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FBI says fugitive has been extradited from Mexico to Tucson

Dec. 05, 2022 17:10 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A fugitive wanted for his involvement in a criminal drug enterprise has been extradited from Mexico and returned to Tucson, but his wife and another co-conspirator remain at large, according to the FBI. Authorities said 45-year-old Manuel Gortari-Redondo was...

Mom gets 25-year prison term; daughter died from fentanyl

Dec. 02, 2022 19:53 PM EST

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A young Indiana woman was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison for the death of her 3-year-old daughter who ingested fentanyl. Makaylee Opperman, 21, of Evansville made a deal with prosecutors in October and pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent...

Suspect in killings of 4 at pot farm returned to Oklahoma

Dec. 02, 2022 13:00 PM EST

KINGFISHER, Okla. (AP) — The man wanted in the shooting deaths of four people and wounding of a fifth at an Oklahoma marijuana farm has been extradited back to the state from Florida, authorities said Friday. Wu Chen, also known as Chen Wu in jail records, was taken from the...

Indiana man charged in 3 killings ordered held until trial

Dec. 01, 2022 14:56 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man charged in the killings of three people will remain jailed without bond until trial after he violated a release order by allegedly being found with guns, ammunition and marijuana, a judge ruled. Caden Smith, 18, had been released from jail in...

DEA’s most corrupt agent: Parties, sex amid 'unwinnable war'

Dec. 01, 2022 09:09 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — José Irizarry accepts that he’s known as the most corrupt agent in U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration history, admitting he “became another man” in conspiring with Colombian cartels to build a lavish lifestyle of expensive sports cars, Tiffany jewels and...

Swedish police make large drug seizure in Stockholm area

Dec. 01, 2022 04:18 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish police said Thursday that they have seized around 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) of narcotics in Stockholm, with a total street value of about 80 million kronor ($7.6 million). Three men have been arrested on suspicion of serious drug offences in connection...

Police smash European cocaine 'super cartel,' arrest 49

Nov. 28, 2022 05:42 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Law enforcement authorities in six different countries have joined forces to take down a “super cartel" of drugs traffickers controlling about one third of the cocaine trade in Europe, the European Union crime agency said on Monday. Europol said 49 suspects have...

Nearly half a ton of cocaine seized in Albania, 10 arrested

Nov. 25, 2022 10:04 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities on Friday said they have seized 430 kilograms (1,000 pounds) of cocaine in a coordinated operation with neighboring Montenegro and other law enforcement international institutions. Albania’s corruption and organized crime squad said 10...

Renton man gets 10 years in prison in drug trafficking case

Nov. 24, 2022 14:11 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Renton, Washington man to 10 years in prison for his role in a violent drug distribution ring, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle. Benjamin Fuentes was indicted in July 2020 with a dozen co-conspirators after an...

Mexico launches online platform for dual-use precursors

Nov. 23, 2022 19:59 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government presented an online platform Wednesday that it claims will allow authorities to track the importation and consumption so-called “dual-use” precursor chemicals that are often used to make synthetic drugs like meth and fentanyl. Mexico...