Officials baffled by large migrant groups at remote crossing

U.S. 12/18/18, 17:49

U.S. immigration officials say hundreds of migrants are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in a desolate New Mexico region that until recently had seen barely any traffic. They say it appears to be a smuggling route. It is where 7-year-old Jakelin Caal and her father were found Dec. 6 along with more than ...

Japanese boat owners charged with helping smuggle shark fins

U.S. 12/14/18, 14:11

U.S. prosecutors in Hawaii are accusing the owners and officers of a Japanese fishing boat of helping Indonesian fishermen smuggle nearly 1,000 shark fins, worth about $58,000 on the black market.Boat owners Hamada Suisan Co. Ltd. and JF Zengyoren, or Japan Fisheries Cooperatives in English, are charged with aiding and ...

Customs finds 70 finches in hair rollers

New York 12/13/18, 08:06

Customs officials at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport say they found 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers.Authorities say a passenger arriving from Guyana on Saturday had the songbirds in a duffel bag.The New York Times reports officials believe the birds were brought to the U.S. to participate ...

Serbia court sentences drug lord to 15 years in prison

America 12/10/18, 07:57

A Serbian court on Monday sentenced a Balkan drug lord to 15 years in prison for smuggling 5.7 tons of cocaine from South America to Europe.The Organized Crime court ruled that Darko Saric was guilty of leading a criminal organization that smuggled cocaine from Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay to Western ...

Diamond smuggling scandal spotlights shadowy Israeli tycoon

Business 12/04/18, 01:34

A shadowy Israeli billionaire who made his fortune in the insular world of diamonds has suddenly found his empire in jeopardy after close associates were busted in a massive smuggling ring and an employee mysteriously plummeted to her death from his high-rise Tel Aviv office building.Lev Leviev, known in Israel ...

Witness says bloodshed and bribery rampant under ‘El Chapo’

U.S. 11/19/18, 20:13

Infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, armed with a diamond-encrusted pistol, relied on rampant bloodshed and bribery to protect his multibillion-dollar drug smuggling operation and his hold on power, a former lieutenant for his cartel testified on Monday at his Guzman's U.S. trial.During his third day on the ...

Prisons say changes after guards fell ill have cut smuggling

Pennsylvania 10/05/18, 12:23

Pennsylvania prison officials say they are seeing positive results from changes to mail and visiting policies meant to address a slew of incidents in recent months that caused dozens of corrections officers and other employees to seek medical help for suspected exposure to synthetic marijuana.The agency says cases of suspected ...

California woman sentenced for China smuggling

California 10/01/18, 20:24

A California woman who helped smuggle military and space communications technology from the United States to China has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison.Si Chen of Pomona was handed a 46-month term on Monday.Prosecutors say that from 2013 to 2015, Chen bought and illegally exported items to ...

8 dead in crash were Arizona residents, Guatemalan migrants

California 09/21/18, 16:35

Arizona residents and Guatemalan immigrants in the U.S. illegally were among eight people killed earlier this week in a head-on crash on a highway near the historic prison town of Florence, authorities said Friday.The Arizona Department of Public Safety released the names of some of the people who died in ...

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