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FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2019 file photo, the advertising label of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, shines at their headquarters in Vienna, Austria.  Leaders of the OPEC cartel are meeting virtually to decide how much oil their countries should produce as the coronavirus stifles demand for fuel. They’re expected to extend production cuts into the new year in an effort to boost prices. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

OPEC talks on oil production to go into second day

Nov. 30, 2020 2:11 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Leaders of the OPEC oil cartel adjourned their virtual meeting Monday on future production as no agreement was announced on whether to extend output cuts into next year. The OPEC nations, led by Saudi Arabia, will reconvene Tuesday, according to a short statement from the cartel's...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2009 file photo, Mexico's Federal Secretary of Public Safety, Genaro Garcia Luna speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Mexico City. Mexico's former public security secretary pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, to new drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District Court of New York. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

Mexico charges ex-security chief who faces trial in US

Nov. 29, 2020 3:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials said Sunday they want to prosecute former security chief Genaro Gará Luna in his own country, despite the fact he faces trial in the U.S. for allegedly protecting a drug gang. The action follows a U.S. decision to drop charges against another former top Mexican...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, Doctor Jose Manuel Mireles, leader of his town's self-defense group, pauses during an interview with the Associated Press at his ranch in the town of Tepalcatepec, in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. A Mexican government health agency has confirmed that Mireles has died on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

Mexico ex 'self-defense' vigilante leader dies of COVID-19

Nov. 25, 2020 9:23 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Jose Manuel Mireles, one of the leaders of a civilian militia formed in 2013 to fight a drug cartel in western Mexico, died Wednesday, a government health agency confirmed. Mireles was a physician who worked for the federal Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers. ...

Alleged Sinaloa Cartel member extradited to US from Italy

Nov. 20, 2020 4:40 PM EST

New York (AP) — A former Mexican federal police officer accused of trafficking drugs for the Sinaloa Cartel was extradited this week to the U.S. from Italy, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday night. Ramón Santoyo-Cristobal, also known as “Dr. Wagner,” faces charges of...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, left, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, salute during the annual Independence Day military parade in Mexico City's main square. U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, formally dropped a drug trafficking and money laundering case against Gen. Cienfuegos, a decision that came after Mexico threatened to cut off cooperation with U.S. authorities unless the general was sent home. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico says it wants its ex-officials tried in Mexico

Nov. 19, 2020 5:05 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's foreign secretary said Thursday the country no longer wants officials accused of corruption to be put on trial in the United States, a move that could scale back a tradition that saw most of Mexico’s corruption cases tried north of the border. However, a spokesman for...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, left, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, salute during the annual Independence Day military parade in Mexico City's main square. U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, formally dropped a drug trafficking and money laundering case against Gen. Cienfuegos, a decision that came after Mexico threatened to cut off cooperation with U.S. authorities unless the general was sent home. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

US drops case against ex-Mexican general after pressure

Nov. 18, 2020 9:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Wednesday dropped a high-profile drug trafficking and money laundering case against a former Mexican defense secretary, an extraordinary reversal that followed an intense pressure campaign from Mexico. The full scope of Mexico’s pressure was not clear and...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, left, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, salute during the annual Independence Day military parade in Mexico City's main square. The U.S. Justice Department is dropping its drug trafficking and money laundering against former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

US dropping case against former Mexican defense secretary

Nov. 17, 2020 8:06 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is dropping its drug trafficking and money laundering case against former Mexican Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos, Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday. Barr said the department would drop its case so Cienfuegos “may be investigated and, if...

Mexican cartel member facing US drug conspiracy charges

Nov. 9, 2020 6:40 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — An alleged high-ranking member of the Mexican drug cartel Beltran-Leyva was brought to Chicago to face charges that he helped manufacture and import cocaine into the United States, federal prosecutors revealed Monday. Geronimo Gamez-Garcia, who has been in custody in Mexico since 2017, was...

Feds: NYPD officer served as lookout for cocaine ring

Nov. 9, 2020 6:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities arrested a New York City police officer Monday on charges he served as a lookout for drug traffickers who smuggled hundreds of kilograms of cocaine into the United States. Officer Amaury Abreu, 34, of Hauppauge, is accused of explaining law enforcement methods to the...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020 file photo, a policeman stands guard as the city mayor attends an event to inaugurate renovated sections of the market, which, along with other local businesses, has suffered as violence has kept regional shoppers away in Apaseo El Alto, Guanajuato state, Mexico. The two most powerful drug cartels in the hemisphere are battling over this industrial and farming hub of central Mexico — a state that has attracted gangs for the same reason it has lured auto manufacturers: road and rail networks that lead straight to the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Cartels' meth war bloodying once-peaceful state in Mexico

Oct. 22, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In the central Mexico state of Guanajuato, the color of the meth or the markings on the package in an addict’s pocket may determine whether he lives or dies. The Jalisco Cartel sells crystal-clear meth at $2.30 per dose. The home gang, Santa Rosa de Lima, sells cheaper blue-tinged...