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4 louisiana prison officers arrested on smuggling charges


angola, la. (ap) — four louisiana correctional officers have been arrested as part of an investigation into contraband smuggling and “inappropriate behavior.”nola.com/the times-picayune cites a release from the department of public safety and corrections saying four louisiana state penitentiary officers have been arrested since saturday, while another officer was fired and another was placed on administrative leave. more arrests are expected.allegations include drug smuggling, accepting money from inmates and their relatives and having inappropriate relationships with inmates.all the officers involved thus far are women. the four arrested have since resigned.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksthe inmates involved have been placed in administrative segre






brother of sinaloa drug cartel leader arrested at mexico-arizona border


the brother of a leader of the powerful sinaloa cartel was indicted on drug smuggling charges friday, a day after he was arrested at the border in nogales, ariz., the u.s. attorney’s office in san diego said.a grand jury indictment filed in san diego federal court charges alvaro lopez nuñez, 38, and five close associates with doling out drugs to smugglers and smuggling the narcotics into the u.s. themselves from may 2005 to august 2016.drug enforcement administration agents arrested lopez nuñez at a port of entry in nogales on thursday, the u.s. attorney’s office said. he was indicted in a federal court in tucson on friday and is expected to be extradited to san diego to face the charges.his arrest comes on the heels of the july 27 arrest of his nephew, damaso lopez serrano, also known as






man pleads guilty to using california drug-smuggling tunnel


calexico, calif. (ap) — a man accused of operating a drug-smuggling tunnel in california has pleaded guilty after being arrested in may.the 35-year-old spent nearly six years in a mexico prison for gun trafficking before being arrested in the u.s.the san diego union-tribune reported (http://bit.ly/2wprvfl ) monday that habib mujica pleaded guilty to conspiring to finance, construct and use the drug-smuggling tunnel discovered in calexico six years ago.homeland security investigations agents discovered the tunnel at a warehouse in 2011.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.mujica says in his plea agreement that he intended to run a business called baja bikes as a front to conceal illegal activities.he faces up to 40 years in prison and up to $750,000 in fines.___informat






brother of sinaloa cartel leader arrested at border in arizona


the brother of a leader of the powerful sinaloa cartel was indicted on drug smuggling charges friday, a day after he was arrested at the border in nogales, ariz, the u.s. attorney’s office in san diego said.a grand jury indictment filed in san diego federal court accuses alvaro lopez nuñez, 38, and five close associates of doling out drugs to smugglers and smuggling the narcotics into the u.s. themselves from may 2005 to august 2016.drug enforcement administration agents arrested lopez nuñez at a port of entry in nogales on thursday, the u.s. attorney’s office said. he was indicted in a federal court in tucson on friday and is expected to be extradited to san diego to face the charges.his arrest comes on the heels of the july 27 arrest of his nephew, damaso lopez serrano, also known as “mi






customs: smuggler arrested at jfk with cocaine taped to legs


new york — authorities say a drug smuggler flew into new york's kennedy airport with 10 pounds of cocaine taped to his legs.u.s. customs and border protection said friday that officers arrested juan carlos galan luperon on march 4 after they noticed he was "busting out of his pants."luperon, a u.s. citizen, had arrived in new york from the dominican republic.customs officials say officers noticed luperon's pants were snug. the officers searched luperon in a private room.according to the agency, the officers found packages of white powder taped to luperon's legs. the agency says the powder tested positive for cocaine.luperon was arrested on federal narcotics smuggling charges. it's not clear if he has an attorney who can speak for him.authorities say the cocaine was worth about $164,000.






oklahoma prison guard arrested on child sex charges


oklahoma city (ap) — the oklahoma department of corrections says a prison guard has been arrested on child sex charges.the department said in a news release saturday that 46-year-old cpl. christopher adams was arrested by department officers and oklahoma city police.adams is charged with eight counts of lewd or indecent acts with a child younger than 16. he faces additional counts of rape and forcible sodomy, but the charges do not reflect the age of the alleged victims.online jail records show adams remains in custody and court records do not list an attorney for him.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the department of corrections says adams had been an employee since november 2014 and that action regarding his employment with the agency is pending.






