Stories tagged: drug trafficking
Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 2:38 p.m.
Leader of Tacoma drug trafficking ring pleads guilty
The leader of a drug trafficking ring who continued to run the operation after fleeing to Mexico has pleaded guilty.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 12:09 p.m.
Judge OKs psychological exam for jailed drug lord El Chapo
A U.S. judge gave permission on Wednesday for a psychologist to examine infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman at the New York jail where he’s charged in a …
Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 1:56 p.m.
Montana announces program to crack down on organized crime
Law enforcement officials have announced a program to crack down on organized crime in Montana, mainly through increased efforts to stop drug trafficking.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 1:38 p.m.
Deputies seize large marijuana grow from Wallace home
The Shoshone County Drug Task Force seized nearly half a million dollars of marijuana at a home in Wallace Monday morning.
UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Six more people sentenced in drug ring headed by former Las Vegas stripper
Six people involved in a drug trafficking ring involving a former Las Vegas stripper married to a Coeur d’Alene doctor were sentenced to prison this week.
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, 8:47 p.m.
Trump sanctions Venezuela vice president on drug trafficking
The Trump administration decreed sanctions against Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami on Monday, accusing him of playing a major role in international drug trafficking.
Thu., Nov. 3, 2016, 6 p.m.
Coeur d’Alene doctor knew nothing of Las Vegas stripper wife’s drug empire
Dr. Stanley Toelle’s money flowed freely to support the lifestyle of his Las Vegas wife, Loren. In a court statement, she says he had no idea she was involved in …
Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 2:56 p.m.
Trump University staff included drug trafficker, child molester
Donald Trump says he hand-picked only the best to teach success at Trump University. But dozens of those hired by the company had checkered pasts – including serious financial problems …
Tue., Oct. 11, 2016, 5:25 p.m.
Daughter of accused drug ringleader pleads guilty in Idaho to money laundering charge
The daughter of an accused drug trafficking ringleader operating out of North Idaho pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to conspiracy to launder money from illegal drugs sold across five …
Wed., Oct. 5, 2016, 5 p.m.
Two Colombians accused in U.S. of trafficking 3 tons of cocaine
Two Colombian men have been extradited to Los Angeles to face charges that they tried to smuggle tons of cocaine into the United States, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Tue., Sept. 27, 2016, 2:38 p.m.
Mother of slain 2-year-old will not be released from jail for drug treatment
The decision to release 28-year-old Lovina Rainey from jail to attend an unsecured drug rehabilitation facility in Coeur d’Alene while she awaits trial on drug trafficking charges was reversed Tuesday …
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016, 12:54 p.m.
Feds get first guilty plea in Idaho drug trafficking ring
Federal prosecutors have their first guilty plea in a multi-state drug trafficking ring involving at least 20 people, including a Coeur d’Alene gastroenterologist, his wife and her children.
Tue., April 5, 2016, 5:52 p.m.
Items found in shooting victim’s car in 2012 leads to 22-year prison sentence
A man shot in a gun battle on Spokane’s lower South Hill in 2012 was recently sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for the gun, drugs, explosives and …
Thu., March 17, 2016, 6:26 p.m.
Wife of Coeur d’Alene doctor pleads not guilty in alleged drug ring
Loren Michelle Toelle, the wife of Coeur d’Alene gastroenterologist Stanley Alvin Toelle, pleaded not guilty to felony drug distribution in federal court Thursday. Her son, Sean Lee Jackson, pleaded not …
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, 1:57 p.m.
Three defendants in alleged drug ring plead not guilty in Coeur d’Alene
Three defendants in an alleged multistate drug trafficking ring pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court in Coeur d’Alene.
Mon., Feb. 8, 2016, 4:22 p.m.
Idaho doctor indicted in alleged drug ring sanctioned a year ago
A Coeur d’Alene doctor indicted as part of an alleged multistate drug trafficking ring surrendered his passport Monday and was released from federal custody. Dr. Stanley Alvin Toelle, 61, a …
Fri., Feb. 5, 2016, 11:15 a.m.
Feds bust alleged drug trafficking ring with ties to North Idaho
Seven people were arrested Thursday in connection with federal drug distribution and money laundering charges filed in the U.S. District Court of Idaho.
Tue., Jan. 26, 2016, 7:50 p.m.
Woman who ran drug trafficking ring sentenced to prison
A woman identified by police and federal investigators as the leader of a violent drug trafficking ring in Spokane was sentenced to 15 years in prison this week.
Sat., Oct. 31, 2015, 4:10 p.m.
Drug extradition may shed light on Venezuela
Law enforcement officials say a border region butcher with a bad headlight might help shed light on the scope of Venezuelan military involvement in the cocaine trade.
Fri., July 11, 2014
Man pleads guilty in methamphetamine trafficking case
A reputed drug trafficker linked to a major Eastern Washington methamphetamine ring pleaded guilty to federal charges on Thursday. Rafael Villa-Rico could face up to life in prison when sentenced …
Fri., April 12, 2013, 1:10 p.m.
Eight-time felon sought in drug-trafficking case
During a large-scale drug trafficking investigation the Spokane Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit recovered more than a half-pound of heroin, 18 ounces of methamphetamine, cocaine, cash and paraphernalia.
Sun., Jan. 6, 2013
Interstate 90 a major route for traffickers heading east
The buds are potent and fresh, packed gingerly in heat-sealed bags to preserve their form and flavor – and throw off the drug dogs. These aren’t the dense bricks of …
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2012, 1:53 p.m.
LatAm leaders seek review of international drug policies
MEXICO CITY — Mexico and three Central American nations are calling for a review of international drug policies after two U.S. states voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana.
Mon., Aug. 20, 2012, 2:58 p.m.
Seattle pot parlors laundered illicit drug cash
Two people charged as part of the biggest crackdown on marijuana dispensaries in Washington state pleaded guilty to federal charges Monday, acknowledging their business was a front for an illicit …
Sat., Aug. 11, 2012
Man sentenced for aiding marijuana traffickers
A 78-year-old man who allowed drug traffickers to use his property just south of the Canadian border in Ferry County will spend 2 1/2 years in federal prison, a judge …
Sat., May 19, 2012
78-year-old pleads guilty in pot case
A 78-year-old man who allowed drug traffickers to use his property just south of the Canadian border in Ferry County has pleaded guilty. Alvin Oliver Shields had 700 pounds of …
Thu., April 14, 2011
Drug case financial boon for state, CdA police
BOISE – Former Coeur d’Alene gold and coin dealer Robert Leon Mertens has been behind bars since 2004, serving a 37-year term in federal prison for drug trafficking, firearms violations …
Sat., March 26, 2011
Feds: Canadian caught w/ cocaine already on DEA’s radar
A Canadian man arrested near the international border – allegedly toting 71 pounds of cocaine – may be a major drug smuggler who’s been on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s radar …
Thu., Nov. 18, 2010
Pair charged with drug trafficking
A Spokane woman who was nine months pregnant and unarmed when she was shot by a Washington State Patrol sergeant during a drug raid has been charged with drug trafficking. …