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AP Exclusive: DEA agent accused of conspiring with cartel

By JOSHUA GOODMAN and JIM MUSTIAN | February 22, 2020

MIAMI (AP) — A once-standout U.S. federal narcotics agent known for spending lavishly on luxury cars and Tiffany jewelry has been arrested on charges of conspiring to launder money with the same Colombian drug cartel he was supposed to be fighting.Jose...

Son of Mexican drug kingpin pleads not guilty to US charges

By ASHRAF KHALIL | February 21, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of a fugitive Mexican drug kingpin pleaded not guilty Friday to federal drug charges during an appearance in U.S. District Court after his overnight extradition from Mexico.Ruben Oseguera faces charges of conspiracy to distribute...

Thousands light up joints during Hindu festival in Nepal

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA | February 21, 2020

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hindu holy men were joined by devotees and the public Friday at a revered temple in Kathmandu where they lit up marijuana cigarettes during an annual festival despite prohibition and warnings by authorities.Hundreds of police...

Judge gives prison time to friend of gunman who killed 9

By DAN SEWELL | February 20, 2020

CINCINNATI (AP) — A friend of a gunman who killed nine people in a shooting rampage in Dayton, Ohio, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison on Thursday on unrelated federal firearms charges.Ethan Kollie, now 25, pleaded guilty in November to lying on...

Denmark arrests 27 people on suspected cocaine smuggling

By Associated Press | February 16, 2020

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — Danish police say they have arrested 27 people for suspected drug smuggling after finding some 100 kilograms of cocaine on a Bahamas-registered cargo vessel plying Danish waters.Copenhagen police said Sunday in a statement that...

Trump to transfer $3.8B from military to fund his wall

By ANDREW TAYLOR and LOLITA C. BALDOR | February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday slashed billions of dollars in funding for 17 Navy and Air Force aircraft and other military programs to free up money for the construction of President Donald Trump's long-sought U.S.-Mexico border wall, angering...

Buttigieg’s rocky record on race gets a closer look

By MICHELLE R. SMITH | February 13, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing a more intense spotlight on his past leadership on issues of race and policing as he tries to translate his strong showing in Iowa and New Hampshire into support in more diverse states.Buttigieg,...

DEA agent sentenced to 4 years for helping drug traffickers

By JIM MUSTIAN | February 12, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal narcotics agent was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for his role in a decade-long drug conspiracy that involved the smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York.Prosecutors accused...

Philippines notifies US of intent to end major security pact

By JIM GOMEZ | February 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines notified the United States on Tuesday it would end a major security pact allowing American forces to train in the country, in the most serious threat under President Rodrigo Duterte to their 69-year treaty...

Honduran national police chief accused of money laundering

February 11, 2020

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran authorities on Tuesday arrested the head of the national police, accusing him and his wife of money laundering.Authorities arrested Leonel Luciano Sauceda and his wife, Patricia Sbeltlana Estrada on money laundering...

Judge tosses more drug convictions in Chicago cop scandal

By DON BABWIN | February 11, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge on Tuesday threw out the felony drug convictions of 12 men who were framed by a disgraced former Chicago police sergeant, bringing to 94 the number of overturned convictions linked to a massive scheme to shake down...

Air Force discloses drug investigation at nuke missile base

By ROBERT BURNS | February 10, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Security guards at an Air Force base responsible for protecting strategic nuclear missiles in three states are under investigation for alleged marijuana use, Air Force officials said Monday. They are part of the same security force...