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DEA agent sentenced to 4 years for helping drug traffickers

Feb. 12, 2020 2:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal narcotics agent was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for his role in a decade-long drug conspiracy that involved the smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York. Prosecutors accused Fernando Gomez of infiltrating the U.S. Drug Enforcement...

US to seek extradition of Mexican drug kingpin's nephew

Feb. 10, 2020 9:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors in Brooklyn said Monday they intend to seek the extradition of a nephew of convicted Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, a notorious underworld figure who is on the FBI’s most wanted list for the murder of a federal agent over three decades ago. The U.S....

In this Feb. 6, 2020 photo, state police stand guard along the road leading into Uruapan, Michoacan state, Mexico. Uruapan, a city of about 340,000 people, is in Mexico's avocado belt, where violence has reached shocking proportions. In Uruapan, cartels are battling for territory and reports of killings are common, such as the gun massacre last week of three young boys, a teenager and five others at an arcade in what had been a relatively quiet neighborhood. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

In the heart of Mexico's violence, disillusion grows

Feb. 10, 2020 11:39 AM EST

URUAPAN, MEXICO (AP) — Alejandra Uvilla fled her home city of Apatzingan because of overwhelming violence, moving 65 miles (105 km) north to bustling, mountain-nestled Uruapan in the avocado belt of Michoacan state. Three years later, the bloodshed is even worse here. Cartels are battling for territory...

FILE - In this June 27, 2006 file photo, Jhon Jairo Velasquez, a former hit man for Pablo Escobar, known by his nickname

Pablo Escobar's hit man, known as "Popeye," dies of cancer

Feb. 6, 2020 1:49 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former hit man for late drug lord Pablo Escobar who confessed to killing hundreds of people during one of Colombia’s most violent periods died Thursday from cancer, prison authorities said. Jhon Jairo Velásquez, known by his nickname Popeye, died at the National Cancer...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2002 file photo, Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela leaves the Combita maximum security prison, in Tunja, 60 miles northeast of Bogota, Colombia.   Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela, 81, is asking a Miami federal judge to let him return to his family in Colombia because he suffers from prostate and colon cancer. Rodriguez-Orejuela has served about half of his 30-year prison sentence under a 2006 plea deal.  (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

Ill Cali cartel drug kingpin seeks early prison release

Feb. 6, 2020 11:39 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — One of the world's major cocaine kingpins, a co-founder of Colombia's Cali Cartel that smuggled some $2 billion in drugs to the U.S., is seeking compassionate early release from a federal prison because of ill health. Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela, 81, is asking a Miami federal judge to let him...

9 killed, including 3 kids, at video game arcade in Mexico

Feb. 4, 2020 5:35 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Four gunmen shot to death nine people at a video game arcade in western Mexico, and among the dead were three children aged 12, 13 and 14. Prosecutors in the state of Michoacan said late Monday the attack left two other people wounded. The attackers were apparently searching for...

This document provided by the Mexico City government shows the Oct. 28, 2017 mug shots and criminal record of Victor Manuel Felix Beltran, from the Reclusorio Sur jail in Mexico City. Beltran, an important financial operator for the Sinaloa Cartel and two other inmates facing extradition to the United States, escaped from the penitentiary in a jail transport van, city officials said. (Mexico City government via AP)

3 inmates facing US extradition driven out of Mexican jail

Jan. 30, 2020 5:37 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An important financial operator for the Sinaloa Cartel and two other inmates facing extradition to the United States who escaped from a Mexico City prison were driven out of the penitentiary in a jail transport van, city officials said Thursday. The escape is feeding a debate over a...

3 inmates facing extradition to US escape Mexican prison

Jan. 29, 2020 4:56 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A high-level financial operator for the Sinaloa Cartel and two other prisoners facing extradition to the United States escaped from a Mexico City jail Wednesday with the help of guards, authorities said. Officials gave few details on how or precisely when the escape occurred. But Hazael...

Ex-Mexican police official faces drug-trafficking charges

Jan. 24, 2020 6:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Mexican intelligence unit commander who was a main point of contact for intelligence sharing between U.S. agencies and Mexican federal police pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges in federal court in New York on Friday. Authorities say Ivan Reyes Arzate received thousands...

Mexico issues arrest warrant in killing of journalist Valdéz

Jan. 24, 2020 4:08 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Mexico said Thursday they have issued an arrest warrant for suspected drug capo Dámaso López in the 2017 killing of crusading journalist Javier Valdéz. López is better known by his nickname “Mini-Lic”and is the son of an...