correction: firearms smuggling charges story


alexandria, va. — in a story feb. 27 about an arms trafficking case, the associated press, citing a statement from the u.s. attorney's office for the eastern district of virginia, erroneously said the suspects are chechens. an updated release identified the men as citizens of kyrgyzstan.a corrected version of the story is below:2 men in dc area accused of smuggling firearms to chechnyatwo citizens of kyrgyzstan living in the washington metropolitan area are accused of smuggling firearms to the russian republic of chechnyaalexandria, va. (ap) — two citizens of kyrgyzstan living in the washington metropolitan area are accused of smuggling firearms to the russian republic of chechnya.a release from the u.s. attorney's office for the eastern district of virginia says 28-year-old tengiz sydykov






louisiana police: man fires several rounds at officers


gonzales, la. — police in louisiana say several rounds were fired at officers and a man has been arrested.a gonzales police facebook post says 26-year-old aaron moser was charged with several offenses including attempted first-degree homicide.officers were dispatched saturday to a disturbance in vesta trailer park relating to a subject with a gun threatening tenants.officers went to the suspect's listed address. while approaching the trailer, officers saw a subject in the woods.officers heard the chambering of a round, and the suspect fired three rounds at the officers.an officer was able to fire a shot at the suspect, resulting in no injuries.moser fled but was taken into custody. it's unclear if he has a lawyer.gonzales is about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northwest of new orleans.






cartel's 'engineer' of border tunnels gets prison time


a mexican businessman who as a member of the sinaloa cartel was indicted on drug smuggling charges in 1995, was sentenced to 97 months in prison friday.antonio reynoso gonzalez, 72, will actually spend less than five years in federal prison because he was given credit for 40 months of time served, including jail in mexico while awaiting extradition to the u.s. that lowers his remaining prison time to 57 months.the elderly reynoso was one of 23 people indicted in 1995 for smuggling drugs. the indictment listed joaquin loera “el chapo” guzman as the leader.guzman went on to become the most notorious cartel leader in mexico for more than a decade, evading capture at first and then escaping twice from custody, before being extradited to the u.s. this year. he is awaiting trial in new york.reyn






driver accused of human smuggling in texas pleads not guilty


san antonio — the driver of a semitrailer that was transporting people into the u.s. through texas in an alleged human smuggling operation has pleaded not guilty to federal charges against him.james matthew bradley jr. was indicted wednesday on five charges, including conspiracy to transport immigrants illegally for financial gain resulting in death and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. he entered a not guilty plea thursday.san antonio officers found the semitrailer containing almost 40 people in july. its refrigeration system wasn't working, and investigators say passengers had difficulty breathing as temperatures climbed to dangerous levels.the alleged smuggling operation resulted in at least 10 deaths. twenty-two survivors are in custody as potential witnesses. two people re






people smuggling raids: 21 arrests made across england


image caption police targeted about 20 properties in the north east and south of england raids have taken place across england in an operation to tackle people smuggling involving suspected kurdish gangsters.the national crime agency (nca) said 350 officers were involved in the raids in middlesbrough, hartlepool, stockton, newcastle, hastings and london. officers raided about 20 addresses and made 21 arrests in the major operation.the gang is suspected of charging up to £10,000 per head to smuggle migrants in the back of lorries across the channel.as well as residential properties, a number of car washes believed to be linked to money laundering activities were also raided.the nca said most of the trafficked immigrants are iraqi kurds and mostly men, but some families have also been brough






louisiana prison guard arrested, fired


baton rouge, la. (ap) — a prison guard at elayn hunt correctional center has been arrested on a charge of sexual battery and immediately fired.ken pastorick, a spokesman for the louisiana department of corrections, says 32-year-old krystal l. binder, of walker, was arrested friday after she admitted to inappropriately touching an inmate while she was on duty thursday. security cameras captured the incident where binder allegedly touched one male offender and then another male inmate inappropriately touched the officer.pastorick says binder was immediately terminated from her position as a probational correctional officer. she had worked for the department since august.he says the department will also ask the district attorney to consider charging binder with one count of malfeasance in off






