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Fugitive 'Cocaine King' Finally Messes Up After 23 Years

He now faces 30-year sentence in Italy

(Newser) - A fugitive Italian crime boss is in custody after 23 years on the run following what seems to have been a major slip-up: Authorities in Uruguay say 50-year-old Rocco Morabito, once known as the "cocaine king of Milan," was found after he used his real name to enroll... More »

Canadian Bike Cops Nab One of America's Most Wanted

Katay-Khaophone Sychanta may face extradition to US

(Newser) - Montreal police have just earned a heap of respect for bicycle cops everywhere. Two cycling police officers were patrolling a Montreal bike path last Wednesday when they spotted two men they suspected of having drugs, police say. The suspects took off running and the officers pursued, one eventually jumping off... More »

Border Agents Watch as Drone Flies 13 Pounds of Meth Into US

Agents recovered the drone and drugs and arrested a 25-year-old man

(Newser) - Looks like automation is impacting everyone's livelihoods, even drug smugglers. The Los Angeles Times reports Border Patrol agents arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of importing a controlled substance Aug. 8 in California after watching a drone carrying 13 pounds of meth fly over the border fence from Mexico.... More »

'Cocaine Cowboy' Arrested After 26 Years on the Lam

Gustavo Falcon disappeared before being indicted for drug smuggling

(Newser) - The "last of the Cocaine Cowboys"—on the lam for almost exactly 26 years—was finally arrested Wednesday while on a 40-mile bike ride with his wife, the Miami Herald reports. During South Florida's "Miami Vice era," Gustavo Falcon allegedly helped his brother, kingpin Augusto... More »

Cops: Trio Brought $23M in Cocaine on Cruise

3 Canadians could face life in prison

(Newser) - Australia has made one of its largest drug busts ever … on a cruise ship. With help from Canadian and US authorities, police searched the Sea Princess after it docked in Sydney on Sunday and uncovered 210 pounds of cocaine, worth about $23 million, in two cabins, reports La Presse... More »

Border Patrol Finds 2 Kids, $460K in Cocaine in Woman's Car

Some women smugglers apparently bring children along to make themselves 'inconspicuous'

(Newser) - On Monday morning, a Border Patrol agent pulled over a Honda Accord cruising north on Interstate 5 in San Clemente, Calif., and the agent's drug dog started giving the sign there was possibly something illicit inside the vehicle, the Los Angeles Times reports. Surprise No. 1 when agents searched... More »

Cops: Women Hid $3M of Heroin, Opium in Tea Leaves

They were arrested at O'Hare International Airport

(Newser) - Three women were allegedly found with more than $3 million worth of drugs hidden in bags of tea leaves Tuesday afternoon at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, the Chicago Sun Times reports. Authorities say nearly 70 pounds of opium and heroin were divided up into 470 tiny packets in... More »

Fresh Scars Give Away Airport Drug Smuggler

Woman had $220K worth of cocaine in breast implants: cops

(Newser) - Customs officials report an unusual arrest out of Germany: A 24-year-old Colombian woman was caught carrying $220,000 in drugs in her breast implants at Frankfurt Airport, reports Reuters . Authorities say the woman seemed to be in pain, and they found fresh operation scars below her breasts. They sent her... More »

Drug Smuggler Accidentally Asks Cop for Help

That's some seriously bad luck

(Newser) - Mounting bad luck doomed a would-be meth smuggler in Texas last year, the Houston Chronicle reports. Nineteen-year-old Houston resident Jose Trevino, who was sentenced to more than six years in prison yesterday, was desperate in August 2014. He had no job, no money, and a pregnant girlfriend when he decided... More »

Saudi Prince Arrested at Airport With 2 Tons of Drugs

Authorities allegedly found amphetamines on his private plane

(Newser) - A Saudi prince was arrested in Beirut Monday after Lebanese security forces at Rafik Hariri International Airport allegedly found an incredible two tons of drugs on his private plane. Abd al-Muhsen bin Walid bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud was about to fly back to Saudi Arabia at the time, RT.... More »

