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Honduran cartel figure testifies he bribed presidents

Oct. 11, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The former boss of Honduras' Los Cachiros cartel testified Friday that he paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to the current and former presidents of Honduras in exchange for protection from extradition to the United States and other favors. Devis Leonel Rivera Maradiaga said in...

5 charged in Klamath drug-trafficking organization

Oct. 11, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Five people have been charged for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin manufactured in Mexico in the Klamath Falls area. U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon Billy J. Williams said Thursday that Rogelio Gomez-Arias, Irving Beas...

Amnesty International urges Malaysia to end death penalty

Oct. 10, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Amnesty International urged Malaysia's government on Thursday to keep its promise to abolish the death penalty, saying unfair trials and the use of harsh treatment to obtain confessions put people at risk of execution. The rights group released details of nearly two years of...

Thai court sentences Taiwanese to life for smuggling heroin

Oct. 9, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Wednesday commuted a Taiwanese man's sentence for smuggling heroin to life imprisonment after sentencing him to death. A Bangkok Criminal Court official confirmed Thai media reports that 38-year-old Chen Kuan Lin had been arrested while trying to smuggle 5.6 kilograms...

Ex-Colombia president questioned on witness tampering

Oct. 8, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Powerful former President Alvaro Uribe appeared before Colombia's Supreme Court on Tuesday for questioning in a case involving alleged witness tampering that could potentially cast a dark shadow over is legacy. A magistrate queried Uribe behind closed doors for over seven hours...

Trafficker: Honduran president sought money for campaign

Oct. 8, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Honduran former drug trafficker and mayor testified Tuesday that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández wanted thousands of dollars in bribes from him for his re-election campaign in 2017. On the witness stand on the fifth day of the drug trial against Hernández's brother...

Philippines: Indonesia woman nabbed with drugs from Cambodia

Oct. 7, 2019 5:00 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities said they arrested an Indonesian woman who was carrying 54 million pesos ($1 million) worth of illegal drugs in her carry-on bag from her flight from Cambodia on Monday, amid a crackdown on drug smuggling attempts. The Bureau of Customs said Agnes Alexandra...

Narco testifies he gave $100k to Honduran candidates in 2009

Oct. 4, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Honduran drug trafficker gave more details Friday about campaign contributions he says he gave to the current and former presidents of the Central American nation — money he says was channeled through the brother of now-President Juan Orlando Hernández. Víctor Hugo...

Indonesia puts Frenchman in solitary after new escape try

Oct. 4, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have placed a convicted French drug smuggler in solitary confinement after he tried to escape for a second time from a jail on the tourist island of Lombok, a prison official said Friday. The chief warden of Mataram prison, Tri Saptono Sambudji, said guards...

Narco says he gave to Honduran president’s early campaign

Oct. 3, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Honduran drug trafficker testified Thursday that he gave $40,000 to Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernández in 2005 for the congressional campaign of his brother, who is now the president of Honduras. Trafficker Victor Hugo Díaz Morales said that with Tony...