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A tale of 2 migrations: Before and after new Trump policies

One Salvadoran family’s migration to the United States over the past year illustrates the profound effect policy changes in the U.S., Mexico and Central America are having.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019

Ex-Vatican prelate convicted of corruption in smuggling case

Italian news agency ANSA says a monsignor who had worked as a senior Vatican accountant has been convicted of corruption in connection with a failed cash-smuggling plot.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018

U.S.: Vet implanted heroin in puppies for Colombia drug ring

A veterinarian accused of implanting liquid heroin in puppies for a Colombian drug trafficking ring is now in custody in New York.


Pastor pleads guilty to trying to smuggle 280 pounds of pot

A former church pastor in Vancouver has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge for trying to smuggle more than 280 pounds of pot into the country from Mexico.


U.S. sanctions North Korean ships suspected of smuggling goods

The United States on Wednesday slapped sanctions on six North Korean ships, 16 individuals and nine companies that it said had facilitated Pyongyang’s weapons programs in a continuing effort to …


Ivory dealer goes undercover to help bust wildlife smuggler

A Washington ivory and antiquities dealer will serve six months in prison after pleading guilty to federal smuggling charges four years ago and then going undercover to help authorities prosecute …


Chinese migrants lead US agents to San Diego border tunnel

Officials say dozens of migrants fleeing from Border Patrol agents led authorities to a surprising discovery: A tunnel under the US-Mexico border in San Diego used to bring Chinese nationals …


60 immigrants found in refrigerated truck trailer in Texas

Sixty immigrants have been found in a load of ice-covered broccoli in a refrigerated trailer that was searched at a South Texas border checkpoint, federal officials said Monday.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017

U.S. pot states try to curb smuggling, fend off administration

Well before Oregon legalized marijuana, its verdant, wet forests made it an ideal place for growing the drug, which often ended up being funneled out of the state for big …


UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017

9 die in immigrant-smuggling attempt in sweltering truck

At least nine people died after being crammed into a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat, victims of what authorities said on Sunday was …


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017

Border officers find more than 53 pounds of meth in vehicle

Authorities say U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered seven packages of methamphetamine weighing more than 53 pounds at the border in Blaine, Washington.


Thai police seize 1.2 million methamphetamine tablets

Thai police said Monday they have seized more than 1 million methamphetamine tablets this month, as trade in the illicit drug shows little sign of abating.


UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017

Feds: Seattle police officer helped run marijuana to Baltimore

A Seattle police officer has been charged with helping smuggle hundreds of pounds of marijuana to Baltimore.


Horse meat and genitals hidden in juice boxes seized by customs agents in Virginia

Customs and Border Protection agents at Dulles International Airport in Virginia seized 42 pounds of horse meat and horse genitals hidden in juice boxes, officials said Thursday. The incident happened …


Three men charged with smuggling meth in semi-trailer’s gas tank

Three men from Mexico are charged with smuggling more than 1,000 pounds of liquid methamphetamine into northeast Kansas in the gas tank of a semi-trailer truck


Border Patrol seizes $3M from cars headed to Mexico

The U.S. Border Patrol seized more than $3 million that was being smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico.


$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 …