Organized crime

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo, a man throws a ball for his dog next to the border wall topped with razor wire in Tijuana, Mexico. In his demands that Congress set aside $5.7 billion for a border wall, President Donald Trump insists a physical barrier would stop heroin entering the U.S. from Mexico. But U.S. statistics, analysts and testimony at the trial of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in New York show that most hard drugs entering the U.S. from Mexico come through land ports of entry staffed by agents, not open sections of the border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
January 17, 2019 - 6:41 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — In his demands that Congress set aside $5.7 billion for a border wall, President Donald Trump has insisted that a new physical barrier would stop heroin entering the U.S. from Mexico. "Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin,...
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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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Masked police stand in an ice parlor in Duisburg, western Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 as authorities conduct coordinated raids in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands in a crackdown on the Italian mafia. (Christoph Reichwein/dpa via AP)
December 05, 2018 - 9:24 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Hundreds of police in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands arrested at least 84 suspected mobsters and seized around 2 million euros ($2.3 million) Wednesday in a series of coordinated raids targeting a powerful Italian organized crime syndicate. "Today we send...
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December 05, 2018 - 5:11 am
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on raids on the Italian mob across Europe (all times local): 12:10 p.m. Police say they have arrested about 90 suspected mafia members in a series of coordinated raids in four European countries. The arrests in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium came as part of an...
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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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Police collects evidence in a sweep against Italy's so-called "fourth Mafia" that led to the arrest of 30 suspected mobsters. Italy's national anti-Mafia prosecutor says the Foggia-based figures allegedly operated extortion rackets and used violence to control their "territory" in the southeast. (Italian Police via AP)
November 30, 2018 - 2:11 pm
ROME (AP) — Italian police have launched a sweep against Italy's so-called "fourth Mafia," arresting 30 suspected mobsters. Italy's national anti-Mafia prosecutor, Federico Cafiero de Raho, said Friday that the Foggia-based figures allegedly operated extortion rackets and used violence to control...
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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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