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7 killed in Mexico's most violent state despite capo arrest

Aug. 8, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hopes that the recent arrest of a Mexican gang leader could calm the country’s most violent state appeared dashed Saturday as the bullet-ridden bodies of seven men were found in a field and a rival drug cartel announced it was moving in. The central state of Guanajuato has been...

Man who sold drugs from Montana pre-release center sentenced

Aug. 3, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A man who prosecutors said distributed drugs from a Montana pre-release center has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison. Judge Brian Morris sentenced Anthony Joseph Beltran on Monday and ordered him to forfeit four vehicles, an RV and almost $48,000 in currency. The...

Albanian businessman’s assets seized, drug links suspected

Aug. 3, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian prosecutors on Monday said they had seized vast assets belonging to a businessman and a media mogul suspected of building his empire with profits from drug trafficking. The Special Prosecutor’s Office against Corruption and Organized Crime, known as SPAK by acronym in...

Mexico arrests violent gang leader known for emotive videos

Aug. 2, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police and military forces on Sunday arrested the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima gang who spread violence through north-central Mexico and fought a years-long bloody turf battle with the Jalisco cartel. The armed forces and officials in the state of Guanajuato said they had...

FILE- In this Jan 3, 2020 file courtroom sketch, defense attorney Cesar de Castro, left, Mexico's former top security official, Genaro Garcia Luna, center, and a court interpreter, appear for an arraignment hearing in Brooklyn federal court in New York. Garcia Luna pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted a fortune in drug-money bribes from kingpin Joaquin

Ex high-ranking Mexican officers charged in drug scheme

Jul. 30, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two former high-ranking Mexican law enforcement officials have been accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes to protect Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s notorious Sinaloa cartel, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Luis Cardenas Palomino and Ramon Pequeno Garcia...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, flowers placed by relatives remain where one of the cars belonging to the extended LeBaron family was ambushed by gunmen last year near Bavispe, Sonora state, Mexico. Relatives of nine women and children from an offshoot Mormon community who were killed in Mexico in November filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, July 23, 2020, in North Dakota, against the Juarez drug cartel. The lawsuit accuses the cartel of attacking the family members in retribution for their public criticism and protests against the cartel. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez, File)

Family of 9 slain Mexican-Americans sues Juarez drug cartel

Jul. 29, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

Family members of nine women and children from an offshoot Mormon community who were killed in Mexico have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Juarez drug cartel of carrying out the attack in retribution for their public criticism and protests against the cartel. A lawyer for the family members said they are...

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Thousands in Bulgaria's streets demanding government resign

Jul. 29, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Tens of thousands of people took to the streets Wednesday in cities across Bulgaria for a third consecutive week to demand the resignation of the government and the chief prosecutor. In the biggest anti-government protests in seven years, those in power are being accused of...

Mexico seizes 2nd lot of fentanyl in medical capsules

Jul. 27, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a sign that Mexican traffickers may be having a harder time getting their hands on fentanyl, Mexico said Monday it has seized a second shipment of medicinal fentanyl in glass capsules, suggesting they may have been diverted from a lab, pharmacy or hospital. Mexican cartels have...

18 face charges in Massachusetts drug investigation

Jul. 24, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Eighteen people are facing charges in connection with that federal prosecutors call a wide-ranging fentanyl, heroin, crack, and cocaine trafficking ring, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Boston. Eight of the suspects, all of whom live in Fitchburg or Gardner, were previously...

The new Secretary of Communications and Transport of the government of then President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Javier Jimenez Espriu, talks to residents of San Nicolas Tlaminca as they protest against the construction of Mexico City's new airport near their community, in San Nicolas Tlaminca, México, Oct. 10, 2018. Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday, July 23, 2020, that he had accepted the resignation of Transportation Secretary Javier Jimenez Espriu after a “dispute” with Jimenez, who thought Mexico’s sea ports should be managed by his agency and not the military as designated by the president. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexican transport minister resigns in dispute with president

Jul. 23, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andréz Manuel López Obrador’s decision last week to put management of the country’s customs operations in the hands of the military has claimed one of his Cabinet ministers who opposed the move. López Obrador said Thursday that he had...