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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2011 file photo, Jhon Viafara of Colombia's Junior de Barranquilla celebrates after scoring against Brazil's Gremio during a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Barranquilla, Colombia. The former midfielder for Colombia's national soccer team was extradited on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 to the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges.  (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Colombia soccer star extradited to US on trafficking charges

Jan. 23, 2020 2:56 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former midfielder for Colombia's national soccer team was extradited on Thursday to the United States to face drug trafficking charges. Prosecutors in Texas accuse Jhon Viafara of conspiring with members of the Gulf Cartel to organize cocaine shipments that left Colombia on...

Man who helped kidnap storage warehouse manager gets 5 years

Jan. 23, 2020 10:20 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of two men who kidnapped a Public Storage warehouse manager at gunpoint, mistakenly thinking the manager had stolen their nearly 500 pounds of marijuana, was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones issued the sentence for Trent...

37 charged in Puerto Rico to Wisconsin drug smuggling case

Jan. 16, 2020 4:32 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged 37 people accused of sending cocaine and other drugs from Puerto Rico to Wisconsin and elsewhere in the country using the U.S. Postal Service, authorities said Thursday. The United States Attorney's Office in Eastern Wisconsin said the drugs were sold in...

FILE - In this May 17, 2011  file photo, a New York City Department of Corrections bus passes the sign near the gate at the Rikers Island jail complex in New York.  Four correctional officers at Rikers Island jail have been suspended without pay after they allegedly stood by and failed to stop a teenage inmate from hanging himself on Thanksgiving, leaving him hospitalized in intensive care. Nicholas Feliciano, 18, remained unconscious in a hospital prison ward Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 a week after he nearly died in his Rikers Island jail cell, according to the Legal Aid Society, the public defender organization that represents him in court.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

6 guards, 15 others charged in Rikers Island bribery case

Jan. 14, 2020 1:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced charges Tuesday against six New York City correctional officers accused of taking thousands of dollars in bribes to smuggle drugs to inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex. Fifteen other people, including several inmates, also were charged in criminal...

Ian Andrew Hernandez of California walks in handcuffs after his verdict trial in Bali, Indonesia on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. An Indonesian judge has sentenced Hernandes to nine years and four months into prison for possessing and circulating 5 grams of cocaine and marijuana. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Indonesia sentences American man to 9 1/3 years for drugs

Jan. 13, 2020 6:00 AM EST

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced an American man to 9 1/3 years in prison on Monday after finding him guilty of selling cocaine and marijuana on the resort island of Bali. Police said Ian Andrew Hernandez of California was arrested last May with 10 small plastic packs containing 6.6...

FILE- In this Oct. 8, 2010 file photo, Mexico's Secretary of Public Safety Genaro Garcia Luna attends a press conference on the sidelines of an American Police Community (Ameripol) meeting in Mexico City. Garcia Luna, 51, who left the security post nearly a decade ago, was charged in federal court in New York with three counts of trafficking cocaine and one count of making false statements on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico former top cop in NY plea talks over drug bribe case

Jan. 7, 2020 9:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mexican former top security official Genaro García Luna is in talks on a possible plea agreement with federal prosecutors in New York, where he is charged with accepting millions in drug-money bribes from the notorious Sinaloa cartel of convicted kingpin Joaquín “El...

In this courtroom sketch, defense attorney Cesar de Castro, left, Mexico's former top security official Genaro Garcia Luna, center, and a court interpreter, appear for an arraignment hearing in Brooklyn federal court Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in New York. Garcia Luna pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted a fortune in drug-money bribes from kingpin Joaquin

Former Mexico security chief pleads not guilty in U.S. case

Jan. 3, 2020 6:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mexico's former top security official pleaded not guilty on Friday on charges he accepted a fortune in drug-money bribes from kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's notorious Sinaloa cartel to let it operate with impunity. Genaro Garcia Luna, 51, was indicted in New York on three counts of...

Father who made kids panhandle for drug money gets 20 years

Dec. 30, 2019 2:56 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge sentenced a New Mexico father to 20 years in prison after he was convicted of forcing his children to panhandle to get him money for drugs. The office of Attorney General Hector Balderas said Monday the man was sentenced in Albuquerque, nearly three months after a jury...

Correctional officer accused of smuggling drugs for inmates

Dec. 23, 2019 7:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal authorities arrested a corrections officer at an Oregon women's prison Monday on charges that he smuggled heroin and methamphetamine to inmates. Richard Steven Alberts II, 31, of Sherwood, has been on paid leave since June from his position as an officer at Coffee Creek...

Mexico extradites son of a founder of Sinaloa cartel to US

Dec. 20, 2019 9:46 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A son of one of the founders of the Sinaloa drug cartel on Friday appeared in a U.S. court on trafficking and other charges after he was extradited from Mexico. Ismael Zambada-Imperial pleaded not guilty to the charges in the federal court in San Diego, California, and his next court...