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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, left, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, salute during the annual Independence Day military parade in Mexico City's main square. The U.S. Justice Department is dropping its drug trafficking and money laundering against former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico publishes US evidence on ex-defense secretary

Jan. 15, 2021 8:37 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico on Friday published 751 pages of evidence it received from the United States against Mexico’s former Defense Secretary, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, whom U.S. prosecutors had charged with drug trafficking. The unprecedented move came a day after Mexico announced it was...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2020 file photo, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador attends the commemoration of his second anniversary in office at the National Palace in Mexico City. One day after Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office announced it was dropping the drug trafficking case against its former defense secretary, López Obrador said Friday, Jan. 15, 2020 that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had “fabricated” the accusations against retired Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico says US 'fabricated' charges, releases evidence

Jan. 15, 2021 8:32 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Friday that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had “fabricated” drug trafficking accusations against his country's former defense minister and then his government published what he said was the entire case...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2016 file photo, Secretary of Defense Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda arrives for a review of the troops that will participate in the Independence Day parade, in Mexico City. Mexican prosecutors on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, declared completely unfounded the U.S. case against Cienfuegos who was arrested on drug charges in the United States and then returned under pressure from the Mexican government. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico clears ex-defense secretary of all US accusations

Jan. 14, 2021 10:51 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors on Thursday declared completely unfounded the U.S. case against a former defense secretary arrested on drug charges in the United States and then returned under pressure from the Mexican government. Few had ever expected Mexico to really prosecute influential former...

Foundation boots UNC-Chapel Hill fraternity from house

Jan. 12, 2021 5:48 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A foundation has ended the lease for a fraternity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that was one of three Greek chapters linked to a drug trafficking ring. The lease for the Kappa Sigma fraternity will end on Jan. 18, one month after local and federal law...

Running gun battle in Mexico leaves 9 gunmen, 1 police dead

Jan. 11, 2021 7:30 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A series of running gunbattles in Mexico’s most violent state left nine suspected gunmen and one state police officer dead Monday, authorities said. The shootouts in north-central Guanajuato state started before dawn near the hamlet of Santa Rosa de Lima, the stronghold of a gang...

Bullet holes mark the wall and window of a home, after gunmen opened fire the previous night on mourners at a wake out front, on the outskirts of Celaya, Guanajuato State, Mexico, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Nine people were killed and one wounded when gunmen opened fire at the wake for a murder victim, officials said. (AP Photo/Mario Armas)

9 killed in attack on wake in Mexico's Guanajuato state

Jan. 8, 2021 4:08 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nine people were killed and one wounded when gunmen opened fire at a wake the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, officials said. Public safety officials in the city of Celaya said in a statement the gunmen arrived late Thursday night and opened fire on a group of people. The victims...

Feds charge 10 in drug bust linked to Oklahoma prison gang

Dec. 23, 2020 6:17 PM EST

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday they've charged 10 people and broken up a drug distribution ring in eastern Oklahoma involving a white supremacist prison gang. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Muskogee announced indictments against the defendants that includes inmates at...

Mom of SC woman who died after overdose recalls her life

Dec. 21, 2020 12:01 AM EST

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Nikki Christmas had turned her life around — her loved ones could all see how well she was doing. She had been addicted to pills, but with support from her mother, she sought help going through recovery at the Faith Home in Greenwood. After getting clean, she started working...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2016 file photo, Jalisco state Governor Jorge Aristóteles Sandoval Díaz talks about the problems of climate change at the close of the Second Climate Change Summit of the Americas in Guadalajara, Mexico. The former governor of Mexico’s troubled western state of Jalisco was shot to death early Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 at a restaurant in the Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta, according to state prosecutor Gerardo Octavio Solis. (Refugio Ruiz/AP Images for Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco, File)

Ex-governor of Mexico's Jalisco state shot to death

Dec. 18, 2020 9:24 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The former governor of Mexico’s troubled western state of Jalisco was shot to death early Friday at a restaurant in the Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta. State prosecutor Gerardo Octavio Solis said Friday that Aristóteles Sandoval was killed in an attack that targeted...

FILE - In this April 20, 2015, file photo, the Old Well is seen near the South Building on campus at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. Fraternity members at North Carolina's flagship school were part of a drug trafficking ring that for years funneled huge quantities of drugs into three college campuses, federal prosecutors said Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

UNC suspends 3 fraternities that feds linked to drug ring

Dec. 18, 2020 5:57 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced Friday that it has suspended three fraternities that have been linked to a drug trafficking ring that federal prosecutors say funneled large amounts of drugs into three college campuses. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in...