Organized crime - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Organized crime Rash of media murders highlights deadly threats in Mexico MEXICO CITY (AP) — A journalist is shot dead as she pulls out of her garage in the morning with her young son. Gunmen ambush another journalist while he lazes in a car wash hammock. An award-winning reporter is hauled out of his vehicle and gunned down a block from his office. On Monday, Javier Valdez became the sixth journalist slain in Mexico since earl... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:07:00 GMT 2017-05-16T23:07:00Z Mexico captures Sinaloa cartel leader Damaso Lopez MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of the Sinaloa cartel leaders who launched a struggle for control of the gang following the re-arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was captured Tuesday, Mexican prosecutors said. The attorney general's office said that soldiers and prosecution agents carried out a morning raid to capture a drug gang leader it called "Damaso N." A fe... Tue, 02 May 2017 20:01:00 GMT 2017-05-02T20:01:00Z Fugitive Mexican ex-governor moved to Guatemalan prison GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A former governor who had become a symbol of government corruption in Mexico was transferred to a Guatemalan military prison on Sunday hours after being captured in a hotel following six months on the lam. Ex-Veracruz state Gov. Javier Duarte looked pale and visibly tired as he was brought to the military base in Guatemala's capital ... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 01:56:00 GMT 2017-04-17T01:56:00Z Fugitive Mexican ex-Gov. Javier Duarte detained in Guatemala GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The former governor of Mexico's Veracruz state who is accused of running a corruption ring that allegedly pilfered millions of dollars from state coffers was detained in Guatemala after six months as a fugitive and high-profile symbol of government graft in his country. Javier Duarte, pale and visibly tired, was brought Sunday to a p... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 18:00:00 GMT 2017-04-16T18:00:00Z During border visit, Sessions outlines immigration plan NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions toured the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday and unveiled what he described as a new get-tough approach to immigration prosecutions under President Donald Trump. The nation's top law enforcement official outlined a series of changes that he said mark the start of a new push to rid American cities and the borde... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 03:46:00 GMT 2017-04-12T03:46:00Z Ex-Mexican governor's long flight from justice ends MEXICO CITY (AP) — The arrest of an ex-governor of the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas caps a five-year, seemingly desultory search for the ruling-party politician accused of organized crime and money laundering. It may have been one of the least serious searches in history. Analysts say the government was loath to arrest one of its own, a man who both... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 01:24:00 GMT 2017-04-11T01:24:00Z Former Mexican cartel head gets life for drug smuggling WASHINGTON (AP) — A once-powerful Mexican drug cartel leader and associate of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been sentenced to life in a U.S. prison. Alfredo Beltran Leyva, 46, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in February to charges his multibillion-dollar operation smuggled tons of cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States. Beltran Leyva led the organiz... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:08:00 GMT 2017-04-05T23:08:00Z Man known as Godfather of Grass back in US; pot charges loom BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A legendary outlaw known as the Godfather of Grass who disappeared almost a decade ago while federal agents were closing in on him was deported from Canada on Wednesday and was being held in a Vermont prison pending his return to Kentucky to face marijuana charges. John Robert "Johnny" Boone was turned over to U.S. authorities by Ca... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 21:54:00 GMT 2017-04-05T21:54:00Z Greek debt activist, follower of ancient gods, faces arrest ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A firebrand Greek debt activist whose followers take an oath of allegiance to the ancient gods has been charged with fraud and running a criminal organization. A senior state prosecutor filed the charges Tuesday against Artemis Sorras, head of the Convention of Greeks, which urges taxpayers not to settle debts with the government. Seven of his alleged a... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:30:00 GMT 2017-03-28T18:30:00Z Mexican official: 250 skulls found in clandestine graves MEXICO CITY (AP) — More than 250 skulls have been found over the last several months in what appears to be a drug cartel mass burial ground on the outskirts of the city of Veracruz, prosecutors said Tuesday. Veracruz state's top prosecutor, Jorge Winckler, said the clandestine pits appeared to contain remains of cartel victims killed years ago. The news c... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:48:00 GMT 2017-03-14T23:48:00Z Mafia appetite in Italy soars for farm, food businesses ROME (AP) — Organized crime has a seemingly insatiable appetite for farm and food businesses, one of the few economic sectors experiencing growth during Italy's protracted economic crisis. Anti-mafia prosecutors and Italy's farm lobby Coldiretti on Tuesday expressed concern that the country's crime syndicates have increased their infiltration or control of agriculture and fo... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:56:00 GMT 2017-03-14T15:56:00Z White House expects Justice crackdown on legalized marijuana WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday, offering the Trump administration's strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug, even as a solid majority of Americans believe it should be legal. "I do believe you'll see gre... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:53:00 GMT 2017-02-24T01:53:00Z El Chapo's new home: a jail that held mobsters, terrorists NEW YORK (AP) — In the heart of bustling lower Manhattan sits one of the country's most secure federal lockups — and the new home of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Guzman, who pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges he ran one of the world's biggest drug-trafficking operations, can expect to be kept in a special unit inside the drab 12-story Metropolitan Correc... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:16:00 GMT 2017-01-21T05:16:00Z El Chapo is hauled off to US jail that has held terrorists NEW YORK (AP) — In a scene U.S. authorities had dreamed of for decades, Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was hauled into an American courtroom Friday and then taken away to an ultra-secure jail that has held some of the world's most dangerous terrorists and mobsters. Holding his unshackled hands behind his back, a dazed-lookin... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:05:00 GMT 2017-01-21T00:05:00Z The Latest: Lawyer for El Chapo: No evidence of wrongdoing NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman facing drug trafficking and other charges in the United States (all times local): 3:40 p.m. A U.S. lawyer for Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman says he hasn't seen any evidence that indicates Guzman has "done anything wrong." Attorn... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:41:00 GMT 2017-01-20T20:41:00Z Timing of Mexico drug lord's extradition seen as political MEXICO CITY (AP) — Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's abrupt exit to face charges in the U.S. marks the probable end of the career of Mexico's most notorious drug cartel boss, and a delicately timed gesture by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who faces a new and hostile U.S. administration. Observers differed on whether Guzman's extradition was a final-hour... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:06:00 GMT 2017-01-20T17:06:00Z Mexican drug lord El Chapo lands in New York to face charges NEW YORK (AP) — Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who twice escaped from maximum-security prisons in his country, was extradited at the request of the United States to face drug trafficking and other charges and arrived in New York late Thursday. A plane carrying Guzman landed at a suburban airport, where a caravan of SUVs waited to... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:53:00 GMT 2017-01-20T04:53:00Z Captures, extraditions of Mexico drug chiefs in recent years MEXICO CITY (AP) — Top Mexican drug cartel bosses captured, killed or extradited in recent years: Jan. 19, 2017: World's most powerful drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is extradited to the United States. Jan. 8, 2016: Mexican marines capture "El Chapo" Guzman for a third time in Los Mochis, Sin... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:00:00 GMT 2017-01-20T01:00:00Z A look at notable dates in Mexico's decade-old drug war MEXICO CITY (AP) — A look at key events in Mexico's war on drugs following the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. — Dec. 11, 2006: Then-President Felipe Calderon orders almost 7,000 soldiers to his home state of Michoacan to fight drug cartels. — June 30, 2008: U.S. announces $1.6 billion in anti-drug aid for Mexico un... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:27:00 GMT 2017-01-19T23:27:00Z Nicodemo Scarfo, ex-Philadelphia mob boss, dies in prison PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, whose reign over the Philadelphia Mafia in the 1980s was one of the bloodiest in its history, has died at a federal medical center in North Carolina, a prison spokeswoman said Tuesday. He was 87. Scarfo died Saturday while in custody at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, said Nancy Aye... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:27:00 GMT 2017-01-17T19:27:00Z California hires ex-Attorney General Holder to fight Trump SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic leaders in the California Legislature said Wednesday they have hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to advise them on a legal strategy as they gird for a fight against President-elect Donald Trump. The precise role of the high-profile lawyer remained unclear, but his politically connected firm will be paid $2... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 23:17:00 GMT 2017-01-04T23:17:00Z Flight worker who fled checkpoint guilty of drug smuggling LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former JetBlue flight attendant pleaded guilty Monday to taking part in a cross-country drug smuggling operation that was discovered when she bolted from a screening checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport and abandoned a suitcase loaded with 60 pounds of cocaine. Marsha Gay Reynolds, a former Jamaican beauty queen and New Yor... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 01:57:00 GMT 2016-12-13T01:57:00Z Mexican drug cartel leader's son arrested in western state MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police arrested the son of a drug cartel leader who was extradited to the United States, authorities said Saturday. Federal security forces said in a statement that the man was arrested Friday in the western state of Jalisco along with four others on suspicion of drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder. His fu... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 01:14:00 GMT 2016-12-11T01:14:00Z Reputed mobster pleads guilty in plot to kill crime rival NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Nevada man who authorities say is a member of the New Jersey crime family believed to be the model for HBO's "The Sopranos" has admitted plotting the death of an organized crime rival. Federal prosecutors say Charles Stango pleaded guilty Wednesday in Newark court to using a telephone to plan the murder. He faces up to 10 years in pr... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:53:00 GMT 2016-12-07T18:53:00Z