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Failed raid against El Chapo's son leaves 8 dead in Mexico

Oct. 18, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexican security forces aborted an attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after finding themselves outgunned in a ferocious shootout with cartel henchmen that left at least eight people dead and more than 20 wounded, authorities said Friday. The...

AP Explains: A look at Mexico's security strategy

Oct. 18, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A display of armed might by a drug cartel forced Mexican authorities to abandon an attempt to arrest a son of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman, leading Mexicans to question President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's security strategy and ask who really runs parts of the country....

The Latest: Mexico says 8 died in Culiacan cartel clash

Oct. 18, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — The Latest on violence in northern Mexico after an attempt to capture drug trafficker's son (all times local): 9:10 a.m. Mexican officials say eight people were killed in gunbattles in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan in what is being described as a failed operation to detain...

Gunbattles rattle Mexican city after troops find Chapo's son

Oct. 18, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — An intense gunfight with heavy weapons and burning vehicles blocking roads paralyzed the capital of Mexico's Sinaloa state Thursday after security forces located one of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's sons who is wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges. Mexican security...

Correction: Mexico-Violence story

Oct. 16, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — In a story Oct. 15 about two shootouts between Mexican security forces and suspected drug cartel gunmen, The Associated Press reported erroneously that they took place the same day. One took place Monday, and the other Tuesday. A corrected version of the story is below: Mexico:...

Judge grants compassionate release for man serving life

Oct. 16, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has ordered the release of a 76-year-old man who was sentenced to life for running a large Portland cocaine distribution ring, finding he meets the "extraordinary and compelling" reasons for compassionate release. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports despite objections from...

Gunmen ambush police convoy in Mexico; kill 13 and wound 9

Oct. 15, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — State police expected the worst when they ventured into the wild township of Aguililla to serve a single warrant. Commanders sent 42 officers in five trucks. It wasn't enough. More than 30 suspected drug cartel gunmen were waiting for them Monday, some in vehicles that were...

13 police killed by suspected cartel gunmen in west Mexico

Oct. 14, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — At least 13 police officers were killed and nine others wounded Monday in an ambush by gunmen in the Mexican state of Michoacan, a western region where violence attributed to drug cartels has spiked in recent months. The state police officers had gone to a home in the town of El Aguaje...

Honduran cartel figure testifies he bribed presidents

Oct. 11, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The former boss of Honduras' Los Cachiros cartel testified Friday that he paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to the current and former presidents of Honduras in exchange for protection from extradition to the United States and other favors. Devis Leonel Rivera Maradiaga said in...

5 charged in Klamath drug-trafficking organization

Oct. 11, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Five people have been charged for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin manufactured in Mexico in the Klamath Falls area. U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon Billy J. Williams said Thursday that Rogelio Gomez-Arias, Irving Beas...