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Montenegro arrests alleged criminal gang boss

Apr. 21, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro’s police have arrested an alleged boss of a criminal gang which has spread fear and bloodshed in the Balkans and across Europe, officials said Wednesday. Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic hailed the arrest of Slobodan...

Ex-inmate admits role in federal prison smuggling scheme

Apr. 20, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former inmate at a federal prison in New Jersey has admitted his role in a scheme to use drones to smuggle drugs and other contraband to inmates into the facility, authorities said Tuesday. Jason “Juice” Arteaga-Loayza, 30, of Jersey City,...

Ex-North Carolina police chief accused of stealing evidence

Apr. 20, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

CHADBOURN, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina police chief who resigned nearly two weeks ago amid an investigation into missing evidence is accused of taking a variety of narcotics, thousands of dollars in cash and firearms from the evidence locker, authorities said. ...

Spain dismantles Chinese gang selling cannabis across Europe

Apr. 20, 2021 07:30 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police in Spain said Tuesday they have dismantled one of the largest criminal gangs growing cannabis in the country and trafficking it across Europe. At least 65 people, most of them Chinese nationals, were arrested in several Spanish cities,...

Demolition begins on Epstein's former Florida mansion

Apr. 19, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Demolition began Monday on a South Florida mansion that once belonged to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Developer Todd Michael Glaser oversaw the crews that began tearing down the infamous Palm Beach mansion, the Palm Beach Post reported....

Ghislaine Maxwell attorneys to 2nd Circuit: She's no monster

Apr. 19, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Defense lawyers insisted Ghislaine Maxwell is “no monster” as they asked an appeals court Monday for her release on bail so she can better prepare for trial on charges she procured girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. The lawyers told the 2nd...

Turkey probes human trafficking using official passports

Apr. 19, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s Interior Ministry has launched a probe into six more municipalities in connection with an alleged human smuggling scheme where Turkish citizens wanting to migrate to Europe were, in exchange for a fee, issued special state passports allowing them visa-free...

Bill would prevent prosecution of sex trafficking victims

Apr. 17, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of senators have approved a bill that would prevent prosecuting on prostitution charges anyone who is a victim of sex trafficking. A subcommittee sent the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Supporters...

Zimbabwe frees some inmates to reduce COVID-19 risk in jails

Apr. 17, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has begun releasing about 3,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty aimed at easing congestion to reduce the threat of COVID-19 in the country’s overcrowded jails. About 400 prisoners were released from Chikurubi prison and other...

Ex-porn site worker pleads to sex trafficking conspiracy

Apr. 17, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former bookkeeper for a now-defunct California-based website called GirlsDoPorn pleaded guilty Friday to a federal conspiracy charge involving women who were coerced or tricked into appearing in sex videos for the site. Valorie Moser, 38, worked for...