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Family on South Carolina vacation pulls 44 pounds of cocaine from ocean

A family visiting South Carolina fished a big package from the ocean, took it to their rental home and opened it up, finding about 44 pounds of cocaine.

US narcotics agent admits role in drug trafficking scheme

A federal narcotics agent scheduled to stand trial this month has pleaded guilty to participating in a decadelong drug conspiracy that involved the smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine …

100 years ago in Spokane: Seattle visitor suspected of extending drug ring

D.R. Wolfe was arrested with $500 worth of cocaine, morphine and other drugs in his hotel room. Police said it was unequivocal evidence that a drug ring in Seattle had …

UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019

Cocaine haul from ship grows, arrests now stand at 6

Federal authorities have upped the amount of cocaine they seized from a ship at the Philadelphia port to more than 35,000 pounds, or 15,876 kilograms, making it the largest cocaine …

UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019

33K pounds of cocaine seized in one of biggest US drug busts

U.S. authorities seized more than $1 billion worth of cocaine Tuesday from a ship at a Philadelphia port, calling it one of the largest drug busts in American history.

High fashion: North Macedonia uncovers drug-laced clothes

Authorities in North Macedonia have charged three people with smuggling a suitcase packed with cocaine-laced clothes into the country from Peru.

UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019

WSU student charged with selling cocaine to informant; raid nets half-pound of drug

A 23-year-old Washington State University student was arrested Thursday morning after detectives sent an informant to purchase drugs and then raided the suspect’s house in Pullman, finding a half-pound of …

Undocumented man sentenced to prison for organized cocaine trafficking in Eastern Washington

A man was sentenced in Spokane on Thursday to 19 years in federal prison for leading and organizing a years-long drug conspiracy.

Houston police chief: 5 undercover officers injured in drug raid

Houston’s police chief says officers attempting to serve a search warrant at a suspected drug house became embroiled in a gunbattle that ended with two suspects dead and five officers …

UN says Colombia’s coca production surges to record high

A United Nations report said Wednesday that cultivation of the plant used to make cocaine has reached an all-time high in Colombia, adding pressure on President Ivan Duque to resume …

UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018

Extraordinary drug dog worries Colombian cartel

Sombra, a six-year-old German shepherd, has helped Colombia’s police detect more than 2,000 kilos of cocaine hidden in suitcases, boats and large shipments of fruit. But as the dog sniffs …

Secret report: Honduras’ new top cop helped cartel move coke

When Jose David Aguilar Moran took over as Honduras’ new national police chief last week, he promised to continue reforming a law enforcement agency stained by corruption and complicity with …

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017

Official: Actor Charlie Heaton denied U.S. entry over drugs

A law enforcement official says “Stranger Things” actor Charlie Heaton was denied entry into the U.S. last week after trace amounts of cocaine were found in his luggage when he …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017

Official: ‘Stranger Things’ actor Charlie Heaton denied U.S. entry over drugs

A law enforcement official says “Stranger Things” actor Charlie Heaton was denied entry into the U.S. last week after trace amounts of cocaine were found in his luggage when he …

Lewiston city council candidate Follett drops out of race

A large field of candidates for Lewiston City Council shrank by one Tuesday as Greg Follett dropped out of the race five days after it emerged that he purchased cocaine …

26 charged with trafficking cocaine at Puerto Rico airport

Federal law enforcement has broken up a $4 million drug-trafficking ring at Puerto Rico’s main international airport that relied on bathrooms and garbage chutes to smuggle cocaine to the U.S. …

American cocaine use is way up. Colombia’s coca boom might be why.

While much of the recent attention on drug abuse in the United States has focused on the heroin and opioid epidemic, cocaine has also been making a comeback. It appears …

794 lbs of cocaine worth $62 million washes up on English beach

British police say 794 pounds (360 kilograms) of cocaine with a street value of up to 50 million pounds ($62 million) has washed up on beaches in eastern England.

110 pounds of African drug khat seized at Pittsburgh airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have seized 110 pounds of an African drug being shipped through Pittsburgh International Airport.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017

Repairs uncover cocaine worth $434K in airplane’s nose gear

Authorities say 31 pounds of cocaine that was accidentally discovered stashed in the nose of an American Airlines aircraft in Tulsa is worth around $434,000.

Texas man caught with cocaine hidden under belly fat, police say

Authorities say a Texas man tried to destroy cocaine hidden under his belly fat while being taken to jail after failing a field sobriety test early on New Year’s Eve.

Coast Guard, Canada Navy seize 26 tons of cocaine in Pacific

More than 26 tons of cocaine worth at least $715 million was brought ashore Thursday in Florida following multiple recent seizures by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian …

100 years ago in Spokane: Police uncover illegal booze, drug operation in South Hill home

From our archive, 100 years ago Two women and three men were arrested after police found opium, cocaine, morphine and 125 quarts of whisky in a house on the lower …

20 pounds of cocaine found in speeding BMW

A man is facing charges after police found 20 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $320,000 inside a BMW.

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.

French Coca-Cola workers find smuggled cocaine in shipment

Workers at a Coca-Cola factory in southern France opened a shipment of orange juice but found a huge shipment of cocaine instead.

Cocaine-soap mix-up costs Pennsylvania police $195,000

Court documents show the Pennsylvania State Police have paid $195,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a New York man who spent 29 days behind bars after troopers mistook homemade …

Washington man charged after $2.2M in cocaine seized in Ohio

State and federal authorities say they have seized cocaine worth an estimated street value of $2.2 million and arrested a Washington state man in a drug investigation in northwest Ohio.

Portland police seize $1.5 million in cocaine

Portland police say they have seized an estimated $1.5 million worth of cocaine after stopping a vehicle with suspected drug traffickers in Washington County.

100 years ago in Spokane: school janitor came to work for days with smallpox

The custodian at Whittler School came to work for eight to 10 days with an advanced case of smallpox.