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Baltimore defense attorney indicted in narcotics case

Sep. 18, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a prominent Baltimore defense attorney in an alleged narcotics conspiracy. Federal officials announced the indictment against Kenneth Ravenell on Wednesday. It alleges Ravenell received payments from a drug-trafficker client and his associates for coaching...

US Marine accused of distributing LSD to service members

Sep. 18, 2019 3:53 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Marine Corps member and a woman are accused of distributing LSD to active military members and civilians in North Carolina. News outlets report 23-year-old Andrew Christian Gray was arrested Sunday at Camp Lejeune on charges including felony trafficking in LSD by...

US narcotics agent admits role in drug trafficking scheme

Sep. 17, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal narcotics agent scheduled to stand trial this month has pleaded guilty to participating in a decadelong drug conspiracy that involved the smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York. Prosecutors said Fernando Gomez, a former U.S. Marine, infiltrated...

Spanish court publishes ruling on Venezuelan ex-spy chief

Sep. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court says it rejected the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling and other charges because the charges lacked detail and accepted the defense's claim that it was politically motivated. The court's ruling released...

Bales of marijuana found on Southern California coast

Sep. 16, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A report of a boat beached on the Southern California coast led to discovery of 41 bales of marijuana during the weekend. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office says the report came in shortly before dawn Saturday and deputies found a 35-foot (10.6-meter) panga boat on the shore below...

Spain won't extradite Venezuela's ex-spymaster to US

Sep. 16, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court on Monday rejected the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling and other charges. The court released retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who denies the charges and says that they were politically motivated. He...

LA man will plead guilty to smuggling cocaine to Australia

Sep. 13, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles man has agreed to plead guilty to smuggling nearly 90 pounds of cocaine to Australia by concealing it in items such as water heaters, air conditioners and lampstands. Prosecutors announced Friday that Vardges Markosyan of North Hollywood has agreed to enter pleas to...

Authorities say Ohio prisoner ran international drug ring

Sep. 13, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal authorities say a Mexican citizen incarcerated at a privately run Ohio prison used a smuggled cellphone to run an international drug ring that brought opioid pills, heroin, cocaine and other drugs to Cleveland from Mexico. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cleveland on Thursday said...

West Virginia man sentenced to 25 years on drug charges

Sep. 13, 2019 4:53 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after he admitted to being part of a drug trafficking organization. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced the sentencing of 43-year-old Greg Coleman on Thursday. He says Coleman has admitted to selling heroin,...

Ex-Venezuelan spymaster won't waive extradition to US

Sep. 12, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela's former military spy chief told a Spanish court on Thursday that he won't waive extradition to the United States, claiming that the drug smuggling and other charges against him are politically motivated. Defense lawyers for retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal claimed in the court that...