Latest Smuggling News

Canadian trucker freed, says he's victim of marijuana scam

Aug. 02, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors have dropped charges, at least for now, against a Canadian trucker who was arrested at the U.S. border early last month with more than a ton of marijuana in his rig, after his lawyer made the case that he was an unwitting victim of the drug smuggling...

8 alleged gang members charged with trafficking in Georgia

Aug. 01, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Eight alleged gang members have been indicted on a variety of gang-related and human trafficking charges in southwest Georgia. A Dougherty County grand jury on Wednesday returned the 54-count indictment against alleged members of the Inglewood Family...

Gaetz friend accessed restricted database on 300 people

Jul. 31, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Joel Greenberg, the friend of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz who pleaded guilty earlier this year to identity theft and other charges, accessed a restricted state database through his position as a local tax collector in Florida to look up information about hundreds of people,...

NH man pleads guilty to trafficking Chinese women in Maine

Jul. 30, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A New Hampshire man joined his wife in pleading guilty to federal charges for their role in a sex trafficking operation that coerced Chinese women into prostitution in New England. Shou Chao Li, of Concord, and his wife, Derong Miao, appeared in...

US takes ownership of ship suspected in N. Korea oil scheme

Jul. 30, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A tanker ship allegedly used in an illegal scheme to smuggle oil to North Korea has a brand-new owner: the U.S. government. A federal judge in New York City issued a judgment of forfeiture Friday authorizing the U.S. to take ownership of the 2,734-ton...

Judge agrees to destruction of Kraft massage parlor video

Jul. 30, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A video recording of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men allegedly engaging in massage parlor sex will be returned to prosecutors for destruction, a Florida judge ruled Friday, ending a two-year saga that tarnished the reputation of one of...

Omaha man sentenced to prison for sex trafficking minor

Jul. 29, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to a single count of sex trafficking of a minor has been sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison. Glenn Whitney, 26, was sentenced Wednesday in Omaha’s federal court to 250 months in...

NXIVM sex cult member who cooperated avoids prison time

Jul. 28, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former member of NXIVM leader Keith Raniere’s inner circle who was charged in his sex trafficking enterprise avoided prison at sentencing Wednesday after prosecutors cited her extraordinary cooperation. Lauren Salzman was sentenced in Brooklyn...

Alleged Epstein victim Sarah Ransome has memoir out in fall

Jul. 27, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell has a memoir coming out this fall. Sarah Ransome's “Silenced No More: Surviving My Journey to Hell and Back” is scheduled for Nov. 17. Ransome has said that she was 22 and an...

Chief hired for new unit to investigate killings by police

Jul. 27, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s attorney general is hiring a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney to lead a new unit tasked with investigating killings by police, according to a news release. Dana Mulhauser worked in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division...