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This October 2019 booking photo provided by the Kauai Police Department shows Kauai County Councilman Arthur Brun, who was arrested Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 on drug and other charges. In October 2019, Kauai police pulled Brun over in a traffic stop after he was seen receiving meth from a gang leader, prosecutors said. U.S. prosecutors say Brun ran a meth ring while serving as an elected Kauai councilman and should be held without bail. (Kauai Police Department via AP)

Prosecutors: Hawaii man led meth ring while councilman

Feb. 28, 2020 9:31 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii councilman pleaded not guilty Friday to charges accusing him of leading a drug-trafficking organization, supplying guns, conspiring with a gang leader, requesting sexual favors as payment for drugs and assaulting a law enforcement officer in a case that highlights the hold...

13 suspected immigrants rescued from ocean off California

Feb. 28, 2020 5:09 PM EST

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Southern California lifeguards rescued 13 people and were searching for others believed to have been dropped off early Friday by Mexican migrant smugglers in the Pacific Ocean, authorities said. As many as three people remained missing based on information from the group of men and...

FILE- This March 12, 2009 photo shows the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City.  The federal jail in New York City where wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life is on lockdown as authorities try to determine whether someone smuggled a gun inside one of the most secure federal jails in the country. That's according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke Friday to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

AP sources: Feds search for possible gun at Epstein jail

Feb. 28, 2020 11:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal jail in New York City where wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life is on lockdown as authorities try to determine whether someone smuggled a gun inside one of the most secure federal jails in the country, three people familiar with the matter told The Associated...

Louisiana sheriff: Woman handed off drugs to inmate in court

Feb. 27, 2020 2:46 PM EST

NAPOLEONVILLE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman was arrested after sheriff's deputies spotted her trying to hand off a package of drugs to an inmate being escorted through a courthouse, a sheriff's office announced Wednesday. Deputies were walking a group of inmates from a parish courtroom last week when they...

More than 150 animals rescued in Georgia dog fighting bust

Feb. 27, 2020 2:05 PM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — More than 150 dogs, some abused and neglected, were rescued Wednesday during a federal investigation into dog fighting and drug trafficking throughout Central Georgia. The 156 animals are now in the care of U.S. Marshals, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the...

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2014 file photo shows retail mogul Leslie Wexner, at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. Wexner, who founded L Brands, will step down as chairman and CEO after the transaction is completed and become chairman emeritus. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Review: Epstein's dealings at Wexner Foundation minimal

Feb. 27, 2020 2:00 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jeffrey Epstein played “no meaningful role” in the budget, finances or accounting practices of L Brands founder Les Wexner's charitable foundation and wasn't involved at all with its fellowship and leadership programs, an outside review released this week has concluded. ...

Feds charge 24 people from Milwaukee drug trafficking outfit

Feb. 27, 2020 1:44 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal authorities in Wisconsin said Thursday they have charged 24 people associated with a violent drug trafficking organization in Milwaukee known as the Buffum Meinecke Boys. Investigators say they recovered more than 900 grams of heroin, 150 grams of a mixture containing fentanyl, 1.5...

Thai police find bodies of suspected smugglers in reservoir

Feb. 27, 2020 10:36 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in northern Thailand said the bodies of seven people believed to be drug smugglers were found Thursday in a reservoir in an area under military control. Police in Chiang Rai province's Mae Sai district said the seven are thought to have been involved in an armed clash with soldiers on...

North Macedonia: Police find 40 migrants crammed into a van

Feb. 27, 2020 8:38 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A border patrol in North Macedonia has detained 40 migrants found crammed into a van near a central town, and arrested the driver on suspicion of trafficking them, police said Thursday. Police said the 36 Afghans and four Pakistanis were discovered late on Wednesday in a van...

New Mexico jury convicts an Arizona man of human smuggling

Feb. 27, 2020 12:04 AM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal jury in New Mexico has convicted an Arizona man on a human smuggling charge. Prosecutors say 39-year-old Francisco Armando Martinez of Tucson was found guilty Tuesday on one count of transporting immigrants who were in the country illegally. Martinez faces up to five years...