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A 30-year-old California woman was sentenced to 16.5 years in prison Monday for running drop houses in Phoenix where smuggled illegal immigrants were held hostage at gunpoint. Read more»

A Mexican man was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in federal prison Wednesday for holding an illegal immigrant hostage and demanding money from his family for his release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. Read more»

Authorities broke up what they say is an interstate marijuana-trafficking organization by arresting eight people last week, following a two-year investigation. The group had a connection to a Bloods gang in Nebraska, said a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office. Read more»

A federally licensed firearms dealer was indicted Wednesday on nine counts relating to making fully automatic weapons and straw purchases, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Read more» 1