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Mother and son who ran drug ring get lengthy prison terms

Jul. 01, 2022 12:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts mother and son who ran a large-scale drug ring that made and distributed hundreds of thousands of counterfeit pills containing the powerful opioid fentanyl to the region north of Boston have both received lengthy prison terms. Vincent Caruso, 27, was...

Killing of Mexican reporter may be linked to local politics

Jun. 30, 2022 15:55 PM EDT

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico’s president said Thursday that the killing of a reporter in the northern border state of Tamaulipas — the 12th so far this year in Mexico — may be linked to local politics. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said federal prosecutors...

6 police officers killed in northern Mexico ambush

Jun. 26, 2022 22:39 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Six police officers were killed and four others wounded Sunday in the northern Mexico border state of Nuevo Leon after they were ambushed by a presumed drug gang equipped with 10 home-made armored cars and heavy weaponry. Nuevo Leon state police said the patrol...

Prosecutor: 4 police, up to 8 suspects killed in west Mexico

Jun. 23, 2022 23:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Four police officers were shot to death after being drawn into an ambush in western Mexico, and as many as eight suspected attackers were killed in a gunbattle with other police who rushed to the site, authorites said Thursday. Luis Joaquín Méndez, chief...

EXPLAINER: What led to priests being killed in Mexico?

Jun. 23, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two Jesuit priests and a tour guide murdered in Mexico’s Sierra Tarahumara this week are the latest in a long line of activists, reporters, travelers and local residents who have been threatened or killed by criminal gangs that dominate the region. The Revs....

Head of drug trafficking ring gets 15-year prison sentence

Jun. 23, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

The leader of a large-scale drug trafficking organization that imported millions of doses of cocaine and fentanyl to several U.S. states has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, federal authorities in Rhode Island said. Juni Rafael Jimenez-Martinez, 47, a Dominican national who had...

2 priests killed in Mexico devoted decades to remote region

Jun. 22, 2022 19:13 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Well before many roads were paved in Mexico’s remote Tarahumara mountains, Jesuit priest Javier Campos crisscrossed the area on a motorcycle. During five decades ministering to its impoverished communities, his familiar imitation of a rooster and love of singing earned him...

Leftist's election to test Colombia's alliance with US

Jun. 21, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — It’s one of the United States’ few enduring alliances in an often-turbulent Latin America, one built around a decades-long partnership combating the nation’s drug cartels. But Gustavo Petro’s election as Colombia’s first leftist president is likely...

2 more plead guilty to roles in drug trafficking scheme

Jun. 18, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two Massachusetts residents have pleaded guilty to their roles in a drug trafficking ring that included the sale of counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl out of a market, federal prosecutors said. Cintia Franco, 34, and Amauris Antonio Rosario Garcia, 39,...

Bloody toll of Mexican criminals' fixation on exotic pets

Jun. 17, 2022 12:45 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican narcos’ fascination with exotic animals was on display this week after a spider monkey dressed up as a drug gang mascot was killed in a shootout, a 450-pound (200 kilogram) tiger wandered the streets in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit, and a man died after trying...