Latest Drug-related crime News

Ecuador prison clash leaves at least 15 dead, 20 injured

Oct. 03, 2022 23:20 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A clash between inmates armed with guns and knives inside the Latacunga prison in central Ecuador on Monday left at least 15 people dead and 20 injured, authorities said. Officials attributed the fighting to national and international drug trafficking groups...

Blinken backs Colombia’s 'holistic' approach to drug policy

Oct. 03, 2022 22:11 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday backed Colombia’s recent efforts to rethink its drug policy and said the Biden administration and Colombia’s newly elected government will work together on rural development programs and interdiction efforts, while...

Judge vacates 8 more convictions linked to ex-Chicago cop

Oct. 03, 2022 19:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge on Monday threw out convictions for eight more people whose cases were linked to a notorious former Chicago police sergeant who regularly framed people for drug crimes they didn’t commit. Judge Erica Reddick vacated the convictions and sentences...

Report: Mexico continued to use spyware against activists

Oct. 03, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government or army has allegedly continued to use spyware designed to hack into the cellphones of activists, despite a pledge by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to end such practices. Press freedom groups said Monday they found evidence of...

Russian court sets Brittney Griner appeal date for Oct. 25

Oct. 03, 2022 13:41 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Monday set Oct. 25 as the date for American basketball star Brittney Griner’s appeal against her nine-year prison sentence for drug possession. Griner, an eight-time all-star center with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold...

Venezuela swaps 7 jailed Americans for Maduro relatives

Oct. 01, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare softening of hostile relations, Venezuela freed on Saturday seven imprisoned Americans in exchange for the United States releasing two nephews of President Nicolás Maduro’s wife who had been jailed for years on narcotics convictions. The swap of the...

Gardening program helps ex-offenders start over

Oct. 01, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — When Michael Moore was released from prison after serving time for selling drugs, he realized that it was time to make a change in his life. With the help and guidance of the Delaware Center for Horticulture, Moore enrolled in a post-release program in...

Vermont dispensaries to begin selling recreational marijuana

Sep. 30, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

Vermont dispensaries are set to begin selling marijuana for recreational use, though only three will be ready to do so on opening weekend. FLORA Cannabis in Middlebury, Mountain Girl Cannabis in Rutland and CeresMED in Burlington will all open on Saturday. A fourth business has been...

2 charged after Michigan trooper shot, critically wounded

Sep. 29, 2022 20:10 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Two Detroit residents face charges in connection with the shooting of a Michigan State Police trooper who was conducting surveillance in the city with other members of a narcotics unit, a prosecutor said Thursday. The undercover trooper was critically wounded early...

Mexico is world's deadliest spot for environmental activists

Sep. 29, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

VICAM, Mexico (AP) — Mexico has become the deadliest place in the world for environmental and land defense activists, according to a global survey released Wednesday, and the Yaqui Indigenous people of northern Mexico are still mourning the killing of water-defense leader Tomás Rojo found dead...