Latest Smuggling News

Florida teen accused in sex trafficking of 14-year-old girl

Aug. 14, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A 17-year-old South Florida boy is facing sex trafficking charges after being accused of selling a 14-year-old girl on social media. Miami Springs police officers were called to the Runway Motel on Tuesday night to check on a teenage girl who had run away from home after a family dispute, the...

Man sentenced for firing at Georgia State Patrol helicopter

Aug. 14, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A man who fired at a Georgia State Patrol helicopter that he didn't like flying near his house has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison. Terry Kielisch, 56, was sentenced this week on federal charges of assaulting a person assisting an officer of the U.S. and one count...

Lincoln man convicted of sex trafficking of teenage girls

Aug. 13, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 33-year-old Lincoln man has been found guilty of taking two teenage girls to Colorado and Iowa to have sex for money. Devin Ashford was convicted Wednesday of sex trafficking of a minor, producing child pornography and several other charges. When he is sentenced in November, he will...

District Attorney announce 23 prison corruption indictments

Aug. 13, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania district attorney announced charges against more than 20 people Thursday after a months-long grand jury investigation into the smuggling of contraband, drugs and other alleged corruption at a county prison outside of Pittsburgh. Those charged include a former deputy...

FILE - In this May 13, 2008 file photo, Colombian paramilitary warlord Salvatore Mancuso is escorted by U.S. DEA agents upon his arrival to Opa-locka, Florida. A legal battle is quietly brewing in the U.S. in 2020 over Colombia’s request that this former paramilitary warlord be sent home after completing his drug sentence in the U.S. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

Warlord's release from US prison ups tension with Colombia

Aug. 12, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A last-minute battle is unfolding over the fate of a former paramilitary warlord who the Colombian government wants returned following a long drug sentence in U.S. prison. Salvatore Mancuso, the top commander of a since-disbanded group of right-wing militias, completed a 12-year cocaine...

New Jersey's top court: Defendant must share phone passcodes

Aug. 12, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled a defendant must turn over the passcodes for his two phones in response to a search warrant, opening the way for law enforcement to compel other defendants in the state to do the same. The court's majority decision on Monday was supported by four...

North Macedonia: Police find 148 migrants in trucks

Aug. 12, 2020 7:36 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have discovered 148 migrants crammed into trucks in two separate operations in central and northern parts of the country, and have arrested two men on suspicion of trafficking migrants. Police said their patrol stopped a truck and...

Border Patrol agent in Arizona accused of drug trafficking

Aug. 10, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Tucson Sector Ajo Border Patrol Station has been accused of drug trafficking, authorities said Monday. Federal prosecutors said 53-year-old Carlos Victor Passapera Pinott of Buckeye was arrested Sunday on suspicion of multiple counts of...

DOJ grant to provide housing for human trafficking victims

Aug. 9, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The YWCA of Central Massachusetts has received more than $370,000 from the U.S. Justice Department to provide housing and services for victims of human trafficking. Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling announced the grant from the Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs....

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn speaks to Japanese media during an interview in Beirut, Lebanon.  Two American men wanted by Japan on charges that they helped sneak former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of the country in a box have again been denied release from a U.S. jail. U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani on Friday, Aug. 7,  rejected a bid to release Michael Taylor and Peter Taylor on bail while they fight their extradition to Japan.  (Meika Fujio/Kyodo News via AP)

2 accused in ex-Nissan boss' escape denied release from jail

Aug. 8, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two American men wanted by Japan on charges that they helped sneak former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of the country in a box have again been denied release from a U.S. jail. U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani on Friday rejected a bid to free Michael Taylor, a 59-year-old U.S....