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'Godfather of Grass' seeks prison release over virus concern

May. 22, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

LISBON, Ohio (AP) — The “Godfather of Grass,” who was sentenced for his role in a large marijuana operation after eight years on the run, has asked a judge to release him from a federal prison in Ohio that has seen nine coronavirus deaths. John Robert “Johnny” Boone vouched for...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020 file photo, soldiers patrol a neighborhood in Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico. Mexico's drug war has long played out in dusty northern border cities or the poppy fields of its southern mountains, but now the killings have moved to the conservative industrial heartland state of Guanajuato. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico faces continued drug gang violence despite pandemic

May. 20, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Homicides in Mexico dropped only slightly in April despite widespread lockdowns and social distancing measures for the coronavirus outbreak, suggesting the pandemic has done little to stem drug gang violence. Killings nationwide amounted to 3,020 in April, down from 3,078 in March. That...

Ex drug cartel hitman 'El Chino Antrax' killed in Mexico

May. 18, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A former top enforcer for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel who spent time in a U.S. prison has been identified as one of three people found murdered in Sinaloa state over the weekend, officials said Monday. The Sinaloa state prosecutors’ office identified the dead man as José...

FILE - In this June 2, 2011 file photo, Mexico's Genaro Garcia Luna speaks during a ceremony to designate June 2 as the Federal Police Day in Mexico City. The former Federal Secretary of Public Safety is to be arraigned in New York, on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. The indictment claims that Garcia Luna allegedly received millions of dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini, File)

Mexican president: US should probe its ties to ex top cop

May. 4, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president said Monday that the U.S. government should investigate its own officials who had ties to Mexico’s former top security official, who is currently facing trial accused of taking tens of millions of dollars in bribes to protect the Sinaloa cartel. Former...

FILE- This undated file photo shows Fabio Ochoa Vasquez.  Federal prosecutors oppose a bid for early prison release by the former Medellin cocaine cartel kingpin. They contend in court documents filed in Miami that his request far underplays the vast amount of drugs he helped smuggle into the U.S. over two decades. (AP Photo/File)

Not so fast: US against release of Colombian cocaine kingpin

May. 1, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors oppose a bid for early prison release by former Medellin cocaine cartel kingpin Fabio Ochoa, contending that his request far underplays the vast amount of drugs he helped smuggle into the U.S. over two decades. The lawyer for Ochoa argues that new retroactive...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2002, file photo, Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela leaves the Combita maximum security prison, in Tunja, 60 miles northeast of Bogota, Colombia. A Miami federal judge ruled Tuesday, April 28, 2020, that one of the world's most notorious Colombian cocaine cartel kingpins will not be released early from a U.S. prison over claims of ill health and coronavirus fears. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

Judge: No early prison release for Cali cartel cocaine lord

Apr. 28, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — One of the most notorious Colombian cocaine cartel kingpins will not be released early from a U.S. prison over claims of ill health and fears of the deadly effects on him of a potential coronavirus infection, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno...

FILE- This undated file photo shows Fabio Ochoa Vasquez. Ochoa, one of three Colombian brothers who authorities say once were key operators of the notorious Medellin cartel's multibillion-dollar cocaine smuggling enterprise in Florida, is seeking early release from U.S. prison because of changes in federal sentencing guidelines. His attorney wants a federal judge to cut his 30-year prison sentence by about five years, which would effectively result in his release from prison and deportation to Colombia. (AP Photo/File)

Former drug lord Ochoa seeks early release from US prison

Apr. 21, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — One of three Colombian brothers who authorities say once were key operators of the notorious Medellin cartel's multibillion-dollar cocaine smuggling enterprise in Florida is seeking early release from U.S. prison because of changes in federal sentencing guidelines. The attorney...

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Mexico can't stop drug cartels from handing out virus aid

Apr. 20, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president acknowledged Monday that drug cartels have been handing out aid packages during the coronavirus pandemic, and called on them to stop. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said such handouts have occurred “in several places,” but said...

This March 2020 photo provided by the U.S. Border Patrol's San Diego Tunnel Team shows a tunnel under the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, Calif. Federal authorities seized a panoply of narcotics inside the newly discovered underground passage connecting a warehouse in Tijuana with south San Diego. The bust of $30 million worth of street drugs was also notable for its low amount of fentanyl - about 2 pounds. (U.S. Border Patrol via AP)

‘Cartels are scrambling’: Virus snarls global drug trade

Apr. 19, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus is dealing a gut punch to the illegal drug trade, paralyzing economies, closing borders and severing supply chains in China that traffickers rely on for the chemicals to make such profitable drugs as methamphetamine and fentanyl. One of the main suppliers that shut down is in...

19 killed in clash between drug gangs in northern Mexico

Apr. 4, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A big shootout between rival drug gangs killed 19 people in the northern Mexico border state of Chihuahua, state prosecutors’ office said Saturday. A total of 18 corpses, two grenades, vehicles and guns were found at the scene of the clash in the hamlet of Chuchuichupa the...