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Police smash European cocaine 'super cartel,' arrest 49

Nov. 28, 2022 05:42 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Law enforcement authorities in six different countries have joined forces to take down a “super cartel" of drugs traffickers controlling about one third of the cocaine trade in Europe, the European Union crime agency said on Monday. Europol said 49 suspects have...

Renton man gets 10 years in prison in drug trafficking case

Nov. 24, 2022 14:11 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Renton, Washington man to 10 years in prison for his role in a violent drug distribution ring, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle. Benjamin Fuentes was indicted in July 2020 with a dozen co-conspirators after an...

3 men charged after deadly shootout off Puerto Rico coast

Nov. 18, 2022 16:40 PM EST

Federal authorities filed drug trafficking charges Friday against three men allegedly involved in a deadly shootout with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents off the coast of Puerto Rico. One agent was killed and two more were injured after men traveling on a boat headed toward...

Syrian group claims capture of Italian drug trafficker

Nov. 17, 2022 15:26 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A Syrian group is claiming to have captured one of Europe’s most-wanted drug traffickers back in March, just days after Italy’s justice minister thanked the United Arab Emirates for its role in his arrest and extradition to Italy this week. The circumstances...

US sanctions Mexico's Familia Michoacana drug cartel

Nov. 17, 2022 14:51 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions Thursday on Mexico’s Familia Michoacana drug cartel, which it accused of manufacturing “rainbow” fentanyl pills purportedly aimed at children. The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC,...

Israeli arrested in South Africa with weapons, torture van

Nov. 17, 2022 12:44 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man reputed to be one of Israel's most wanted gang leaders was arrested during a raid of a home in a posh Johannesburg suburb where South African authorities said they also found guns, drugs, and a van equipped for torture. The 46-year-old Israeli is a member...

Dominican drug lord pleads guilty in US federal court

Nov. 14, 2022 14:24 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A powerful drug lord from the Dominican Republic known as “The Abuser” pled guilty to drug trafficking charges in U.S. federal court, authorities said Monday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Puerto Rico said César Emilio Peralta Adamez was accused...

45 arrested in drug, weapons investigation in Arkansas

Nov. 09, 2022 17:55 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Nearly four dozen people were arrested Wednesday in what federal authorities say was the culmination of three investigations into a drug and firearms operation that stretched from central Arkansas to California and Texas. A total of 80 people have been...

US sanctions Haitian politicians on drug trafficking claims

Nov. 04, 2022 12:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Haitian politicians are facing U.S. sanctions over allegations they abused their positions to traffic drugs in collaboration with gang networks and directed others to engage in violence. The Treasury Department said Friday it was imposing sanctions on Haitian...

Ex-Alabama prison guard charged in contraband case

Nov. 03, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former corrections officer at an Alabama prison has been charged for his alleged role in a conspiracy to smuggle cell phones, drugs and other items to inmates, federal prosecutors said Thursday. A two-count bill of information filed Wednesday in federal...