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As overdose deaths rise, Colorado plans addiction-prevention efforts

With the opioid epidemic reaching unprecedented national levels and more heroin flowing into Southwest Colorado, additional addiction-prevention work is set to start this fall. In October, 12...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Questions about lawyers’ fees put El Chapo defense in limbo

NEW YORK – Private lawyers seeking to represent Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in his U.S. drug-trafficking case failed to get assurances Monday that they’ll get paid, leaving the Mexican drug lord’s...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Attorney general announces indictment of largest marijuana drug ring in state history

DENVER – State Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced indictments and the take-down of an illegal marijuana grow operation that generated millions of dollars by sending thousands of pounds of...

DATE: June 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Suspected drug kingpin fails to show up for jury trial

An Arizona man suspected of importing and distributing large quantities of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine in La Plata County was a no-show this week at his scheduled jury trial. District Court...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rural Colorado hard hit by opioid addiction crisis

Securely swaddled in white blankets, one-day-old Aubrianna snoozed against her mother’s chest. Maria Sandoval, 24, spoke softly as she described her tumultuous history with opioid addiction. If...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado surgery tech gets 6.5 years for stealing drug

DENVER – A surgery technician who pleaded guilty to taking fentanyl intended for patients at a suburban Denver was sentenced Monday to more than six years in prison. The theft of the powerful...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

In D.C., looking to the dead to help the living

WASHINGTON – Behind a picture window, the nude body of a middle-aged man lay face up on a stainless steel table. Medical experts suspected he died of heart failure, or an allergic reaction, but...

DATE: July 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Montezuma County sheriff: Legal pot attractive to drug traffickers

Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin says an increase in drug trafficking in the area is a result of Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana. “Colorado has become a source state for...

DATE: May 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Overdose deaths break record in southern Colorado

DENVER (AP) – Drug overdose deaths are reaching record levels in a surprising corner of Colorado: the windswept southern counties where ranchers graze cattle and farmers raise corn. In eight...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Three arrested in Durango during drug ring investigation

A nine-month investigation resulted in three arrests and the seizure of about $1.3 million in methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine in La Plata County. The Southwest Drug Task Force announced the...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sean Penn: Nothing to hide over drug lord interview

MEXICO CITY – Actor Sean Penn said he has “nothin’ to hide,” after images published Monday indicated he was under surveillance when he met with the Mexican actress who led him to Joaquin “El Chapo”...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Mexico: Sean Penn interview helped locate drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

MEXICO CITY – Mexican officials say Sean Penn’s contacts with drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman helped them track the fugitive down – even if he slipped away from an initial raid on the hideout...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World