Latest Drug trafficking News

Man sentenced to 8 years for trafficking carfentanil

May. 19, 2022 09:47 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A man convicted last year of trafficking a drug used to tranquilize animals has been sentenced to eight years in prison, a federal prosecutor said. Miguel Angel Gonzalez-Perez, 54, also was sentenced on Wednesday to three years of supervised release for...

Big cross-border tunnel found linking Tijuana, San Diego

May. 17, 2022 04:18 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. authorities on Monday announced the discovery of a major drug smuggling tunnel — running about the length of a six football fields — from Mexico to a warehouse in an industrial area in the U.S. The secret passage from Tijuana to San Diego featured rail and...

Father, son, convicted of drug charges, sent to prison

May. 16, 2022 16:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A father and his son have both been sent to prison for more than 12 years for their roles in a large-scale drug trafficking organization that distributed cocaine and opioids in New England, federal prosecutors in Massachsetts said Monday. Isaac Cardona, 34, and Rafael...

Griner's extended detention disappointing to her WNBA family

May. 14, 2022 03:08 AM EDT

New York coach Sandy Brondello was on her way to her team's Friday morning shootaround when she heard the “disappointing" news that Russia had extended Brittney Griner's pre-trial detention another 30 days. Griner’s original detention date was set to end on May 19. The two-time...

Detention of WNBA's Griner in Moscow extended by 1 month

May. 13, 2022 20:57 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner had her pre-trial detention in Russia extended by one month Friday, her lawyer said. Alexander Boykov told The Associated Press he thinks the relatively short extension indicated that Griner's case would go to trial soon. The 31-year-old...

North Carolina daycare owner convicted of drug, gun charges

May. 12, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who ran a daycare from his home has been convicted of six felony drug and firearm offenses after authorities said he also directed an armed drug trafficking operation from the same location. Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern...

Former prosecutor Russell Coleman enters Kentucky AG's race

May. 12, 2022 10:33 AM EDT

Former U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman entered the suddenly wide-open race for attorney general in Kentucky on Thursday, vowing to deliver a crackdown on violent crime and drug trafficking while pointing to his extensive criminal justice resume. Coleman, a Republican, touted his ties...

Former DEA agent sentenced to 135 months for taking bribes

May. 11, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Drug Enforcement Administration agent who admitted to taking thousands of dollars in bribes from a drug trafficker was sentenced Wednesday to more than 11 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller sentenced Nathan Koen, who pleaded guilty...

'Corrupt to core' Caribbean premier gets bond in drug case

May. 11, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The premier of the British Virgin Islands, whom U.S. prosecutors described as “corrupt to the core,” was given a $500,000 bond that could see him released from prison as he awaits trial on charges tied to a U.S. narcotics sting. In a surprise decision, federal...

Ex-Honduras police chief detained after US court appearance

May. 11, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The former national police chief of Honduras made an initial appearance in a New York courtroom Wednesday after his extradition to the United States to face criminal drug trafficking charges, a day after the former president of the Central America country pleaded not guilty to...