Smuggling - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Smuggling Lawmakers probe US contractor in Iraq sex trafficking case WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional investigative panel is demanding documents and testimony from an embattled U.S. defense contractor accused of failing to promptly disclose human trafficking on a base in Iraq. An investigation by The Associated Press this month found that Sallyport Global fired two of its investigators after they uncovered evidence of the... Tue, 23 May 2017 21:54:00 GMT 2017-05-23T21:54:00Z Charges shed light on sea cucumber smuggling at US border SAN DIEGO (AP) — Charges against a father-son partnership for allegedly smuggling more than $17 million worth of sea cucumbers to the United States and exporting them to Asia sheds light on a growing and lucrative illegal cross-border trade. David Mayorquin and his father, Ramon Torres Mayorquin, are accused of a scheme to buy the illegally harvested anim... Sat, 20 May 2017 04:41:00 GMT 2017-05-20T04:41:00Z Chief: Boy called police to say father had drugs in luggage LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Massachusetts are praising an 11-year-old boy who called police to report that his father had drugs in his luggage. Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick said the boy also told officers on Wednesday that he had seen his father selling drugs earlier in the day. Fitzpatrick called the boy "brave." P... Fri, 19 May 2017 15:51:00 GMT 2017-05-19T15:51:00Z Family business charged with smuggling sea cucumbers to US SAN DIEGO (AP) — A father and son have been indicted on charges of smuggling illegally harvested sea cucumbers worth more than $17 million into the United States and selling the Chinese delicacy on Asian markets. Depending on the species, sea cucumbers can go for as much as $300 a pound in China and Hong Kong, authorities say. Ramon Torres Mayorquin and h... Fri, 19 May 2017 04:23:00 GMT 2017-05-19T04:23:00Z Indonesia arrests Japanese man in reptile smuggling JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested a Japanese man who conservationists say is a major player in the illegal wildlife trade for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 250 reptiles out of the country. The head of law enforcement at Jakarta's international airport, Ridwan Alaydrus, said Thursday that Katsuhide Naito was arreste... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:42:00 GMT 2017-05-18T10:42:00Z Rash of media murders highlights deadly threats in Mexico MEXICO CITY (AP) — A journalist is shot dead as she pulls out of her garage in the morning with her young son. Gunmen ambush another journalist while he lazes in a car wash hammock. An award-winning reporter is hauled out of his vehicle and gunned down a block from his office. On Monday, Javier Valdez became the sixth journalist slain in Mexico since earl... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:07:00 GMT 2017-05-16T23:07:00Z Journalist Javier Valdez shot to death in Mexico drug state MEXICO CITY (AP) — Javier Valdez was driving in broad daylight down a street he must have known well, just a block from his office, when he became the latest victim of a wave of journalist killings that has hit Mexico. Masked gunmen forced Valdez from his red Toyota Camry, shot him dead and left his body in the middle of the street Monday, said Riodoce, t... Tue, 16 May 2017 04:07:00 GMT 2017-05-16T04:07:00Z Noted journalist Javier Valdez killed in Mexico's Sinaloa MEXICO CITY (AP) — Javier Valdez, an award-winning reporter who specialized in covering drug trafficking and organized crime, was slain Monday in the northern state of Sinaloa, the latest in a wave of journalist killings in Mexico. Valdez is at least the sixth journalist to be murdered in Mexico since early March, an unusually high number even for one of ... Tue, 16 May 2017 03:54:00 GMT 2017-05-16T03:54:00Z Nearly $1 million verdict in sexual assault of girl in Laos MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal jury has awarded a woman nearly $1 million in a case against a former Minnesota man who she says traveled to her native Laos and sexually assaulted her when she was 14 years old. Civil cases involving allegations of child sex tourism are rare, and the jury's verdict holds the man accountable for violating child sex tourism and... Fri, 12 May 2017 20:15:00 GMT 2017-05-12T20:15:00Z Harsher sentences could result from guidance weighed by US WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department officials have been weighing new guidance that would encourage prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious offenses they can prove, a reversal of Obama-era policies that aimed to reduce the federal prison population and show more leniency to lower-level drug offenders. If embraced by Attorney General Jeff Sess... Wed, 10 May 2017 08:11:00 GMT 2017-05-10T08:11:00Z US company denies security risks, prostitution at Iraq base WASHINGTON (AP) — An embattled U.S. contractor, accused of