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Mexico: drug cartels recruiting youths through video games

Oct. 20, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Drug cartels in Mexico are recruiting youths through contacts made on multiplayer online video games, officials said Wednesday. Ricardo Mejía, Mexico’s assistant public safety secretary, said an apparent cartel recruiter had already bought bus...

Ex-Mexican federal officer admits taking bribes from cartel

Oct. 19, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

Associated Press (AP) — A former Mexican federal police commander admitted Tuesday that he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to help cartels ship cocaine into the United States. Ivan Reyes Arzate served for years as a main point of contact for...

Oregon illegal pot grows: More calls to send National Guard

Oct. 18, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On the same day last week that a southern Oregon county declared a state of emergency amid a sharp increase in illegal cannabis farms, police raided a site that had about 2 tons of processed marijuana and 17,500 pot plants. The raid illustrates that...

Treasury says it needs to modernize its economic sanctions

Oct. 18, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says that the economic and financial sanctions the United States has employed over the past two decades to battle global terrorism, nuclear proliferation, drug cartels and other threats need to adapt to a rapidly changing financial world. ...

Philippine forces kill 4 suspected Chinese drug dealers

Oct. 18, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine law enforcers backed by troops killed four suspected Chinese drug dealers who opened fire at them during a sting operation on Monday, the national police chief said. He said more than 262 million pesos ($5.2 million) worth of methamphetamines were...

Alleged leader of drug trafficking ring pleads not guilty

Oct. 15, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A Longview, Washington man has pleaded not guilty to charges of leading and profiting from organized crime. Efrein Velarde Pelayo, 33, is accused of sending a runner to sell heroin and methamphetamines to a police informant last winter. The Daily...

In Mexico, children as young as 10 recruited by drug cartels

Oct. 14, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Jacobo grew up in the western Mexico state of Jalisco, home to the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel. Never comfortable in school, he had an abusive childhood: at one point his mother held his hands over an open flame after he allegedly shoved a classmate. ...

Suspected cartel gunmen in north Mexico kill 3-year-old boy

Oct. 11, 2021 20:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Suspected drug cartel gunmen opened fire on a car in northern Mexico on Monday, killing a 3-year-old boy and wounding the child's parents, authorities said. The father, who was driving in the city of Ciudad Obregon when the attack happened, managed to...

US envoy: US asking Mexico to let in DEA and other agents

Oct. 09, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The new U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, said Saturday the United States has asked the Mexican government to allow agents, including those from the Drug Enforcement Administration, to work in Mexico. Last year, Mexico pulled foreign agents'...

Mexico, US draw up outlines of new security framework

Oct. 08, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — High-level delegations from Mexico and the United States on Friday laid out the outlines of a new security framework between the nations that at least conceptually marked a departure from the mindset that steered their cooperation over the past decade. ...