Latest Drug trafficking News

Pair indicted in hostage-taking death of San Diego teen

Oct. 18, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two Mexican nationals have been indicted on drug-trafficking and hostage-taking charges in connection with the killing of a San Diego teenager in Mexico. Prosecutors say the 19-year-old victim, identified in court papers only by his initials, stole...

Rhode Island man pleads guilty to drug trafficking charges

Oct. 18, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence man who tried to sell a large amount of fentanyl and heroin while under surveillance by law enforcement pleaded guilty Monday to drug trafficking charges, federal prosecutors said. Josimar Delacruz-Reyes, 31, was under investigation...

More than 5 tons of cocaine seized in Atlantic operation

Oct. 18, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — An international police operation has seized 5.2 metric tons (5.73 short tons) of cocaine with a street value estimated at around 200 million euros ($232 million) on a yacht in the Atlantic Ocean, authorities said Monday. Portuguese police said...

Philippine forces kill 4 suspected Chinese drug dealers

Oct. 18, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine law enforcers backed by troops killed four suspected Chinese drug dealers who opened fire at them during a sting operation on Monday, the national police chief said. He said more than 262 million pesos ($5.2 million) worth of methamphetamines were...

Law enforcement operation targets narcotics in N. Carolina

Oct. 16, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A law enforcement operation targeting narcotics in eastern North Carolina has led to prison terms for two men, officials said in a news release. In June, William Roger Swain, Jr. 37, of New Bern, pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the...

North Carolina man sentenced to 16 years for firearms crimes

Oct. 16, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing firearms as a convicted felon has been sentenced to 16 years in prison, a federal prosecutor says. Michael Hucks pleaded guilty to the charges in June, according to G. Norman Acker,...

Alleged leader of drug trafficking ring pleads not guilty

Oct. 15, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A Longview, Washington man has pleaded not guilty to charges of leading and profiting from organized crime. Efrein Velarde Pelayo, 33, is accused of sending a runner to sell heroin and methamphetamines to a police informant last winter. The Daily...

Colombian cop who ran squad vetted by DEA pleads guilty

Oct. 13, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Colombian police captain who oversaw a unit that worked closely with U.S. anti-narcotics agents has pleaded guilty to charges that he sought to betray the Drug Enforcement Administration to the same traffickers they were jointly fighting. Juan Pablo...

Vermont woman enters plea for role in 2018 rural killing

Oct. 12, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A 30-year-old woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges in connection with the 2018 shooting death of a man in the rural Vermont town of Waterford. Krystal Whitcomb entered the plea Tuesday during a video change-of-plea hearing in U.S....

US marshals capture fugitive on run from Maryland since 2018

Oct. 09, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man who has been on the run from law enforcement officials since he was indicted on drug charges in 2018 has been captured, the U.S. Marshals Service says. A news release says the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland issued an...