failing to promptly disclose sex trafficking, alcohol smuggling and security violations on a nearly $700 million contract to secure an Iraqi air base, is denying many of the charges. An attorney for investigators, who were fired by the company, says the explanations don't stand up. Revelations of ... Fri, 05 May 2017 22:14:00 GMT 2017-05-05T22:14:00Z Mexican drug lord El Chapo will be tried in US in April 2018 NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday set an April 2018 trial date for Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on charges he oversaw a multibillion-dollar international drug trafficking organization responsible for murders and kidnappings. U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan first suggested during a pretrial hearing in Brooklyn that a trial could occur e... Fri, 05 May 2017 18:30:00 GMT 2017-05-05T18:30:00Z US company turned blind eye to wild behavior on Iraq base WASHINGTON (AP) — The two American investigators felt a sense of foreboding that Sunday as they headed to an emergency meeting with their boss on the Iraqi air base. But they didn't expect to be surrounded by armed guards, disarmed, detained against their will — and fired without explanation. It was March 12 — less than two months ago. Robert Cole and Kri... Thu, 04 May 2017 01:54:00 GMT 2017-05-04T01:54:00Z Clashes in Venezuela as Maduro starts constitutional rewrite CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Thousands of protesters were met with plumes of tear gas in Venezuela's capital Wednesday, just a short distance from where President Nicolas Maduro delivered a decree kicking off a process to rewrite the polarized nation's constitution. Surrounded by top-ranking socialist officials, a riled-up Maduro told supporters dressed in r... Wed, 03 May 2017 23:58:00 GMT 2017-05-03T23:58:00Z 67 pounds of marijuana found in casket at Arizona checkpoint TOMBSTONE, Ariz. (AP) — Border Patrol agents have seen numerous ways people try to smuggle drugs across the Arizona border in recent years. They can now add marijuana hidden in a casket to the list. Agents working an immigration checkpoint in southern Arizona said they stopped a hearse last weekend and found 67 pounds of marijuana inside a mahogany coffin. ... Mon, 01 May 2017 23:58:00 GMT 2017-05-01T23:58:00Z Ontario police arrest 100 men in child prostitution case TORONTO (AP) — More than 100 men have been arrested for allegedly looking to buy sex from underage girls, an Ontario police force said Friday. York Regional Det. Sgt. Thai Truong said undercover officers put ads online to find men looking for sex. When men responded to the ads, they were told that they were talking to children, aged 13 to 16. Truong said that most of the men... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:43:00 GMT 2017-04-21T17:43:00Z Kentucky Derby season draws warnings of human trafficking LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general is urging people to pay attention to more than horses and parties during the springtime celebrations leading up to the Kentucky Derby. Warning of the unsavory side of Derby season, authorities are asking for the public's help in cracking down on sex traffickers trying to cash in on the crowds expected for the world's most fa... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:11:00 GMT 2017-04-20T21:11:00Z Trump, top officials take aim at brutal MS-13 street gang WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration vowed Tuesday to crack down on MS-13, a notoriously brutal Central American street gang blamed for a recent series of killings in suburban New York, and accused Obama-era border policies of allowing its ranks to flourish. The gang is known for hacking and stabbing victims with machetes, drug dealing, prostitution... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:38:00 GMT 2017-04-19T12:38:00Z Marshals nab last of 'cocaine cowboys,' on lam for 26 years MIAMI (AP) — A quarter-century after he vanished on the eve of a major drug indictment, the last of Miami's fabled "cocaine cowboys" was in custody Thursday, nabbed on a suburban bike ride with his wife near Disney World. Prosecutors say the man living under an assumed name is Gustavo "Taby" Falcon, who was part of a homegrown drug gang that used super-fa... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:59:00 GMT 2017-04-13T19:59:00Z Man pleads guilty to smuggling dozens from Pakistan to US WASHINGTON (AP) — A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to helping smuggle dozens of people from Pakistan and Afghanistan into the United States by way of dangerous treks through Brazil and Latin America. Sharafat Ali Khan, 32, described by prosecutors as a Pakistani national and fromer resident of Brazil, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to smuggle undocumented migrants int... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:27:00 GMT 2017-04-12T22:27:00Z UN expert probes human trafficking in Cuba in milestone trip HAVANA (AP) — An independent expert from the United Nations was in Cuba on Monday for a four-day visit to evaluate the human trafficking situation on the island for the first time in a decade. Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro is expected to visit a school and meet parliament leader Esteban Lazo and also has scheduled trips to the provinces of Matanzas and Artemis... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:24:00 GMT 2017-04-10T18:24:00Z Former Mexican cartel head gets life for drug smuggling WASHINGTON (AP) — A once-powerful Mexican drug cartel leader and associate of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been sentenced to life in a U.S. prison. Alfredo Beltran Leyva, 46, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in February to charges his multibillion-dollar operation smuggled tons of cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States. Beltran Leyva led the organiz... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:08:00 GMT 2017-04-05T23:08:00Z Mexican state prosecutor charged with drug smuggling in US SAN DIEGO (AP) — The attorney general for the western Mexican state of Nayarit has been arrested in Southern California on charges of drug smuggling. An indictment unsealed in New York on Tuesday charges Edgar Veytia with conspiracy to smuggle cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to the United States from January 2013 to last month. It provides no additional details on the al... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:13:00 GMT 2017-03-30T00:13:00Z Man accused of keeping women to work in strip clubs indicted ATLANTA (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a man accused of holding women against their will in a million-dollar home near Atlanta and forcing them to dance in strip clubs. The indictment returned Friday against 33-year-old Kenndric Roberts comes a day after a judge dismissed 11 of 14 charges against him and set bond at $80,000. Fulton Co... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:00:00 GMT 2017-03-24T19:00:00Z 2 sentenced for conspiracy to smuggle people into US NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two men from India have been sentenced in federal court in New Jersey to prison time for their roles in a conspiracy to smuggle people into the United States. Authorities say 42-year-old Nileshkumar Patel and 67-year-old Harsad Mehta were each sentenced on Tuesday in Newark to 17 months in prison. They both had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to s... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:23:00 GMT 2017-03-22T02:23:00Z Cops: Cocaine trafficker lived in public housing for elderly TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A 74-year-old Massachusetts man living in public housing for the elderly faces drug trafficking charges after police say they found cocaine valued at about $150,000 in his unit. Police say they found about 1,300 grams, or nearly 3 pounds, of cocaine at Pedro Rodriguez's Taunton apartment on Friday. The Taunton Dail... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:34:00 GMT 2017-03-21T19:34:00Z Jury convicts sports agent, trainer in Cuban smuggling case MIAMI (AP) — A Miami jury on Wednesday convicted a Florida sports agent and a baseball trainer on charges they smuggled Cuban baseball players to the U.S. in search of big profits from professional free agent contracts. The verdict came after jurors heard about six weeks of testimony in the trial of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, who were indicted o... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:11:00 GMT 2017-03-15T22:11:00Z The Latest: July sentencing set in Cuban smuggling case MIAMI (AP) — The latest on developments on the Cuban baseball smuggling case (All times local): 4:45 p.m. A judge has set sentencing for July 11 for a sports agent and baseball trainer convicted of smuggling ballplayers from Cuba to the U.S. Prosecutors say agent Bartolo Hernandez faces between three and 15 years in p... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:52:00 GMT 2017-03-15T20:52:00Z Prosecutors: Florida men smuggled Cuban players to get rich MIAMI (AP) — Federal prosecutors told jurors Tuesday that a Florida sports agent and a baseball trainer orchestrated an illegal Cuban ballplayer smuggling ring to get rich by making it easier for the players to escape the communist island and sign lucrative Major League Baseball contracts. Defense lawyers countered that agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:57:00 GMT 2017-03-14T20:57:00Z End near for Cuban baseball player smuggling trial MIAMI (AP) — Testimony has ended in the Miami trial of a sports agent and a trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the U.S. so they could sign lucrative professional contracts. The prosecution and defense rested Friday. Closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday morning in the federal case against agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, both of ... 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