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EU police agency says operation smashed organized crime ring

May. 22, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union's police agency says an international law enforcement operation has smashed an organized crime gang that earned hundreds of millions of euros in drug and cigarette trafficking, assassinations and money laundering. Europol said Wednesday that more than 450...

Ex-rebel in Colombia recaptured after release from jail

May. 17, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former Colombian rebel leader was re-arrested by police Friday moments after his release from jail by a peace tribunal whose ruling against extraditing him to the U.S. triggered an institutional crisis and revived debate about justice for victims of the country's armed conflict....

US sanctions ex-governor of Mexico's Nayarit state, judge

May. 17, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department slapped sanctions Friday on a Mexican former governor already under suspicion in his home state of Nayarit, along with a Mexican judge, under corruption and narcotics statutes for purported drug cartel ties. The department alleged that ex-Gov. Roberto...

Mexican cartel drug trafficker sentenced in Atlanta

May. 16, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The head of the U.S. arm of the cocaine transportation and distribution network of Edgar Valdez-Villareal, also known as La Barbie, has been sentenced to federal prison for trafficking cocaine and money laundering. In a news release Thursday, U.S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak said U.S....

Police: Slain woman had 2 husbands, including African actor

May. 13, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A woman who was recently shot to death in a brazen daytime attack outside Washington was married to two men, authorities say. One is a well-known actor from west Africa. The other is a convicted cocaine trafficker who was described as a "major Baltimore drug dealer" before going to...

Prosecutors: Alleged mob boss killer knew he was 'marked'

May. 9, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The 24-year-old man accused of killing the reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family knew he was a marked man. At a bail hearing on Thursday, Staten Island prosecutors said that shortly after the shooting Anthony Comello sent a text message saying "I'm on the run" and "my family is...

Italian PM sacks junior minister under probe for corruption

May. 8, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has sacked a junior minister from the right-wing League party in his uneasy coalition populist government who is under investigation for corruption. A cabinet meeting Wednesday decided to remove Armando Siri, a deputy minister for transport who has denied...

Spain nabs gang offering criminal money laundering services

May. 8, 2019 8:17 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The European Union's police agency says it has helped police in Spain break up an international gang suspected of offering modern money laundering services to other criminal organizations. Europol says the gang used various schemes to launder the criminal proceeds, including the use of...

Albania court jails drug trafficker for 10 years

May. 7, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian drug trafficker who went on the run for three years has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Tirana's Serious Crimes Court on Tuesday convicted Kelmend Balili of drug trafficking and money laundering. Balili, a former senior official at the local administration in the...

Malago to lead organizing committee if Milan-Cortina wins

May. 7, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago will lead the organizing committee if the Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo bid wins next month's vote to host the 2026 Winter Games. Malago's announcement on Tuesday came hours after a massive police operation in the Milan area resulted in 43 people...