indonesia arrests japanese man in reptile smuggling


jakarta, indonesia — 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 arrested after customs officers found 181 lizards, 65 snakes and seven turtles in his luggage.he said the wildlife seized tuesday included 12 different species, three of which are endangered.naito allegedly bought the haul from poachers in northern sumatra and the indonesian part of borneo, alaydrus said. it included green tree snakes, borneo lizards and pig-nosed turtles, which are protected under indonesian law.naito was arrested before boarding a fl






indonesia arrests japanese man in reptile smuggling


jakarta, indonesia — 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 arrested after customs officers found 181 lizards, 65 snakes and seven turtles in his luggage.he said the wildlife seized tuesday included 12 different species, three of which are endangered.katsuhide allegedly bought the haul from poachers in northern sumatra and the indonesian part of borneo, alaydrus said. it included green tree snakes, borneo lizards and pig-nosed turtles, which are protected under indonesian law.naito was arrested before boarding






south sudan releases 6 aid workers accused of smuggling arms


nairobi, kenya — an international aid organization says south sudan's military has released six of its workers who had been arrested in january and accused of smuggling arms.doctors without borders told the associated press monday that the aid workers were arrested jan. 4 in the yei area on suspicion of transferring weapons to the opposition, charges denied by the switzerland-based organization.however, south sudan's information minister michael makuei insisted on monday that the charges are valid. he added that the released workers left yei without permission.two of the international workers were released on january 27th and the four others were released on march 31st.international aid organizations are facing increasingly hostile conditions in south sudan even as they help the country re






louisiana police: man fires several rounds at officers


gonzales, la. (ap) — police in louisiana say several rounds were fired at officers and a man has been arrested.a gonzales police facebook post says 26-year-old aaron moser was charged with several offenses including attempted first-degree homicide.officers were dispatched saturday to a disturbance in vesta trailer park relating to a subject with a gun threatening tenants.officers went to the suspect’s listed address. while approaching the trailer, officers saw a subject in the woods.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksofficers heard the chambering of a round, and the suspect fired three rounds at the officers.an officer was able to fire a shot at the suspect, resulting in no injuries.moser fled but was taken into custody. it’s unclear if he has a lawyer.






man faces 30 years for immigrant smuggling operation


miami — a cuban national faces up to 30 years in prison for his part in an immigrant smuggling operation from the bahamas to the united states.a u.s. attorney office release says 54-year-old carlos garcia-legon pleaded guilty monday to multiple charges, including 14 counts of encouraging and inducing an alien to come to the country illegally. sentencing is scheduled for july 10.court documents show a u.s. customs and border protection aircraft spotted garcia-legon's 25-foot boat near bimini, bahamas, in february, and officers watched multiple passengers transfer from another vessel. cbp and u.s. coast guard vessels approached garcia-legon's boat off the coast of miami. following repeated orders to stop, officers fired four shotgun rounds into his engines.authorities say garcia-legon was tr






inmates, ex-officer charged in contraband smuggling scheme at donovan prison


eleven people, including six inmates and a former prison officer, are charged in a scheme that involved smuggling drugs and cellphones into the donovan state prison in otay mesa.anibal navarro, the former officer, was paid $1,000 to $2,000 each time he took the contraband into the richard j. donovan correctional facility, the u.s. attorney’s office said tuesday. the drugs that made it inside included methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.according to a federal grand jury indictment, inmate martin gomez enlisted navarro’s help in april 2014. the operation continued until last june when the fbi and the california department of corrections and rehabilitation’s internal affairs unit arrested navarro.prison staff working on a tip had stopped navarro before he entered the facility with contraban






