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Walgreens earnings slide as number of vaccinations wane

Jun. 30, 2022 09:40 AM EDT

A big opioid settlement and a COVID-19 vaccine slowdown dragged on third-quarter earnings for Walgreens, but the drugstore chain still topped expectations. Net income slid to $289 million in the quarter that ended May 31, the company said Thursday. That’s down from about $1.2...

Alex Murdaugh charged in money laundering and drug scheme

Jun. 29, 2022 20:30 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Once prominent and soon-to-be disbarred South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh has been indicted again, this time prosecutors saying his crimes extended to an eight-year money laundering and painkiller ring with a friend and former client charged with trying to help him commit...

Oklahoma reaches opioid settlement with 3 drug companies

Jun. 28, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials have reached an opioid settlement with three drug companies that would bring more than $250 million to finance efforts to battle opioid addiction, state Attorney General John O'Connor has announced. The deal with McKesson, Cardinal and...

Man who hid drugs in child's backpack gets 7-year sentence

Jun. 28, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man who stored more than 1,000 counterfeit Adderall pills containing methamphetamine or fentanyl in a child’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack in the Rhode Island apartment he shared with his three children has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison,...

Justices side with doctors convicted in pain pill schemes

Jun. 27, 2022 13:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled for doctors who face criminal charges for overprescribing powerful pain medication in a case arising from the opioid addiction crisis. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the court that prosecutors must prove that doctors knew they...

Southern California man caught with 24 kilos of fentanyl

Jun. 25, 2022 11:39 AM EDT

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — A suspected Southern California drug dealer was caught with 24 kilos of fentanyl in his car and home, along with $250,000 worth of fentanyl pills, prosecutors said. The 60-year-old suspect was arrested following a traffic stop on Wednesday during which...

NC woman gets nearly 6 years for supplying guns to gang

Jun. 24, 2022 08:25 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for trying to buy firearms on behalf of gang members who she helped sell drugs, according to a federal prosecutor. U.S. Attorney Michael F. Easley Jr. said in a news release that Vernisha...

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...

Exec returns to Toyota as adviser after '15 arrest in Japan

Jun. 23, 2022 06:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An American executive who resigned from Toyota after being arrested in Japan in 2015 on suspicion of drug law violations is back at the Japanese automaker, the company said Thursday. Julie Hamp has been hired by Toyota Motor Corp.'s North American operations to support...

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. ...