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Police: Mafia ripped off EU for millions in farm aid

Jan. 15, 2020 1:59 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Crime clans of the Sicilian Mafia working in cahoots with public officials defrauded the European Union of more than 10 million euros ($11 million) in agricultural aid, Italian authorities said Wednesday. Officers from Italy's paramilitary Carabinieri and financial police fanned out across...

Julian Le Baron arrives where one of the cars belonging to the extended LeBaron family was ambushed by gunmen last year near Bavispe, Sonora state, Mexico, Sunday Jan. 12, 2020. Lopez Obrador said Sunday there is an agreement to establish a monument will be put up to memorialize nine U.S.-Mexican dual citizens ambushed and slain last year by drug gang assassins along a remote road near New Mexico. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)

Monument to honor US-Mexican dual citizens slain in Mexico

Jan. 12, 2020 8:01 PM EST

LA MORA, Mexico (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Sunday that a monument will be put up to memorialize nine U.S.-Mexican dual citizens ambushed and slain last year by suspected drug gang assassins along a remote road in the northern border region near New Mexico. In remarks to...

Mexican writer and activist Javier Sicilia, left, Julian, center, and Adrian LeBaron, who lost relatives and friends in a Nov. 4, 2019 ambush in northern Mexico, pose for photos during a press conference in Mexico City, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Sicilia and other activists are calling to march against violence on Jan. 23, from Cuernavaca, Morelos state, to the National Palace in the Mexico’s capital. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Family: 2 suspects in Mexico border killings arrested in US

Jan. 9, 2020 11:01 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Relatives of nine U.S. dual-national women and children killed in northern Mexico in November said Thursday U.S. authorities told them they have two suspects under detention in the United States. Bryan LeBaron said American officials told the family that two suspects had been detained in...

FILE- In this Oct. 8, 2010 file photo, Mexico's Secretary of Public Safety Genaro Garcia Luna attends a press conference on the sidelines of an American Police Community (Ameripol) meeting in Mexico City. Garcia Luna, 51, who left the security post nearly a decade ago, was charged in federal court in New York with three counts of trafficking cocaine and one count of making false statements on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico former top cop in NY plea talks over drug bribe case

Jan. 7, 2020 9:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mexican former top security official Genaro García Luna is in talks on a possible plea agreement with federal prosecutors in New York, where he is charged with accepting millions in drug-money bribes from the notorious Sinaloa cartel of convicted kingpin Joaquín “El...

Adrian LeBaron, who lost relatives and friends in a Nov. 4, 2019 ambush in northern Mexico, talks with reporters after meeting with authorities at the office of the Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime Investigation in Mexico City, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Prosecutors said Tuesday more than 40 suspects have  been identified in connection with the slaughter of the nine U.S. dual-national women and children. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico: 40 suspects identified in killing of 9 Americans

Jan. 7, 2020 6:10 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — More than 40 suspects have now been identified in connection with the Nov. 4 slaughter of nine U.S. dual-national women and children in northern Mexico, prosecutors said Tuesday. Federal prosecutors met with members of the extended LeBaron family who have lived in northern Mexico for...

A view of the University Hospital in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, Mexico, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, where the survivors of an attack on a family in a car with Oklahoma license plates are being treated. Mexican authorities continued searching Monday for the gunmen responsible for an attack on a sparsely traveled stretch of highway near the Texas border that left a 13-year-old U.S. citizen dead and four relatives wounded. (AP Photo/Antonio Escobar)

US family attacked on notorious stretch of Mexican highway

Jan. 6, 2020 9:52 PM EST

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities continued searching Monday for the gunmen responsible for an attack on a sparsely traveled stretch of highway near the Texas border that left a 13-year-old U.S. boy dead and four relatives wounded. On Saturday night, a family traveling in two vehicles was...

In this courtroom sketch, defense attorney Cesar de Castro, left, Mexico's former top security official Genaro Garcia Luna, center, and a court interpreter, appear for an arraignment hearing in Brooklyn federal court Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in New York. Garcia Luna pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted a fortune in drug-money bribes from kingpin Joaquin

Former Mexico security chief pleads not guilty in U.S. case

Jan. 3, 2020 6:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mexico's former top security official pleaded not guilty on Friday on charges he accepted a fortune in drug-money bribes from kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's notorious Sinaloa cartel to let it operate with impunity. Genaro Garcia Luna, 51, was indicted in New York on three counts of...

Member of drug ring gets nearly 6 years in prison

Jan. 3, 2020 3:02 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man was sentenced Friday to nearly six years in prison for his role in a drug trafficking ring that distributed heroin and cocaine in the southeastern parts of the state. Royshawn Allgood, 30, of New London, was also sentenced in federal court in Hartford to five years...

Man sentenced to life plus 15 years in 2008 cartel killing

Jan. 3, 2020 2:17 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man extradited to the United States from Mexico in 2015 to stand trial in a 2008 killing for a drug cartel was sentenced Friday to life plus 15 years in prison. A state District Court judge in Albuquerque sentenced Jaime Veleta for his October convictions for first-degree murder,...

A man holds a sign the reads in Spanish

Mexico says a total of 7 detained in killing of 9 Americans

Dec. 31, 2019 6:09 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Mexico said a total of seven suspects have now been detained in connection with the Nov. 4 slaughter of nine U.S. dual-national women and children. Federal prosecutors said three men were arrested in recent days and charged with organized crime for drug offenses, though...