Drug cartels

January 15, 2019 - 4:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A Colombian drug trafficker testified that Mexican cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman boasted about paying a $100 million bribe to the former president of Mexico. Alex Cifuentes spoke about the alleged bribe to President Enrique Pena Nieto during his testimony Tuesday in Guzman...
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December 21, 2018 - 4:42 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a St. Louis man accused of killing nine people since 2008 during his involvement in a drug trafficking ring. Anthony Jordan pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday. Prosecutors...
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FILE - In this Nov. 2016 file photo, the American Flag flies outside the Justice Department in Washington. The Russian father and son were in a Hungarian jail, charged after an elaborate plot to ship weapons to Mexican drug cartels and cocaine to the U.S. They found a lawyer in New York, anticipating an inevitable extradition and trial. But then the case took an unexpected turn. Instead of being extradited to the U.S., Vladimir Lyubishin senior and junior were sent back to Russia, where, the State Department says, it’s not clear if they will face trial. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
December 06, 2018 - 11:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russian father and son were in a Hungarian jail, charged in an elaborate plot to ship weapons to Mexican drug cartels and cocaine to the U.S. They found an American lawyer anticipating an inevitable extradition and trial in New York. But then the case took an unexpected turn...
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This combination of undated photos provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York shows former Colombian drug lord Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia. The latest star witness for the government in the trial against accused drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been more notable for his appearance than his testimony. Ramirez Abadia told the jury that he had at least three surgeries to change his appearance. The photo at left shows Ramirez Abadia prior to his surgeries and the photo at right is post-surgery. (U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York via AP)
December 04, 2018 - 7:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A key government witness at the U.S. trial of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman spelled out the bloodshed and other cold realities of international drug-trafficking Tuesday without expressing regret or making excuses. Former Colombian kingpin Juan Carlos Ramirez...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017, file photo, provided by U.S. law enforcement, authorities escort Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, from a plane to a waiting caravan of SUVs at Long Island MacArthur Airport, in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. On Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, a government witness testifying at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" claims his cartel paid massive bribes to a top law enforcement official. (U.S. Law Enforcement via AP, File)
December 02, 2018 - 2:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has offered a screenplay-worthy picture of the lawlessness and excesses during his rise to power as Mexico's most infamous drug lord. Since the trial got underway on Nov. 13, witnesses have described how Guzman used tunnels dug under the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017, file photo, provided by U.S. law enforcement, authorities escort Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, from a plane to a waiting caravan of SUVs at Long Island MacArthur Airport, in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. On Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, a government witness testifying at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" claims his cartel paid massive bribes to a top law enforcement official. (U.S. Law Enforcement via AP, File)
November 28, 2018 - 4:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — If Miguel Angel Martinez had any doubt there was a bounty on his head from the Sinaloa cartel when he was thrown in a Mexican jail in the late 1990s, the taunting by his fellow inmates would have erased it. "They started yelling at me, asking me what my shoe size was," Martinez said...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017, file photo, provided by U.S. law enforcement, authorities escort Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, from a plane to a waiting caravan of SUVs at Long Island MacArthur Airport, in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. On Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, a government witness testifying at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" claims his cartel paid massive bribes to a top law enforcement official. (U.S. Law Enforcement via AP, File)
November 26, 2018 - 9:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Back when business was starting to boom, notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman took delight in seeing massive cocaine shipments arriving by air from Colombia, occasions he code-named "parties" that made him so rich he could pay multimillion-dollar bribes to a...
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In this 2008 photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, Jesus Zambada is shown. Once a top lieutenant in drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's cartel, Zambada is now a cooperating witness describing the Sinolao cartel's history of greed, cunning and violence as it built a cocaine-smuggling empire that made billions of dollars by flooding the market in large U.S. cities. (U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York via AP)
November 20, 2018 - 2:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A government witness at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo says his cartel bribed the country's former top security chief and another person who once worked under the current president-elect. Former cartel member Jesus Zambada testified Tuesday that in the mid...
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CORRECTS LAST OF ATTORNEY TO BALAREZO FROM BALAZERO - During his opening statement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Feels, left, gestures to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, second from right, sitting next to his attorney Eduardo Balarezo, at Brooklyn Federal Court, as Guzman's high-security trial got underway in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. The infamous Mexican drug lord has been held in solitary confinement since his extradition to the United States early last year. Guzman pleaded not guilty to charges that he amassed a multi-billion-dollar fortune smuggling tons of cocaine and other drugs in a vast supply chain that reached New York, New Jersey, Texas and elsewhere north of the border. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
November 15, 2018 - 6:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — When the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was Mexico's most-wanted fugitive in 2001 following a prison breakout, he was startled to see a police motorcycle pull in front of a car carrying him as it reached the outskirts of Mexico City. A loyal drug cartel lieutenant...
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In this courtroom sketch Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, sits next to his defense attorney Eduardo Balazero, left, for opening statements as Guzman's high-security trial gets underway in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. Guzman pleaded not guilty to charges that he amassed a multi-billion-dollar fortune smuggling tons of cocaine and other drugs in a vast supply chain that reached New York, New Jersey, Texas and elsewhere north of the border. The infamous Mexican drug lord has been held in solitary confinement since his extradition to the United States early last year. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
November 14, 2018 - 5:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An admitted former Mexican cartel member first met the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman when he helped him evade a manhunt, he said in court testimony Wednesday. Taking the witness stand for the government at Guzman's U.S. trial, Jesus Zambada identified Guzman in the...
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