By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) 07/26 — On the surface, it seemed like a simple task: Drive to a spot a few miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border,
By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) 07/17 — The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced Wednesday to life behind bars in a U.S.
By THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) 07/10 — Police and customs officials have carried out the most widespread anti-wildlife-trafficking operation ever in a joint global operation that’s led to the seizure of tens of thousands of endangered animals and the arrest of nearly 600 suspects.
By ANNABELLE LIANG, Associated Press SINGAPORE (AP) 04/10 — Singapore has seized more than 28 tons of pangolin scales belonging to around 38,000 of the endangered mammals over the past week,
DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) 03/24 — Indonesian authorities have arrested a Russian tourist who was attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of the resort island of Bali,Read more »
By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) 02/14 — Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever.
By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) 02/12 — Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings,
By VIOLET LAW, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) 02/01 — Hong Kong customs officers have intercepted a record 8.3 tons of pangolin scales and hundreds of elephant tusks worth more than $8 million combined,
By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) 01/31 — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds of the synthetic drug that is fueling a national epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses from a secret compartment inside a load of Mexican produce heading into Arizona.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) 02/01 — Officials say a staggeringly large bust of smuggled ivory and pangolin scales in Uganda is worth $3.5 million.
Uganda Revenue Authority spokesman Vincent Seruma told reporters on Friday that the intercepted shipment contained more than three tons of elephant tusks and nearly a half-ton of pangolin scales.
PHOENIX (AP) 01/31 — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Arizona say they’ve made their biggest fentanyl bust ever.
The agency says it will provide details Thursday during a late morning news conference at the Mariposa border crossing in Nogales,
LAURINBURG, N.C. (AP) 01/03 — Authorities say a man posing as a pastor tried to smuggle drugs into a North Carolina jail by hiding them in a Bible.Read more »
By WILSON RING, Associated Press DERBY LINE, Vt. (AP) 07/24 — While the Trump administration fortifies the southern border, there’s growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the porous northern border with Canada.
By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) 06/21 — Thousands of live animals along with tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber were seized in a monthlong global crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade that Interpol said exposed the international reach of traffickers.
BIG WELLS, Texas (AP) 06/18 — At least five people were killed and several others hurt Sunday as an SUV carrying more than a dozen people during a suspected “smuggling event”Read more »
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) 04/23 — State wildlife officials say they have uncovered an international scheme in which thieves from Korea and China slip into wild landscapes in Northern California to pluck succulents to sell on the thriving black market in Asia.Read more »
By KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) 04/24 — A report by a British-based conservation group says rising Chinese demand for products made from elephant skin is driving poaching and posing an even greater threat to Asia’s wild herds than the ivory trade.
By MICHAEL CASEY, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) 04/12 — An international crackdown on illegal logging in tropical forests has ensnared the makers of some guitars and other musical instruments,
By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) 04/05 — Asserting the situation had reached “a point of crisis,” President Donald Trump signed a proclamation directing the deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration and drug smuggling.
BANGKOK (AP) 04/03 — Police in Thailand announced Tuesday that they confiscated an estimated $54 million worth of methamphetamine in one of their biggest-ever drug seizures and arrested 11 people in recent days as illegal drug cases surge in the country.Read more »