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Officers stake out 2 airports, nab accused turtle trafficker

An investigation involving two of the world’s biggest airports and hundreds of turtles has led to federal charges that a man illegally shipped the reptiles to China.

Arizona man says he’s trapped in Coeur d’Alene fighting an illegal search that landed him in prison for marijuana trafficking

Wylie Hunter was stopped with a drug smuggling partner outside of Coeur d’Alene with 75 pounds of marijuana in his trunk. Now out on parole, Hunter is bringing a legal …

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.

Ring leader in opioid trafficking scheme sentenced

A Tacoma, Washington, man accused of leading an opioid trafficking ring that brought pills from Los Angeles to Western Washington has been sentenced to five years in prison.

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 28, 2017

Group accused of shipping Colorado pot to other states

A mammoth marijuana trafficking ring that pretended to be growing weed for sick people was instead illegally shipping the drug to a half-dozen other states and bilking investors, including former …

Tillerson puts onus of drug trafficking crisis on consumption by Americans

On Thursday, the top U.S. diplomat said the root of the deadly drug trafficking crisis killing thousands of people on both sides of the border was American drug habits.

Gov. Jay Inslee signs sexual assault protection order bill

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that would allow the courts to issue permanent protection orders for victims of sexual assault.

Washington man pleads guilty to trafficking ivory

Authorities say a man living in southwestern Washington has pleaded guilty to trafficking whale, elephant and walrus ivory.

Prince William: We’re still step behind wildlife traffickers

Britain’s Prince William praised Vietnam, China and other Asian countries for taking unprecedented steps to battle wildlife trafficking but said Thursday the truth is that rhinos, elephants, pangolins and lions …

Prince William arrives in Vietnam for wildlife trafficking meeting

Britain’s Prince William has arrived on his first visit to Vietnam, where he will take part in an international conference on illegal wildlife trade in the fight to protect elephants, …

Authorities: Seattle heroin traffickers indicted

The alleged leader of a heroin trafficking organization tied to Seattle has been arrested in Mexico and returned to the U.S. to face charges, authorities said Thursday.

Men arrested in Oregon with over $2.3M in drugs

BIGGS JUNCTION, Ore. – A man from Royal City, Washington, and a man from Moses Lake were arrested last week after millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine and methamphetamine was …