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In this court artist sketch, former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda's appears in federal court, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 in Los Angeles. Cienfuegos, who led the country’s army for six years under ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges at Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. and Mexican sources said Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Bill Robles via AP).

Ex-Mexican defense secretary is denied bail on drug charges

Oct. 20, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge denied bail to Mexico's former defense secretary on Tuesday on charges of helping a Mexican cartel smuggle drugs to the United States in exchange for bribes, casting aside an argument that the retired general wouldn't flee because he was determined to exonerate himself. “My...

In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020, photo Acting Drug Enforcement Administrator Timothy Shea, right, visits with DEA agents at a checkpoint in Washington. More than 1,500 people have been arrested in the last three months as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration project focusing on violent crime. The initiative, nicknamed Project Safeguard, comes as President Donald Trump has touted similar operations as a much-needed answer to a spike in crime. It's also to showcase what he says is his law-and-order prowess, claiming he’s countering rising crime in cities run by Democrats. Acting DEA Administrator Tim Shea tells the AP that since the operation launched in August, 1,521 people have been arrested in both state and federal cases in cities across the U.S. and 2,135 firearms have been seized.   (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)

AP Exclusive: 1,500 arrests in DEA violent crime initiative

Oct. 20, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,500 people have been arrested on state and federal criminal charges in the last three months as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration project focusing on violent crime, the agency’s acting administrator told The Associated Press. Since the operation launched in...

In this court artist sketch, former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda's appears in federal court, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 in Los Angeles. Cienfuegos, who led the country’s army for six years under ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges at Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. and Mexican sources said Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Bill Robles via AP).

Mexico president wants US evidence against ex-defense chief

Oct. 19, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday his government will ask United States authorities to share all information about the alleged links between Mexico’s former defense secretary and drug traffickers. Retired Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos was arrested...

In this court artist sketch, former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda's appears in federal court, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 in Los Angeles. Cienfuegos, who led the country’s army for six years under ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges at Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. and Mexican sources said Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Bill Robles via AP).

Authorities: Top Mexico official helped smuggle drugs to US

Oct. 16, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mexico’s former defense secretary helped a cartel smuggle thousands of kilograms of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States in exchange for bribes, according to court documents unsealed Friday. Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, 72, acted on behalf of...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, Mexico's Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda gestures as U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens during a reception ceremony in Mexico City. Mexico's top diplomat says the country's former defense secretary, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, has been arrested in Los Angeles. Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard wrote Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 in his Twitter account that U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau had informed him of Cienfuegos' arrest. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Arrest of former Mexican defense minister shakes military

Oct. 16, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The arrest of Mexico’s former defense minister in the United States on charges that he protected a drug cartel in exchange for bribes is a blow to Mexico’s military, one of the few institutions that had maintained the confidence of the people. Until Thursday’s arrest...

FILE - In this April 16, 2016 file photo, Mexico's Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda salutes soldiers at the Number 1 military camp in Mexico City. Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard wrote in his Twitter account Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, that U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau had informed him that Gen. Cienfuegos has been arrested in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Ex-Mexico army chief arrested in LA on drugs, money charges

Oct. 16, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, who led the country’s army for six years under ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges at Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. and Mexican sources said...

AP source: Ex-Mexico defense minister arrested in Los Angeles on warrant for drug trafficking, money laundering charges

Oct. 16, 2020 12:24 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — AP source: Ex-Mexico defense minister arrested in Los Angeles on warrant for drug trafficking, money laundering charges.

24 indicted in probe of white supremacist prison gang

Oct. 15, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Twenty-four people, including alleged members of a white supremacist prison gang, have been indicted in federal courts in Texas, Kentucky and Mississippi on charges related to shootings, stabbings and killings, according to authorities. Indictments unsealed on Wednesday allege that members...

10 arrested in North Macedonia migrant smuggling bust

Oct. 15, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Ten men were arrested in North Macedonia on Thursday, accused of running a smuggling ring that brought in migrants from neighboring Greece. The Macedonian nationals, including a father and son who police say were the ringleaders, allegedly brought at least 100 migrants from...

Libya says human trafficker sanctioned by UN arrested

Oct. 15, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan security forces said they have arrested one of the country’s most wanted human traffickers in the capital, Tripoli, more than two years after the United Nations’ Security Council imposed sanctions against him. The arrest of Abdel-Rahman Milad, who also commanded a Coast...