Smuggling

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2019, file photo, Marshall Islands' President Hilda Heine addresses a summit at the United Nations General Assembly. The president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands is applauding U.S. authorities for arresting an Arizona elected official accused of running an illegal adoption scheme involving pregnant Marshallese women. President Heine issued a statement Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, saying people like Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen have been inducing Marshallese women for too long. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
October 17, 2019 - 3:40 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands on Thursday applauded U.S. authorities for arresting an Arizona elected official accused of running an illegal adoption scheme involving pregnant Marshallese women. President Hilda Heine spoke out a week after Maricopa County...
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October 13, 2019 - 10:05 am
ROME (AP) — Humanitarian groups on Sunday said they rescued 176 migrants on two rubber boats in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya while Tunisian authorities reported blocking a smuggling boat carrying 110 migrants from setting off for Italy. Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee...
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This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Assessor's Office shows Assessor Paul Petersen. Petersen has been indicted in an adoption fraud case, accused of arranging for dozens of pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to come to the U.S. to give their children up for adoption. Utah also has charged him on multiple felony counts, including human smuggling, sale of a child and communications fraud. (Maricopa County Assessor's Office via AP)
October 09, 2019 - 4:59 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona elected official has been charged with human smuggling in an adoption fraud scheme that brought dozens of pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to the U.S. to give up their children for adoption, court records show. Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen was charged in...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2017 file photo, Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernandez, brother of Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez, arrives for a press conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Jury selection in the drug trafficking trial of Tony Hernandez began Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in U.S. federal court in Manhattan. U.S. prosecutors allege the 41-year-old used his government connections to smuggle U.S.-bound cocaine through Honduras. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio, File)
October 04, 2019 - 7:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A Honduran drug trafficker gave more details Friday about campaign contributions he says he gave to the current and former presidents of the Central American nation — money he says was channeled through the brother of now-President Juan Orlando Hernández. Víctor Hugo Díaz Morales...
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Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez Alvarado addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
September 25, 2019 - 7:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration signed a deal Wednesday with a third Central American country that would effectively seal off the region, preventing asylum-seekers traveling through from entering the United States. The latest agreement, signed on the sidelines of the U.N. General...
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September 24, 2019 - 4:08 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — In a story Sept. 22 about former New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown, The Associated Press reported erroneously that team owner Robert Kraft was arrested in connection with a prostitution and sex trafficking sting in a Florida massage parlor. Kraft was charged with...
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FILE - In this March 6, 2019 file photo, attorney Alan Dershowitz speaks during a news interview outside of Manhattan Federal Court in New York. Dershowitz asked a federal judge Tuesday, Sept. 24, to throw out a lawsuit that accuses him of lying about his sexual history with a woman who claims she was a teenage victim of a Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking ring. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
September 24, 2019 - 2:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz asked a federal judge Tuesday to throw out a lawsuit that accuses him of lying about his sexual history with a woman who claims she was a teenage victim of a Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking ring. Dershowitz previously said he welcomed the suit...
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September 20, 2019 - 5:03 am
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese government spokesman says a detained FedEx pilot is under investigation on suspicion of smuggling weapons and ammunition. The foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said Friday the pilot was detained Sept. 12 in the southern city of Guangzhou after customs inspectors...
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FILE - In this July 15, 2019, file photo, Naason Joaquin Garcia, the leader of a Mexico-based evangelical church with a worldwide membership, attends a bail review hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles. Garcia, who is considered the church’s apostle, and two co-defendants were arrested in June on suspicion of sexually abusing three girls and a woman in Los Angeles County. All three have pleaded not guilty and a fourth defendant remains at large. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)
September 19, 2019 - 6:36 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge sanctioned two prosecutors Thursday for failing to turn over evidence in the case of a Mexican megachurch leader charged with child rape and human trafficking. Superior Court Judge Teresa Sullivan fined deputy attorneys general Amanda Plisner and Diana...
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September 17, 2019 - 12:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal narcotics agent scheduled to stand trial this month has pleaded guilty to participating in a decadelong drug conspiracy that involved the smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York. Prosecutors said Fernando Gomez, a former U.S. Marine,...
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