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  • $24 million cash stuffed in buckets recovered at suspected pot dealer’s home

    Miami-Dade police detectives raiding the home of a suspected marijuana trafficker unearthed an estimated $24 million in cash – mostly in bundles of $100 bills in heat-sealed bags stuffed in …


  • Two more charged in conspiracy to smuggle drugs into prison

    Two Tennessee women are alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to smuggle illegal drugs into the Montana State Prison between April and August 2015.


  • Man had 1,400 bags of heroin hidden inside his body, police say

    A New York City man has pleaded not guilty after police say they found more than 1,400 bags of heroin stashed inside his body.


  • Court docs: Spokane Valley man beaten by wife, her mother, 4 others

    A Spokane Valley woman and her mother allegedly recruited four men to help beat up the woman’s husband and steal belongings from his home. The man and his mother-in-law both …


  • US lets in Thai fish caught by slaves despite law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In its first report on trafficking around the world, the U.S. criticized Thailand as a hub for labor abuse. Yet 14 years later, seafood caught by slaves …


  • Spokane defendant to help feds in ‘miracle’ elixir case

    A Nine Mile Falls man implicated in the international sale of industrial bleach as a “miracle” cure for HIV, cancer and other diseases will aid federal prosecutors in the investigation …


  • Nine Mile Falls man implicated in sale of bleach as miracle drug

    A Nine Mile Falls man implicated in the international sale of industrial bleach as a “miracle” cure for HIV, cancer and other diseases will aid federal prosecutors in the investigation …


  • Ariz. mom not giving up on Mexico, despite arrest

    PHOENIX (AP) — Yanira Maldonado spent her wedding anniversary in a Mexican jail. And now that she’s free and a drug smuggling allegation has been dropped, the Arizona woman says …


  • Officials: Four arrested after Wash.-B.C. border scuffle

    SUMAS, Wash. — Four people were in custody Wednesday after what officials described as a foiled drug smuggling run across Washington state’s border with Canada.


  • Owner of Rivera plane denies drug connections

    PHOENIX (AP) — The man who runs the business that owns a luxury jet that crashed and killed Latin music star Jenni Rivera says he has never been involved in …


  • Family of slain Border Patrol agent sues officials

    PHOENIX (AP) — The family of a slain Border Patrol agent has sued federal officials over the botched “Fast and Furious” gun operation. Agent Brian Terry was mortally wounded on …


  • Feds: 4 Texas officers guarded cocaine shipments

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Three South Texas lawmen including the son of a prominent county sheriff will likely spend the weekend in custody on charges accusing them and another officer …


  • 4 Texas officers accused of helping move cocaine

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced charges Thursday against four officers from a South Texas anti-drug task force who they say took thousands of dollars in bribes to guard …


  • Fast and Furious gun buyer sentenced to prison

    PHOENIX (AP) — A man who purchased two rifles found at the scene of the fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent north of the U.S.-Mexico border was sentenced Wednesday …


  • Govt outlines HSBC ties to drug money laundering

    WASHINGTON (AP) — British bank HSBC violated the Bank Secrecy Act in connection with the laundering of money from narcotics drug traffickers in Mexico and intentionally allowed prohibited transactions with …


  • Famed architect gets 6 months for drug smuggling

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — An acclaimed architect was sentenced Monday to six months in prison for hiding nearly 13 pounds of cocaine in his minivan’s battery before he tried to …


  • Famed architect to be sentenced for drug smuggling

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eugenio Velazquez is not a typical courier busted for smuggling drugs on the U.S.-Mexico border. The acclaimed architect will be sentenced Monday for trying to bring …


  • Tijuana architect was an unlikely drug courier

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eugenio Velazquez doesn’t fit the mold of the down-on-his luck, uneducated, underemployed courier who ferries drugs to the U.S. for Mexican drug cartels. The dual citizen …


  • Gypsies take curious route through US to asylum

    DERBY LINE, Vermont (AP) — A minivan with California license plates and a dozen passengers zipped across the border between Vermont and Quebec in October, heading north in a southbound …


  • Border Patrol agent arrested in smuggling probe

    PHOENIX (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been arrested after authorities say he used his patrol vehicle to smuggle drugs while on duty in southwest Arizona, according to …


  • Coast Guard death after confrontation off CA coast

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Drug smugglers from Mexico have been creeping farther north along the California coast in an attempt to evade authorities, and it appears the cat-and-mouse game was …


  • California sea smuggling claims Coast Guard life

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The killing of a U.S. Coast Guardsman whose crew was chasing a vessel suspected of being laden with drugs appears to be the latest example of …


  • Dinosaur skull seized from Wyoming home

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal Homeland Security Department official says a dinosaur skull seized from a Wyoming home is related to an investigation into fossil smuggling from Mongolia. Louis …


  • Coast Guardsman dies when boat rammed off Calif

    MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (AP) — A suspected smuggling vessel rammed a U.S. Coast Guard chase boat during a counter-drug operation off the California coast, killing one Coast Guardsman and …


  • Coast Guard member dies when boat rammed off Calif

    VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A suspected smuggling vessel rammed a U.S. Coast Guard chase boat during a counter-drug operation off the California coast, killing one Coast Guard member and injuring …


  • Smugglers’ SUV gets stuck atop Calif. border fence

    YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Suspected smugglers who tried to use ramps to drive an SUV over a 14-foot-tall border fence had to abandon their plan when the Jeep became stuck …


  • Teen who helped run OH drug ring faces sentencing

    LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teenager considered by authorities to be one of the most prolific drug dealers in the Cincinnati area is to be sentenced in a juvenile …


  • Union: Border agents opened fire on each other

    PHOENIX (AP) — The head of the U.S. Border Patrol agents’ union says the agent killed last week in a shooting in southern Arizona apparently opened fire on two colleagues …


  • Union: Border agents opened fire on each other

    PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol agent killed last week in a shooting in southern Arizona apparently opened fire on two fellow agents thinking they were armed smugglers and …


  • FBI: Strong signs border death was friendly fire

    PHOENIX (AP) — Friendly fire likely was to blame in a shooting near the Arizona-Mexico line that killed one federal agent and wounded another, the FBI said, noting the investigation …


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