people-smuggling raids lead to 11 uk arrests


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionthree overnight raids took place in london, birmingham and gatesheadimmigration officers have arrested 11 people in the uk after overnight raids, as part of a europe-wide investigation into people smuggling.those arrested were detained in london, birmingham and gateshead.they are alleged to be part of an organised crime gang that used vehicles with secret compartments to transport people to the uk.a further 15 people were arrested in bulgaria and belgium during raids at the same time.some 200 officers took part in the operation, which was led by the home office and codenamed halifax.people being smuggled are thought to have been mainly from afghanistan along with pakistan and vietnam. the gang allegedly used specially-adapted vans an






baltimore police department officers arrested on robbery, racketeering charges


baltimore -- federal prosecutors say seven baltimore police officers have been arrested on charges of racketeering, including allegedly robbing people, filing false affidavits and making fake claims for overtime.a news release wednesday morning from the u.s. attorney’s office says one officer also is charged with drug distribution. police spokesman t.j. smith says the officers are suspended without pay.the u.s. attorney, the fbi, the dea and baltimore police commissioner kevin davis plan to discuss the charges at a late-morning news conference.






2 officers attacked by inmate at north carolina prison


raleigh, n.c. — a prison spokesman in north carolina says an inmate and two correctional officers he attacked suffered no serious injuries.public safety spokesman keith acree said the male inmate and the two guards were treated and released from a raleigh hospital after the attack at the central prison about 11 p.m. monday.acree said at least one of the officers was female. he did not know about the other officer.the names of those involved have not been released.acree said the inmate lost his temper and punched the officers. he said the situation was controlled quickly. there is no word yet on possible charges for the inmate.central prison has more than 750 inmates.






douglas man arrested at border, accused of human smuggling


douglas, ariz. (ap) — the border patrol has helped arrest five people involved in a human smuggling attempt in douglas.agents from the douglas station assisted douglas police after a car was stopped for a traffic violation tuesday night.they noticed two men prone in the back seat and two others in the vehicle’s trunk.all four passengers were identified as citizens of guatemala and in the u.s. illegally.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.they were arrested for immigration violations.border patrol officials say a 52-year-old douglas man was driving the car and taken into custody for human smuggling.the names of the five men haven’t been released.






man faces 30 years for immigrant smuggling operation


miami (ap) — a cuban national faces up to 30 years in prison for his part in an immigrant smuggling operation from the bahamas to the united states.a u.s. attorney office release says 54-year-old carlos garcia-legon pleaded guilty monday to multiple charges, including 14 counts of encouraging and inducing an alien to come to the country illegally. sentencing is scheduled for july 10.court documents show a u.s. customs and border protection aircraft spotted garcia-legon’s 25-foot boat near bimini, bahamas, in february, and officers watched multiple passengers transfer from another vessel. cbp and u.s. coast guard vessels approached garcia-legon’s boat off the coast of miami. following repeated orders to stop, officers fired four shotgun rounds into his engines.authorities say garcia-legon w






7 baltimore officers arrested on robbery, other charges


baltimore (ap) — federal prosecutors say seven baltimore police officers have been arrested on charges of racketeering, including allegedly robbing people, filing false affidavits and making fake claims for overtime.a news release wednesday morning from the u.s. attorney’s office says one officer also is charged with drug distribution.the u.s. attorney, the fbi, the dea and baltimore police commissioner kevin davis plan to discuss the charges at a late-morning news conference.






new york man: 24 years for smuggling marijuana on flights


charlotte, n.c. — a new york man convicted of smuggling about 880 pounds (400 kilograms) of marijuana on commercial flights from san francisco to north carolina has been sentenced to 24 years in federal prison.the charlotte observer reports (http://bit.ly/2rbzrcq ) that 38-year-old lavon williams was sentenced monday.prosecutors say williams made at least 11 round trips between san francisco and charlotte between october 2014 and february 2015, carrying about 40 pounds (18 kilograms) of the drug aboard each flight.court records show a co-conspirator was arrested in february 2015 at charlotte douglas international airport with marijuana. and authorities say they're still seeking two others wanted in connection with the smuggling ring.






