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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 …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 4:48 p.m.

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced Wednesday to life behind bars in a U.S. prison, a humbling end for a drug lord notorious for his ability …


Hugo Chavez’s longtime spy chief arrested in Madrid on U.S. arrest warrant for drug-trafficking offenses

A Spanish National Police spokeswoman says that Hugo Chavez’s longtime spy chief has been arrested in Madrid on a United States warrant for drug-trafficking offenses.


Former Idaho prison guards sentenced for drug trafficking

Two former Idaho Department of Corrections officers were sentenced this week for their part in a drug trafficking operation inside prisons.


Traffic stop leads discovery of 800 pounds of pot

Idaho State Police say a traffic stop in eastern Idaho led to the discovery of 800 pounds of marijuana worth more than $3 million.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 9:16 p.m.

Jury selection starts in ‘El Chapo’ trial and touches on his interview with Sean Penn

Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman started his trafficking trial in Brooklyn on Monday with fortress-like security, jittery jurors and multiple mentions of the actor Sean Penn.


Authorities arrest about three dozen in Western Washington drug busts

Authorities say they’ve arrested about three dozen people connected with a violent drug trafficking group in Western Washington.


Fugitive in 1989 drug case caught walking to U.S. from Canada

A fugitive who was arrested walking across a remote part of the U.S.-Canada border will face charges dating back to 1989 that he was a member of a trafficking ring …


Alleged drug trafficker charged in smuggling from Mexico

An alleged drug trafficker was accused Tuesday of flooding the New York City area with large quantities of fentanyl from Mexico at a time when overdoses related to the powerful …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Former Montana lawmaker gets 18 years for drug trafficking

A former leader of the Montana House of Representatives who once supported funding for an anti-drug campaign was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for his central role in …


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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.


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.


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.


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 …