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Ecuador's president decrees state of emergency over crime

Oct. 18, 2021 23:04 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Guillermo Lasso decreed a state of emergency Monday to confront drug trafficking and other crimes in Ecuador, saying the military and police will take to the streets to provide security. In a national broadcast, the president said that...

Judge agrees to delay in sentencing for Gaetz friend

Oct. 18, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday agreed to push back until next year the sentencing for U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz's friend who pleaded guilty earlier this year to sex trafficking and other charges. U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell said sentencing for Joel...

Pair indicted in hostage-taking death of San Diego teen

Oct. 18, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two Mexican nationals have been indicted on drug-trafficking and hostage-taking charges in connection with the killing of a San Diego teenager in Mexico. Prosecutors say the 19-year-old victim, identified in court papers only by his initials, stole...

Rhode Island man pleads guilty to drug trafficking charges

Oct. 18, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence man who tried to sell a large amount of fentanyl and heroin while under surveillance by law enforcement pleaded guilty Monday to drug trafficking charges, federal prosecutors said. Josimar Delacruz-Reyes, 31, was under investigation...

More than 5 tons of cocaine seized in Atlantic operation

Oct. 18, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — An international police operation has seized 5.2 metric tons (5.73 short tons) of cocaine with a street value estimated at around 200 million euros ($232 million) on a yacht in the Atlantic Ocean, authorities said Monday. Portuguese police said...

Philippine forces kill 4 suspected Chinese drug dealers

Oct. 18, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine law enforcers backed by troops killed four suspected Chinese drug dealers who opened fire at them during a sting operation on Monday, the national police chief said. He said more than 262 million pesos ($5.2 million) worth of methamphetamines were...

Sioux Falls woman pleads guilty to sex trafficking child

Oct. 16, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to sex trafficking involving a child. KELO-TV reports 37-year-old Melanie Hollingsworth faces up to life in prison when she’s sentenced in January. Authorities said...

Law enforcement operation targets narcotics in N. Carolina

Oct. 16, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A law enforcement operation targeting narcotics in eastern North Carolina has led to prison terms for two men, officials said in a news release. In June, William Roger Swain, Jr. 37, of New Bern, pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the...

North Carolina man sentenced to 16 years for firearms crimes

Oct. 16, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing firearms as a convicted felon has been sentenced to 16 years in prison, a federal prosecutor says. Michael Hucks pleaded guilty to the charges in June, according to G. Norman Acker,...

Alleged leader of drug trafficking ring pleads not guilty

Oct. 15, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A Longview, Washington man has pleaded not guilty to charges of leading and profiting from organized crime. Efrein Velarde Pelayo, 33, is accused of sending a runner to sell heroin and methamphetamines to a police informant last winter. The Daily...