police: arrested man put down gun, bought from store


henderson, la. — louisiana authorities say a man who tried to hold a store up at gunpoint abandoned the effort, made a purchase and left — but was still arrested later.klfy-tv reports (http://bit.ly/2lzqy7j ) authorities in st. martin parish arrested the man on multiple charges, including aggravated attempted armed robbery.the abandoned robbery happened just before 8 a.m. sunday in the town of henderson. major ginny higgins of the st. martin parish sheriff's office says the man put down his gun "when the clerk did not immediately comply with his request."deputies later arrested 35-year-old homer john of breaux bridge after spotting him at a casino.other charges against john include flight from an officer, battery of a police officer and multiple drug charges.






son of mariachi star pepe aguilar arrested, charged with human smuggling


a man charged with trying to smuggle four chinese nationals stuffed into the trunk of his car from mexico into san diego two weeks ago turned out to be the son of grammy award-winning mariachi pepe aguilar.jose emiliano aguilar, 24, was arrested march 14 on suspicion of human smuggling by u.s. customs and border protection officers at san diego’s san ysidro port of entry.a criminal complaint filed by the u.s. attorney’s office in san diego said aguilar arranged to smuggle the four chinese citizens for a fee of between $3,000 and $60,000 each.aguilar, a u.s. citizen, was released on a $15,000 bond, according to court documents. a preliminary hearing on federal smuggling charges was scheduled for april 13 in the u.s. southern district court in san diego.the u.s. attorney’s office for the sou






louisiana state police: deputies accused of inmate’s battery


harrisonburg, la. (ap) — louisiana state police say two correctional officers are accused of battery on an inmate.master trooper scott moreau says in a news release that catahoula parish deputies charles ray leblanc, of sicily island, and ryan shane mayo, of jonesville, were arrested monday.both were released monday: leblanc on $20,000 bond and mayo on a bond of $6,700.moreau says both face charges of malfeasance in office. leblanc also faces charges of second-degree battery and mayo of assault and simple battery.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.it was not immediately known if either has an attorney.moreau says the sheriff’s office asked state police in december to look into battery on an inmate.he would not comment on details such as the inmate’s injuries.moreau s






texas man sentenced for smuggling circuits to china, russia


dallas (ap) — a suburban dallas man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for smuggling circuits abroad for use by space programs in china and russia.sixty-two-year-old peter zuccarelli of plano was sentenced wednesday after pleading guilty in august to charges that include conspiring to smuggle and illegally export from the u.s.prosecutors say that starting in 2015, zuccarelli used his company to place orders with u.s. suppliers for the circuits, known as radiation hardened integrated circuits. he repackaged them as “touch screen parts” and shipped them out of the u.s.the circuits have space and military applications so their export is strictly controlled by federal law.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.authorities say he created fake paperwork and made






man admits constructing drug-smuggling tunnel in calexico


a 35-year-old man pleaded guilty monday to conspiring to finance, construct and use a drug-smuggling tunnel discovered in calexico six years ago, the u.s. attorney’s office said.habib mujica, of calexico, spent nearly six years in a mexican prison for gun trafficking only to be arrested in connection with the drug-smuggling tunnel case once he was returned to the u.s. in may.the tunnel was discovered by homeland security investigations agents at a warehouse on west second street near river road in calexico in 2011.according to his plea agreement, mujica instructed another man to use drug proceeds to rent the warehouse and purchased a variety of tools and equipment — including pipes, a level tripod, a jackhammer, electric saws, a forklift, and air compressors — to build the tunnel. he used






men arrested in connection to human bone smuggling ring


eight men were arrested this week in connection to a human bone smuggling ring in the state of west bengal, india, after authorities uncovered some 365 bones in a village, cnn reported. the bones were thought to have been pulled from the bodies of deceased people found in the burdwan district’s rivers, according to the state’s…






arizona couple arrested for smuggling meth, cocaine


tucson, ariz. (ap) — a couple is facing charges after being caught at an immigration checkpoint near nogales with methamphetamine and cocaine.tucson sector border patrol agents say a 31-year-old sierra vista woman and a 32-year-old phoenix man were arrested monday night along interstate 19 for smuggling.according to law enforcement, the couple was riding in a chevy malibu that was turned over for a secondary inspection by a border patrol canine.the search led to the discovery of packages of meth under the woman’s clothing and cocaine in her purse.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.agents say the drugs amounted to 450 grams with a street value of more than $25,000.they seized the drugs and the vehicle.officials did not say where the suspects were being detained.






