Latest Drug trafficking News

Head of drug trafficking ring gets 15-year prison sentence

Jun. 23, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

The leader of a large-scale drug trafficking organization that imported millions of doses of cocaine and fentanyl to several U.S. states has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, federal authorities in Rhode Island said. Juni Rafael Jimenez-Martinez, 47, a Dominican national who had...

26 indicted, 500,000 phony pills seized in federal crackdown

Jun. 21, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Seventeen people were arrested and nearly 500,000 counterfeit pills were seized during a federal crackdown on drug traffickers suspected of bringing phony pharmaceuticals laced with fentanyl and other illicit narcotics into California from Mexico, authorities said Tuesday. ...

2 more plead guilty to roles in drug trafficking scheme

Jun. 18, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two Massachusetts residents have pleaded guilty to their roles in a drug trafficking ring that included the sale of counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl out of a market, federal prosecutors said. Cintia Franco, 34, and Amauris Antonio Rosario Garcia, 39,...

California pair charged with smuggling drugs to 5 states

Jun. 17, 2022 19:11 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California pair not only smuggled drugs to five other states but repeatedly impersonated federal law enforcement officers as part of the nationwide scheme, a U.S. grand jury alleged this week. A federal grand jury in Sacramento on Thursday...

26 indicted, half-million pills seized in drug probe

Jun. 14, 2022 21:19 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal authorities have indicted 26 people and seized nearly 500,000 counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl during a two-year investigation into an international drug smuggling operation, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Charges of conspiracy to...

Greece: Cocaine found in banana shipment, 4 Britons arrested

Jun. 10, 2022 06:43 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece say four British nationals have been arrested on drug smuggling charges after nearly 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of cocaine was found stashed in a shipment of bananas from South America. The suspects were arrested at a rental home...

Police arrested in crackdown on major Spanish drug gangs

Jun. 08, 2022 09:39 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities have dismantled two major drug trafficking networks that used corrupt police officers as part of operations to ship tons of cocaine and hashish into Western Europe, the European Union’s law enforcement agency said Wednesday. Europol said in a...

Italy seizes 4 tons of cocaine linked to Colombian Gulf Clan

Jun. 07, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italian agents on Tuesday confiscated 4.3 tons of cocaine with a street value of nearly a quarter-billion euros (dollars) in the northeastern port city of Trieste, dealing a blow to Colombia's feared Gulf Clan in one of the largest drug busts ever in Europe. Arrest...

New Mexico man gets 2 life in prison terms for 2009 murders

Jun. 06, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man convicted in a 2009 double homicide case has been sentenced to two consecutive life prison terms. Prosecutors said 49-year-old Robert Chavez’s sentences will run consecutive with previous sentences, including a 26-year prison term for drug...

Brittney Griner receiving, answering WNBA players' emails

Jun. 02, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

Brittney Griner can’t play with her WNBA colleagues. She can’t call them, either. But she can write. In one small bit of normalcy, Griner has been able to receive emails and letters from WNBA players during her detainment in Russia. Hundreds of emails have been...