Coast Guard Seizes 8 Tons of Cocaine, Loses 2 of Them

Small submarine busted at sea; it sank while being towed to shore

(Newser) - A Coast Guard ship seized a semi-submersible vessel carrying 16,000 pounds of cocaine worth more than $180 million last month in what the Coast Guard is calling the largest drug bust of its kind. Even if they did lose two tons of the drug on the way home. The... More »

Car Crash Solves 40-Year-Old Mystery 10K Miles Away

Raymond Grady Stansel Jr. disappeared in 1974 right before drug-smuggling trial

(Newser) - When an elderly man in north Queensland, Australia, died in a car crash in May, the local paper ran a story that described an "outpouring of grief" in the town where he ran his crocodile-cruise company for almost 30 years. But as the Tampa Bay Times details in a... More »

Cops: Woman Smuggled Cocaine in Breast Implants

She is arrested at airport in Colombia

(Newser) - She might have gotten away with it if she weren't acting so nervous. Airport authorities in Colombia detained a suspicious-acting woman for questioning and soon learned that she was trying to smuggle liquid cocaine in her breast implants, reports Reuters . The 22-year-old confessed when an X-ray revealed recent surgery.... More »

Drone Overloaded With Meth Crashes Near Border

It comes down in parking lot in Tijuana

(Newser) - Somebody in Mexico who failed to read the instructions is out more than 6 pounds of meth and a $1,400 drone, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune . Police say the battery-operated drone carrying 3 kilos of the drug crashed in a Tijuana parking lot Tuesday night, about a mile from... More »

Alleged Meth Smuggler Chooses Wrong Parking Lot

Sylvia Mashiah busted with 27 pounds of meth after parking in federal 'search' lot

(Newser) - You just had one job, suspected drug smuggler: to get across the US-Mexico border with 27 pounds of meth. And technically, Sylvia Mashiah allegedly did that—until she screwed it all up, according to Customs and Border Protection agents. The 33-year-old California woman allegedly drove up to the Otay Mesa... More »

Guy Busted With DARE Lion Stuffed With Pot, LSD, Coke

Lions and drugs and more drugs, oh my!

(Newser) - The DARE lion "Darin" is in some trouble. To be more exact, the upstate New York man who cops charged with stuffing him full of pot, cocaine, and LSD is in some trouble. Police say Gregory Bolognese, 22, was caught Monday at a Greyhound bus station in Plattsburgh with... More »

Cops: Man, 85, Tried to Sneak Pot to Jailed Grandson

Grandpa faces 7 years in prison himself

(Newser) - You've got your high-tech methods of smuggling drugs into prison: via drones . You've got your imaginative methods: via a tossed football . And now you've allegedly got this: via grandpa. Police in Ohio arrested an 85-year-old man and charged him with trying to smuggle pot into the Warren... More »

'Drug Mule' Found With 14-Inch Incision

Guatemalan was cut open to retrieve drugs, reports suggest

(Newser) - Massachusetts police have made an arrest in the case of an alleged drug mule whose body was reportedly cut open to retrieve smuggled drugs, WCVB reports. Eight days ago, residents of Duxbury, Mass., found a box giving off a strong smell—and inside discovered a man whose torso had been... More »

Coke Dealer Who Inspired Blow Out of Jail

George Jung 'back in the saddle again'

(Newser) - The cocaine-smuggling kingpin played by Johnny Depp in Blow is out of prison after nearly 20 years. Massachusetts-born George Jung, who helped the Medellin cartel import as much as 85% of the cocaine available in the US in the late '70s, on Monday left a minimum-security prison in New... More »

Suspect's Giveaway: He Was 'Walking Awkwardly'

Police say they found heroin in man's underwear at JFK Airport

(Newser) - Pro tip: If you're going to smuggle heroin in your underwear, try to walk like a normal person while doing so. Bernard Charles apparently couldn't manage that, so when Customs and Border Protection officers spotted him "walking awkwardly" at New York's JFK Airport on April 1,... More »

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