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Million-dollar opioid drug ring started small, No. 2 says

Aug. 15, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who prosecutors call the second-in-command of a multimillion-dollar online opioid drug ring said Thursday the operation started small, when he needed cash for student loans so he let his roommate sell his prescription Adderall. Drew Crandall, 33, said the dark-web operation run...

Trial opens for Utah man accused in major opioid ring

Aug. 12, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Stacks of potentially deadly fentanyl-laced pills sealed inside plastic tubs were displayed Monday on a table in a Salt Lake City courtroom, a haul that prosecutors say amounted to a tiny portion of the opioids shipped all over the U.S. as part of a multi-million dollar operation...

The Latest: Trial opens for Utah man in major opioid ring

Aug. 12, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a Utah man accused of running an opioid ring (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Lawyers for a man accused of running a multi-million-dollar opioid ring out of his suburban Salt Lake City basement say he was involved in drugs but wasn't capable of running such a...

Vigilantes, mob justice grow as violence mounts in Mexico

Aug. 9, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Vigilante attacks and mob justice appeared to be on the rise in Mexico this week as violence mounted, more than two dozen bodies appeared along roadsides and the government ruled out any new crackdown on criminal gangs. Prosecutors in the northern state of Sinaloa said Thursday five...

19 bodies hung from bridge or hacked up in Mexico gang feud

Aug. 8, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police found nine bodies hanging from an overpass Thursday alongside a drug cartel banner threatening rivals, and seven more corpses hacked up and dumped by the road nearby. Just down the road were three more bodies, for a total of 19. The killing spree reported by prosecutors in...

US judge gives 'El Chapo' associate a 28-year prison term

Aug. 6, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago sentenced a former lieutenant to Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo " Guzman to 28 years in prison on Tuesday, imposing the long sentence even after rejecting claims by prosecutors that the trafficker offered street gang members $25,000 to hurt a star government...

Key witness against DEA agent sentenced in conspiracy case

Jul. 31, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The star witness in a U.S. investigation of a once-standout Drug Enforcement Administration agent was sentenced Wednesday to nearly four years in prison after implicating his longtime handler in a multimillion-dollar money-laundering conspiracy with the very Colombian cartel...

Woman shoots 2 Israeli men to death at Mexico shopping mall

Jul. 25, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A woman wearing a blond wig disguise fatally shot two Israeli men at a restaurant in an upscale Mexico City shopping mall, and authorities said Thursday they were investigating links to organized crime. Though the woman was quickly arrested and claimed the killings were a crime of...

Police bust international Balkan cocaine cartel

Jul. 25, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — European Union police agency Europol says an international operation has smashed a Balkan crime ring that transported cocaine from South America to Europe in private planes. Europol announced Thursday the operation led to 11 arrests in Europe and five in Asia along with the...

Mexican authorities find 21 bodies buried in yard of house

Jul. 24, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in western Mexico say 21 bodies have been found in excavations carried out in the yard of a house near the city of Guadalajara. Jalisco state prosecutors say that a possible burial site at the house was detected earlier this month and that excavations over several days...