California inmates are dying of drug overdoses at nearly triple the national rate and it’s unclear if the tough steps state officials took to stop illicit drugs from getting into prisons are having any effect.
Drug smuggling is up at many California county jails and one reason, sheriffs officials say, is that some parolees are getting arrested just so they can try to sneak narcotics behind bars..
Authorities in coastal Georgia say an Atlanta man accused of smuggling about 45 pounds of marijuana from the Bay Area has been arrested.
Authorities recovered 80 pounds of marijuana Monday from a smuggler’s boat driven from Mexico that capsized off a beach in Santa Cruz County with most of its drug cache missing, a sheriff’s deputy said.
A musician who admitted smuggling marijuana inside drums on a flight from San Francisco to Honolulu was sentenced Tuesday to three months in federal detention and three months of home confinement.
Three Los Angeles men and one man from Arizona were arrested on Saturday for allegedly smuggling ashore 1,200 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $2.1 million street value, on the northern Santa Cruz coast, authorities said.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon was in the San Francisco Bay area where he spoke at a San Jose job training center about immigration issues and other topics.
A 46-year-old Napa County man has been convicted of cocaine distribution as part of a smuggling operation that prosecutors say ran large amounts of the drug through Oakland International Airport.