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Gang used drugs, violence to commit robberies that led to four deaths, prosecutors say

Jul. 12, 2024 16:27 PM EDT

A group of gang members who trafficked drugs and guns and used dating websites to connect with people interested in hiring prostitutes were responsible for a series of robberies that led to four deaths, federal prosecutors said Friday. Dubbed the “fentanyl robbery gang,” the...

US sanctions a Venezuela gang for spreading criminal activity across Latin America

Jul. 11, 2024 18:07 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday sanctioned a Venezuelan gang allegedly behind a spree of kidnappings, extortion and other violent crimes tied to migrants that have spread across Latin America and the United States. The U.S. also offered a $12 million reward for...

Biden administration sanctions Venezuela's Tren de Aragua gang for spreading criminal activity throughout Latin America

Jul. 11, 2024 12:12 PM EDT
MIAMI (AP) — Biden administration sanctions Venezuela's Tren de Aragua gang for spreading criminal activity throughout Latin America.

MS-13 leader pleads guilty in case involving 8 murders, including deaths of 2 girls on Long Island

Jul. 10, 2024 16:30 PM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A leader of an MS-13 gang clique in New York pleaded guilty Wednesday to racketeering in a case involving eight murders, including the 2016 killings of two high school girls who were hacked and beaten as they strolled through their leafy, suburban neighborhood on Long...

Iraqi court sentences wife of slain Islamic State leader to death for crimes against Yazidi women

Jul. 10, 2024 15:30 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi court issued a death sentence against one of the wives of the late brutal Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, alleging that she was complicit in crimes committed against Yazidi women captured by the militant group, the country's judiciary announced Wednesday. ...

New York MS-13 gang leader pleads guilty to racketeering in case involving 8 murders, including deaths of 2 schoolgirls

Jul. 10, 2024 13:01 PM EDT
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — New York MS-13 gang leader pleads guilty to racketeering in case involving 8 murders, including deaths of 2 schoolgirls.

In first comments, the Kenyan force in Haiti says 'no room for failure' against powerful gangs

Jul. 09, 2024 00:53 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The head of the Kenya-led multinational force tasked with curbing gang violence in Haiti said on Monday “there's no room for failure” and that the United Nations-backed police mission was committed to ensuring democratic elections in the Caribbean nation. ...

Haiti police retake control of a police station in the capital that was attacked by gangs

Jul. 02, 2024 10:20 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Officers regained control of a police station in Haiti's capital that had been the target of armed gangs in recent months, authorities said Monday. The station in Gressier, located in the western tip of Port-au-Prince, was most recently attacked on...

Haiti's gang violence has displaced 300,000 children, the UN says

Jul. 02, 2024 00:05 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Gang violence in Haiti has displaced more than 300,000 children since March, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday as the Caribbean country struggles to curb killings and kidnappings. Children are more than half of the nearly 580,000 people who have...

2 killed, 5 injured in gang-related shooting in Southern California's high desert, authorities say

Jun. 27, 2024 13:08 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Two people were killed and five others injured during a gang-related shooting in Southern California's high desert, authorities said. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were called to the scene in the city of Lancaster, about 42 miles (68 kilometers)...