Latest Drug cartels News

Toxic mix of gangs, vigilantes fuels rising Mexican violence

Jun. 21, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

XALTIANGUIS, Mexico (AP) — What now passes for the law in Xaltianguis, a little town on the road to Acapulco, arrived with a car bomb and butchery. A heavily armed vigilante force took over the town in the Mexican state of Guerrero last month by driving out a rival band, blowing up a car with gas cylinders...

24 kilos of drugs, 14 arrested in major drug ring takedown

Jun. 20, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities arrested 14 people and seized more than 24 kilograms (53 pounds) of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine as a result of a two-year drug trafficking investigation, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Thursday. It's the biggest takedown of a major opioid trafficking operation...

Feds: Indicted drug agent duped DEA into hiring him

Jun. 14, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A narcotics agent accused of betraying his badge applied for a job with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, so he and a leader of a murderous drug-trafficking ring would become "unstoppable," prosecutors said in new court filings. Fernando Gomez, who is awaiting trial in New York on...

Japanese police arrest 7 Chinese in record drug smuggling

Jun. 5, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities have arrested seven Chinese men on suspicion of smuggling what is believed to be a record amount of stimulants, police and media reports said Wednesday, amid concern about growing drug use among ordinary people following a series of recent arrests of government officials...

"El Chapo" mother says US approved visa to visit drug lord

Jun. 1, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The mother of convicted drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán said Saturday that the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City granted her a visa so she can visit her son in prison. Sitting in a wheelchair in front of the embassy, Consuelo Loera said she and two daughters were both approved...

Washington state man sentenced for cartel drug conspiracy

May. 31, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man has been sentenced for trafficking Mexican cartel methamphetamine. The Spokesman-Review reported Wednesday that 33-year-old Rosalio E. Sanchez of Pasco was sentenced Wednesday to about 25 years in prison. Sanchez was convicted in March of conspiracy to...

Judge raps Trump, gives lenient sentence to El Chapo witness

May. 30, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A chief federal judge in Chicago took a swipe at President Donald Trump on Thursday and declared the U.S. war on drugs "lost" as he handed a lenient sentence to a one-time cartel lieutenant and a star witness at last year's New York trial of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Chief U.S....

Man accused of helping run 'El Chapo' cartel due in US court

May. 29, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Mexican man accused of running a death squad for convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was due in a Texas courtroom on Wednesday to face a raft of charges. U.S. prosecutors announced Tuesday that Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo had been extradited to Texas on 2012 charges of...

Central Texas man, 38, gets life term for leading drug ring

May. 29, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

WACO, Texas (AP) — A 38-year-old Central Texas man has been sentenced to life in federal prison for leading a drug trafficking ring. Prosecutors say Daniel Louis Lopez was sentenced Tuesday in Waco. The Waco man in January pleaded guilty to conspiracy with intent to distribute methamphetamine....

Canadian sentenced for selling encrypted phones to criminals

May. 29, 2019 12:34 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Canadian man who sold encrypted Blackberry smartphones to criminals worldwide that enabled them to sell drugs and even plan murders while avoiding the prying eyes of law enforcement was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison. Vincent Ramos, 41, of Richmond in the Vancouver area was...