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US seeks seizure of Mexican homes linked to drug lord

Apr. 15, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

A U.S. judge on Thursday authorized the seizure of real estate in Mexico that prosecutors said was purchased by a notorious fugitive drug lord wanted for the killing of a federal agent. The forfeiture order against Rafael Caro Quintero was entered in federal court in...

Police: Teacher killed in shootout with Mexican drug cartel

Apr. 15, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

GREEN LEVEL, N.C. (AP) — A popular teacher in North Carolina has died in what authorities said was an “old Western shootout” with members of a Mexican drug cartel. The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that Barney Dale Harris, 40, taught Spanish and was head...

Mexico detains cartel leader, local politician in 2 raids

Apr. 08, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors say they have detained one of the leaders of the Gulf Cartel, and in a related raid at a different house found a local politician with three guns. The federal Attorney General’s Office said late Wednesday that the raids took...

Mexican soldiers accused in 2014 massacre re-arrested

Apr. 01, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Seven Mexican soldiers who were accused in the 2014 army killings of 22 drug cartel suspects but later freed have been re-arrested, a human rights group confirmed Thursday. The newspaper El Universal reported Thursday that three of the seven are in...

Feds: 37 charged in violent drug ring led from inside prison

Mar. 30, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dozens of people are facing federal charges in a violent, years-long drug ring that an inmate orchestrated from inside a Tennessee state prison using smuggled cellphones, a federal prosecutor announced Tuesday. According to a news release from...

Ex-Mexico governor pleads guilty to money laundering in US

Mar. 25, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A former governor of a Mexican border state who prosecutors have said was connected to drug cartels pleaded guilty in a Texas court Thursday to taking more than $3.5 million in bribes for government contracts then laundering that money in the U.S. Tomas...

Gunmen ambush police convoy near Mexico City, killing 13

Mar. 19, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gunmen apparently from a drug gang ambushed a police convoy Thursday in central Mexico. killing eight state police officers and five prosecution investigators in a hail of gunfire, authorities said. The massacre of the 13 law enforcement officers in...

Hondurans await results in primary elections

Mar. 18, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández’s name keeps popping up in the New York trial of an alleged drug trafficker. And one of the candidates running to replace him in Sunday’s primary elections has been convicted in the same court of laundering money...

100 charged in 'Prison Empire;" SC's largest drug ring

Mar. 08, 2021 14:55 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State prosecutors have charged 100 people in what they said Monday was the largest number of defendants ever indicted in one drug operation in South Carolina courts. Ten of those charged are currently state prison inmates who used contraband...

6 men found dead in cartel-type vests in Mexico border area

Mar. 04, 2021 13:45 PM EST

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas said Wednesday that six men wearing vests with the initials of a notorious drug cartel have been found dead near the city of Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas. An...