Latest Drug cartels News

Ex-Mexican prosecutor so corrupt he betrayed drug cartel

Jan. 14, 2022 18:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A former Mexican state prosecutor was so corrupt even the crooks who paid him off couldn’t trust him, according to a report released this week by the Mexican government’s Interior Department. The department's National Search Commission issued the report as...

3 arrests in 2020 triple-slaying at California high school

Jan. 13, 2022 21:20 PM EST

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities investigating the fatal shootings of three teenagers in central California said Thursday they have arrested three men suspected in the killings and two dozen other gang members connected to a drugs and weapons trafficking operation. Jose Carlos...

Spanish police nab drug smugglers who used helicopters

Jan. 09, 2022 06:47 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police said Sunday they dismantled a drug-trafficking ring that allegedly brought hashish and marijuana from Morocco to southern Spain by helicopter and then transported it to France by road. The Guardia Civil said in a statement it seized 2.4 metric tons...

Mexican activist begs drug lords to let her search for sons

Jan. 03, 2022 21:31 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The volunteer activists who search for the bodies of their missing relatives have long been under threat in Mexico. But this week one of them took the unusual step of issuing a public plea to drugs lords in the northern border state of Sonora, to allow the “Searching...

Mexico sees seizures of meth, fentanyl soar since 2019

Dec. 20, 2021 17:11 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican drug cartels are turning to bigger, more productive labs to churn out increasing quantities of synthetic drugs like meth and fentanyl, according to seizure figures issued Monday by the country’s Defense Department. The defense secretary, Gen. Luis...

EU police nab suspected traffickers of drugs through Morocco

Dec. 17, 2021 11:14 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Police in Spain, France and Belgium have broken up a drug trafficking ring believed to be smuggling tons of cocaine and hashish by speedboat from Morocco to Europe, the European Union crime agency said Friday. Spanish police arrested 17 people, including 11 Spaniards...

Awash in illegal pot farms, Oregon plans millions for relief

Dec. 16, 2021 17:02 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Theft of water during a drought. Exploitation of immigrant laborers. Intimidation of residents by armed criminals. A Democratic state senator from southern Oregon said his region, awash in illegal marijuana farms that are protected by gunmen, is starting to look...

How brothers in arms plotted theft, sale of US Army weaponry

Dec. 16, 2021 10:57 AM EST

Packed with rifles and explosives, the SUV hurtled down a Florida interstate beneath bright blue autumn skies, passing other motorists with little notice. It was November 2018, and the driver, Tyler Sumlin, was uncomfortable. Clammy. The husky, bearded former U.S. Army soldier was...

21 charged in alleged conspiracy to sell cocaine, fentanyl

Dec. 16, 2021 10:54 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Drug charges have been filed against 21 people accused of running a cocaine and fentanyl ring that spanned Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine and Puerto Rico, Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel Mendell’s office said Wednesday. Authorities say the...

US and Mexico begin work on new security framework

Dec. 14, 2021 13:19 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico and the United States began work Tuesday on the new framework that will govern their security relationship going forward and replaces the Merida Initiative, which had focused on building up Mexico’s capabilities to battle the drug cartels. The...