AM EST

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Ten inmates at a southern Indiana jail are charged in an alleged scheme that authorities say used codes to help smuggle drugs into the jail. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says the inmates worked with an outside contact who picked up drugs and hid them in the...

Authorities arrest 32, seize 79 guns in gang investigation

Nov. 15, 2019 12:39 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities investigating drug and gun trafficking in Massachusetts have arrested 32 people and seized nearly 80 firearms. The U.S. Attorney’s office, FBI and other agencies announced Friday the results of Operation Emerald Crush, a monthslong probe into gang activity in the Lawrence...

Ex-officer admits smuggling drugs to federal prison inmates

Nov. 15, 2019 8:10 AM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former corrections officer has admitted smuggling drugs and other contraband to inmates at a federal prison in return for cash bribes. Paul Wright pleaded guilty Thursday to a bribery charge. The 34-year-old Berlin man now faces up to 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced Feb....

16 arrested in Vermont drug trafficking investigation

Nov. 15, 2019 5:01 AM EST

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Sixteen people have been arrested in a month-long drug trafficking investigation in northern Vermont. The United States attorney announced Thursday that 11 suspects from Newport, St. Johnsbury, Clinton, Massachusetts, and New York City are facing charges ranging from possession...

Cirque du Soleil founder held in Tahiti in marijuana case

Nov. 13, 2019 5:24 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The founder of world-renowned circus Cirque du Soleil has been detained in French Polynesia in a drug-trafficking investigation. A French police official told The Associated Press that Guy Laliberte is expected to appear before a judge Wednesday in the territory’s capital of Papeete, on...

Justice Dept. rolls out new program to combat gun violence

Nov. 13, 2019 2:18 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr announced a new initiative Wednesday that would better enforce the U.S. gun background check system, coordinate state and federal gun cases and ensure prosecutors quickly update databases to show when a defendant can’t possess a firearm because of...

Spain says ex-Venezuelan spy chief wanted by US is missing

Nov. 13, 2019 6:41 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police said Wednesday they have been unable to locate a Venezuelan former spymaster wanted by the United States for extradition on charges of drug trafficking. Police told The Associated Press that its officers have been unable to find Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal. News website El...

Police: Georgia taco shop owner was trafficking in meth

Nov. 11, 2019 3:13 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police say a man who owns a chain of taco restaurants in coastal Georgia had a sideline business — distributing large amounts of methamphetamine. The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team says 34-year-old Adolfo "Flaco" Mitchell of Guyton turned himself in last week after...

Hawaii doctor's employees plead guilty to opioid charges

Nov. 10, 2019 11:15 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Two former employees of a Hawaii physician's office that was raided for illegal distribution of prescription opioid painkillers have pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the women were employees of Dr. Ernest Bade, whose Hilo office was shut down...