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7 arrests connected to gambling 'slaphouses' in California

May. 25, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Seven people were arrested on suspicion of running illegal gambling dens at Southern California homes after a years-long investigation uncovered crimes including drug trafficking, bribery and a shooting, authorities said Wednesday. The so-called slaphouses...

Cops: 500,000 fentanyl pills seized in Arizona traffic stop

May. 25, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — Two women were arrested after about 500,000 fentanyl pills were found in an SUV pulled over for speeding on Interstate 10 in Arizona, police said. The pills that were seized were discovered concealed in collagen supplement bottles on Monday during a search...

North Carolina man under $10M bond after fentanyl bust

May. 25, 2022 14:19 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is jailed under bond of more than $10 million after a drug bust in which sheriff's deputies seized more than 1,000 pills laced with fentanyl. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said its vice and narcotic unit recently concluded a...

Official: 41 indicted in $58M Puerto Rico drug operation

May. 25, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal grand jury indicted 41 suspected gang members in Puerto Rico accused of smuggling drugs to the U.S mainland as part of a $58 million operation, authorities said Wednesday. Those arrested include several of the U.S. territory's suspected drug...

Brittney Griner's wife tells ABC she wants WNBA star home

May. 25, 2022 10:34 AM EDT

Brittney Griner's wife, Cherelle, wants President Joe Biden to secure her partner's release, doing whatever is necessary to get the WNBA star home from Russia where she has been detained for more than three months. “I just keep hearing that, you know, he has the power. She’s a...

19 indicted in international drug money laundering scheme

May. 24, 2022 16:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Nineteen people have been indicted in a complex money laundering scheme to move millions of dollars in drug proceeds from Colombian cartels through U.S. banks, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The charges brought in Massachusetts federal court are the result of a...

2 sent to prison for roles in drug trafficking scheme

May. 24, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island men have been sent to prison for their roles in a drug trafficking scheme that shipped or tried to ship an estimated 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of cocaine to the state through the postal service, federal prosecutors said. George Mojica, 42,...

11 killed in shooting attacks on 2 bars in Mexico

May. 24, 2022 10:26 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Eleven people, eight of them women, were killed in simultaneous shooting attacks on two bars in north-central Mexico, authorities said Tuesday. Handwritten signs left at the scenes of the killings suggested the attacks were part of a rivalry between two drug...

Duterte hits Putin: I kill criminals, not children, elders

May. 23, 2022 23:52 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sharply criticized Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the killings of innocent civilians in Ukraine, saying while the two of them have been tagged as killers, “I kill criminals, I don’t kill children and the elderly.” ...

Former prison guard sentenced in drug smuggling scheme

May. 23, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida state prison guard has been sentenced two years and six months in federal prison for participating in a scheme to smuggle drugs into a facility. Leslie Samuel Spencer, 49, of Port Charlotte, was sentenced Friday in Fort Myers federal court,...