Latest Drug cartels News

11 killed in shooting attacks on 2 bars in Mexico

May. 24, 2022 10:26 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Eleven people, eight of them women, were killed in simultaneous shooting attacks on two bars in north-central Mexico, authorities said Tuesday. Handwritten signs left at the scenes of the killings suggested the attacks were part of a rivalry between two drug...

Firefighters demoted for drug use after death investigation

May. 17, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — One New Britain fire official has been fired and seven other firefighters have been disciplined following an investigation into drug use at firehouses around the Connecticut city, the mayor said. The investigation began after the apparent drug-related...

Man convicted of killing grandmother in Fond du Lac County

May. 17, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A man who blamed his grandmother's slaying on the “cartel” has been found guilty of killing her in Fond du Lac County. Thirty-three-year-old Gregory Spittel was convicted late Monday of second-degree reckless homicide, battery or threat to a law...

Police: Cartels in Oregon are morphing their pot-growing ops

May. 12, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Foreign drug cartels that established illegal outdoor marijuana farms in Oregon last year are adapting as pressure on them begins to mount, law enforcement officials said Thursday. New challenges are emerging as a task force created by the Legislature met for the...

Drug distributor for cartel sentenced to 9 years in prison

May. 11, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A 32-year-old drug distributor for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel was sentenced to nine years in federal prison, prosecutors said Tuesday. Adrian Izazaga-Martinez of Kent pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Prosecutors...

Colombia cartel shuts down towns over leader’s extradition

May. 10, 2022 07:54 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Gulf Clan drug cartel shut down dozens of towns in northern Colombia for four days in reaction to its leader being extradited to the U.S. for trial. It warned that anyone who disobeyed the stay-at-home order risked being shot or having their vehicle burned. ...

Journalist killed in northern Mexico, 9th so far this year

May. 05, 2022 22:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Another journalist was found dead in northern Mexico on Thursday, the ninth media worker killed in the country so far this year. Prosecutors in the northern state of Sinaloa said the body of Luis Enrique Ramírez Ramos was found on a dirt road near near junkyard...

Reward offered for capture, conviction of drug traffickers

May. 04, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of State is offering a reward of up to $5 million each for information leading to the arrest and conviction of three Honduran nationals indicted on charges connected to their roles as leaders in a drug-trafficking operation. A federal...

Prominent murder cases often remain mysteries in Mexico

Apr. 29, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As Mexican investigators struggle with the so-far inexplicable death of an 18 year-old woman, the odds of an answer are slim: Even nationally significant homicide cases — like nearly all homicide cases in Mexico — tend to wind up as mysterious as the 1975 disappearance of...

Suspected cartel gunmen abduct 2 female soldiers in Mexico

Apr. 28, 2022 23:33 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Suspected drug cartel gunmen abducted two off-duty female soldiers at gunpoint for several hours Thursday, the Mexican army said. The commander of the army headquarters in the Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta said the two women were vacationing there when...