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Alaska man arrested after drugs found in spoiled goat guts

Nov. 22, 2019 3:04 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 71-year-old Alaska man is under federal arrest after he was found with $400,000 in illegal drugs hidden in spoiled goat intestines at an airport. Authorities say Cenen Placencia of Kodiak was arrested Wednesday at Anchorage’s international airport. An affidavit filed with...

Man part of fentanyl trafficking ring gets 13-year sentence

Nov. 22, 2019 12:13 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man who was part of a drug trafficking operation that sold fentanyl on the dark web has been sentenced. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said Friday that 29-year-old Brett Trageser was sentenced earlier this...

Federal addiction treatment dollars off-limits for marijuana

Nov. 22, 2019 11:43 AM EST

The U.S. government is barring federal dollars meant for opioid addiction treatment to be used on medical marijuana. The move is aimed at states that allow marijuana for medical uses, particularly those letting patients with opioid addiction use pot as a treatment, said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, whose federal...

Ex-'American Idol' contestant gets nearly 4 years in prison

Nov. 21, 2019 12:30 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Antonella Barba has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for carrying nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of fentanyl. Federal authorities in Virginia said Thursday that the 32-year-old New Jersey woman got three years and nine months...

Ex-police chief who stole heroin sentenced to probation

Nov. 21, 2019 6:35 AM EST

ELIZABETH, Pa. (AP) — A former police chief in western Pennsylvania who admitted stealing thousands of small bags of heroin and fentanyl from his department's evidence room is not going to prison. A judge on Wednesday sentenced former 43-year-old Timothy Butler to about four years of probation and 325...

Ex-Houston officers face federal charges in deadly drug raid

Nov. 20, 2019 6:02 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Two former Houston police officers are facing federal charges accusing them of providing false information in a January drug raid that left two people dead and several officers injured, authorities said Wednesday. The federal counts follow state charges filed in the case in August, including...

Dayton gunman’s friend pleads guilty to firearms counts

Nov. 20, 2019 4:33 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A friend of a gunman who killed nine people in a rampage in Dayton has pleaded guilty to two firearms charges unrelated to the deadly mass shooting. Twenty-four-year-old Ethan Kollie pleaded Wednesday to lying on a federal firearms form and possessing a gun while using illegal drugs....

Men sentenced for shipping marijuana through Postal Service

Nov. 20, 2019 3:30 PM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Department of Justice says two West Virginia men have been sentenced for participating in a distribution scheme that involved shipping about 400 kilograms of marijuana through the U.S. Postal Service from 2013 to 2018. A news release says 44-year-old James Waylon Molinaro was...

Former police chief who stole heroin avoids jail time

Nov. 20, 2019 12:18 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former Pennsylvania police chief who pleaded guilty to stealing heroin from his department’s evidence room has avoided jail time. WPXI-TV reports that Tim Butler was sentenced Wednesday to 45 months of probation and 325 hours of community service. Butler is the former police...

Families of inmates who died, hurt at jail seek answers

Nov. 20, 2019 10:12 AM EST

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (AP) — Families of inmates who died or were seriously injured at a small Ohio county jail in the last year are seeking answers about what happened to their loved ones. Records obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with former inmates and family members of deceased prisoners show...