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Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking

Jan. 19, 2020 12:33 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for drug trafficking. Prosecutors say Jeremy Rodriguez, 22, was part of a drug trafficking organization selling large amounts of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine in the Hartford-area. The Hartford...

Detroit man convicted of drug, sex trafficking charges

Jan. 16, 2020 6:21 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A federal jury on Thursday convicted a 70-year-old Detroit man on drug and human trafficking charges. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit said in a release that Richard Jackson was found guilty of sex trafficking using force and coercion, drug distribution and maintaining drug premises. ...

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...

Ex-WVa prison guard, inmate's mom sentenced for drug scheme

Jan. 15, 2020 5:07 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former prison guard in West Virginia was sentenced to two years in federal prison in a scheme to smuggle drugs to an inmate. The inmate's mother also was sentenced to a year and two months for providing the drugs to the guard. Mark Steven Taylor, 40, of Richwood, was sentenced...

This Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection San Diego shows a 14-year-old with methamphetamine strapped to his body after he was arrested at a border checkpoint in Jamul, east of San Diego. The boy, two other teens and an adult driver were arrested after a car was stopped Monday night at the State Route 94 checkpoint in Jamul, and a drug-sniffing dog gave an alert, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol statement. The Border Patrol has warned that drug cartels appear to be increasingly hiring teenagers to smuggle drugs. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection San Diego via AP)

Border Patrol arrests boy, 14, with drugs strapped to body

Jan. 14, 2020 9:15 PM EST

JAMUL, Calif. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy has been arrested at a California border checkpoint of Mexico with three bundles of crystal methamphetamine strapped to his body, authorities said. The boy, two other teens and an adult driver were arrested after a car was stopped Monday night at the State Route 94...

FILE - In this May 17, 2011  file photo, a New York City Department of Corrections bus passes the sign near the gate at the Rikers Island jail complex in New York.  Four correctional officers at Rikers Island jail have been suspended without pay after they allegedly stood by and failed to stop a teenage inmate from hanging himself on Thanksgiving, leaving him hospitalized in intensive care. Nicholas Feliciano, 18, remained unconscious in a hospital prison ward Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 a week after he nearly died in his Rikers Island jail cell, according to the Legal Aid Society, the public defender organization that represents him in court.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

6 guards, 15 others charged in Rikers Island bribery case

Jan. 14, 2020 1:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced charges Tuesday against six New York City correctional officers accused of taking thousands of dollars in bribes to smuggle drugs to inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex. Fifteen other people, including several inmates, also were charged in criminal...

Corrections officer charged with bringing drugs into prison

Jan. 14, 2020 12:56 PM EST

MOBERLY, Mo. (AP) — A corrections officer has been charged with sneaking synthetic marijuana and tobacco into a Missouri prison. Twenty-three-year-old Timothy Davis is free on bond after he was charged with delivery of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. No attorney is listed for him in...

Ian Andrew Hernandez of California walks in handcuffs after his verdict trial in Bali, Indonesia on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. An Indonesian judge has sentenced Hernandes to nine years and four months into prison for possessing and circulating 5 grams of cocaine and marijuana. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Indonesia sentences American man to 9 1/3 years for drugs

Jan. 13, 2020 6:00 AM EST

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced an American man to 9 1/3 years in prison on Monday after finding him guilty of selling cocaine and marijuana on the resort island of Bali. Police said Ian Andrew Hernandez of California was arrested last May with 10 small plastic packs containing 6.6...

Ex-Iowa professor sentenced to prison for drug trafficking

Jan. 10, 2020 4:56 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former professor living in eastern Iowa has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for dealing methamphetamine. Federal prosecutors said Thursday in a news release that Randall Mark Gilbert, 61, of Marion, was sentenced Wednesday to 85 months in prison after...

Parolee in double homicide admits to drug trafficking

Jan. 9, 2020 10:49 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas man who spent nearly four decades in prison for a suburban St. Louis bar robbery in which an off-duty police officer and a chemist were killed has pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs in central Missouri while he was on parole. Robert Lucious Toney, 67, of Olathe, Kansas,...