us drug trial delayed for haitian politician, coup leader


miami — a trial on u.s. drug trafficking charges has been delayed a month for a former haitian coup leader and recent senator-elect in that country.a miami federal judge granted the delay thursday for guy philippe, whose lawyer says she needs more time to go over prosecution evidence. the trial was reset from april 3 to may 1.philippe has pleaded not guilty to drug smuggling and money laundering conspiracy charges that carry a maximum life prison sentence.philippe led a 2004 uprising that ousted then-president jean-bertrand aristide. in november, he was elected to the haitian senate but was arrested and brought to the u.s. in january, four days before officially taking office.philippe unsuccessfully claimed his status as an elected official gave him immunity from the u.s. charges.






canada police charge woman with smuggling refugees from us


regina, saskatchewan — canadian police have charged a woman with human smuggling after intercepting nine refugee claimants crossing the border into canada from the united states.the royal canadian mounted police says a 43-year-old woman driving north into the canadian prairie province of saskatchewan was arrested after being stopped friday with nine people from west africa in her vehicle. michelle omoruyi is charged with human smuggling and conspiracy to commit human smuggling.police inspector donovan fisher said wednesday that a significant amount of cash was found in a regina, saskatchewan, home that was searched the following day.police say the u.s. border patrol has arrested several other people related to the same investigation, but no details have been released.there has been an infl






louisiana probation officers brace for even larger caseloads


baton rouge, la. (ap) — louisiana probation and parole officers frequently say they don’t do their job for the money.but veteran officers say new laws to expand probation and parole eligibility will mean thousands of additional people for them to supervise, with a minimal increase in compensation for the larger workload.the parole officers underscored their concerns during numerous appearances at the louisiana capitol this spring, an effort that didn’t get them the $10,000-a-year raises they were seeking, but did snag them a 2 percent raise.in addition, each officer will get an average one-time payment of $3,300 in january.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the laws are expected to save the state millions of dollars each year by putting thousands of more people under






man gets 24 years for smuggling over 880 pounds of marijuana on flights from san


charlotte, n.c.  — a new york man convicted of smuggling about 880 pounds (400 kilograms) of marijuana on commercial flights from san francisco to north carolina has been sentenced to 24 years in federal prison.the charlotte observer reports (http://bit.ly/2rbzrcq ) that 38-year-old lavon williams was sentenced monday.prosecutors say williams made at least 11 round trips between san francisco and charlotte between october 2014 and february 2015, carrying about 40 pounds (18 kilograms) of the drug aboard each flight.court records show a co-conspirator was arrested in february 2015 at charlotte douglas international airport with marijuana. and authorities say they’re still seeking two others wanted in connection with the smuggling ring.___information from: the charlotte observer, http://www.






iran bans travel of us wrestlers to iran


tehran, iran — iran on friday banned u.s. wrestlers from participating in the freestyle world cup competition this month in response to president donald trump's executive order forbidding visas for iranians, according to an official irna news agency report.irna quoted iran's foreign ministry spokesman bahram ghasemi as saying a special committee reviewed the case and "eventually the visit by the u.s. freestyle wrestling team was opposed."the decision marks the first action taken by iran in response to trump's executive order banning visas for seven muslim countries. earlier this week, iran said it would take retaliatory action.ghasemi said the policy of the new u.s. administration left iran no other choice but to ban the wrestlers.the competition in the western iranian city of kermanshah i