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Vermont police chief says gangs behind drugs, violence

Dec. 03, 2021 11:12 AM EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A southern Vermont police chief says gangs from Massachusetts are behind more of the recent drug arrests and violence in the area. Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette his department is taking the issue seriously and they are working to counter...

Mexico's drug war uses drones, human shields, gunships

Nov. 25, 2021 11:02 AM EST

AGUILILLA, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican government is rapidly running out of tools to control the expansion of the feared Jalisco cartel on the front lines of Mexico’s narco war in the western state of Michoacan and the stalled ground effort is being supplemented by an increasingly...

South Dakota officials: Gang activity becoming more violent

Nov. 15, 2021 01:05 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Street gang members in Rapid City are becoming less fearful of consequences. That’s according to Tony Harrison, captain of Investigations for the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, who has been investigating street...

Gang allows fuel to flow in Haiti -- but just for a week

Nov. 13, 2021 03:01 AM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A powerful Haitian gang leader said Friday he is easing a chokehold on fuel deliveries that has caused a growing crisis for hospitals, gas stations and even water supplies across the nation's capital. G9 gang leader Jimmy “Barbecue”...

El Salvador sends troops, police into streets amid killings

Nov. 11, 2021 19:18 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Combined patrols of soldiers and police fanned out across El Salvador's capital Thursday after a spate of killings left about 30 people dead in two days. El Salvador’s homicide rate had dropped sharply from the violent days of the...

US urges citizens to leave Haiti amid deepening turmoil

Nov. 11, 2021 15:06 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The U.S. government is urging U.S. citizens to leave Haiti because of the country’s deepening insecurity and a severe lack of fuel that has affected hospitals, schools and banks. Gas stations remained closed on Thursday. The rare warning...

US pledges to strengthen Haiti police amid fuel, gang crisis

Nov. 09, 2021 19:07 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The U.S. government pledged Tuesday to strengthen Haiti’s National Police as the country struggles with a spike in gang-related violence and a severe shortage of fuel that has deepened an economic crisis. Todd Robinson, U.S. assistant...

4 men involved in Providence gang shootout plead not guilty

Nov. 05, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Four men authorities allege were involved in a gang-related shootout in a residential neighborhood in Providence last May that left nine people injured pleaded not guilty at their arraignments on Friday. The men, all between the ages of 19 and...

2 dead in dramatic shootout near upscale Mexican resorts

Nov. 04, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A commando of drug gang gunmen on Thursday stormed ashore at a beach on Mexico's resort-studded Caribbean coast in front of luxury hotels and executed two drug dealers from a rival gang. The dramatic shooting attack sent tourists scrambling for cover...

In Haiti, the difficult relationship of gangs and business

Oct. 27, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Youri Mevs knew that the call was coming, and she was terrified. Mevs is a member of one of the richest families in Haiti; she owns Shodecosa, Haiti’s largest industrial park, which warehouses 93 percent of the nation’s imported food....