Latest Smuggling News

A tale of 2 migrations: Before and after new Trump policies

Dec. 13, 2019 11:52 AM EST

SANTA ANA, El Salvador (AP) — María Teresa Carballo was worried. She hadn’t heard from her daughter-in-law since the young woman and her two young children left with a smuggler for the U.S. border a week earlier. The silence was unexpected: Seventeen other members of Carballo’s family...

Turkmenistan passes new anti-corruption law

Dec. 13, 2019 11:23 AM EST

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan's president signed a law Friday that excludes prisoners convicted of corruption from state amnesties and pardons that take place several times each year and usually coincide with major national holidays. The new law equates those convicted of corruption to drug...

Egypt officials arrest Italian suspected of smuggling drugs

Dec. 13, 2019 10:26 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Cairo airport authorities on Friday arrested an Italian passenger for allegedly attempting to smuggle illegal drugs into the country, a customs official said. Customs inspectors searching the luggage of the traveler arriving from Milan found 644 pills and several glass bottles of illegal...

Czech, US, Australian police break up drug trafficking gang

Dec. 13, 2019 6:09 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech police said Friday they cooperated with their counterparts in the United States and Australia to break up an international drug trafficking gang that allegedly smuggled hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and heroin across four continents. Police said the gang hired couriers in the Czech...

PGA golfer arrested in Florida prostitution sting

Dec. 12, 2019 4:14 PM EST

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A professional golfer was one of 124 people arrested in Florida in a prostitution and human-trafficking sting. Tommy “Two Gloves" Gainey, 44, was arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree misdemeanor solicitation, news outlets reported. The Polk County Sheriff's Office...

Probe of Detroit police drug unit finds potential wrongdoing

Dec. 12, 2019 2:34 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Investigators looking into potential wrongdoing by members of the Detroit Police Department’s narcotics unit have found that some officers stole from drug dealers, planted drugs on suspects and lied to prosecutors to get search warrants, the city’s police chief said. As the...

Arizona official in human smuggling case seeks to keep seat

Dec. 11, 2019 10:37 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona elected official accused of paying women from a poor Pacific island nation to give their babies up for adoption in the United States made an appeal Wednesday to keep his job. Lawyers for Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen told the county Board of Supervisors that he did not...

Ex-Mexico security chief long haunted by corruption claims

Dec. 11, 2019 10:36 AM EST

Mexico City (AP) — Mexico's former security chief was dogged by so many allegations of corruption and wrongdoing for so long that some said it was only a matter of time before he would be arrested. What amazed some was that it took so long, and that Genaro García Luna’s arrest this week came on...

Corruption allegations long dogged ex-Mexico security chief

Dec. 10, 2019 9:30 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's former security chief was dogged by so many allegations of corruption and wrongdoing for so long that some said it was only a matter of time before he would be arrested. What amazed some was that it took so long, and that Genaro García Luna’s arrest this week came on...

US charges: Mexico ex-security chief took bribes from cartel

Dec. 10, 2019 4:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mexico's former top security chief has been indicted in New York City 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 in Mexico. Genaro Garcia Luna, 51, was charged in federal court in...