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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...

Man serving 660-year sentence denied compassionate release

Oct. 19, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man serving a 660-year prison sentence for laundering millions of dollars for a Colombian drug cartel was denied compassionate release on Monday by a federal judge who said he had failed to show he was at an increased risk of severe complications from the coronavirus....

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...

Delaware doctor convicted of supplying drug ring sentenced

Oct. 17, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A former Delaware doctor convicted of illegally prescribing thousands of powerful painkillers will spend five years and 10 months in prison. Charles Esham, 61, was sentenced Thursday after being found guilty by a federal jury of 39 counts of unlawful distribution of oxycodone 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).

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 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. 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)

A look at H-2 cartel Mexican ex-army chief accused of aiding

Oct. 16, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Former Mexican defense secretary Salvador Cienfuegos stands accused by U.S. prosecutors of aiding the so-called H-2 cartel ship drugs to the United States. But in a country where the names of drug lords and cartels are household words the H-2 gang left many Mexicans scratching their...

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...

Authorities: Ex-Mexican defense secretary helped cartel bring thousands of kilograms of cocaine, other drugs into U.S.

Oct. 16, 2020 1:17 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities: Ex-Mexican defense secretary helped cartel bring thousands of kilograms of cocaine, other drugs into U.S.
FILE - This file booking photo provided by the Weber County Sheriff's Office shows Aaron Shamo. Shamo, who was convicted of shipping fake prescription drugs all over the country from his home in suburban Salt Lake City during the nation's opioid epidemic, is set to be sentenced on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Weber County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Leader of dark-web opioid drug ring gets life sentence

Oct. 15, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A suburban millennial convicted of becoming an online drug kingpin was sent to prison for life Thursday, but not before he was confronted by a grieving mother. Tova Keblish said her son thought he was buying painkillers online to cope with his agony after leg surgery. Instead,...

Members of the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredo, a binational professional baseball team with home stadiums in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and Laredo, Texas, stand for the U.S. National Anthem before a game in 2019 in Laredo, Texas in a scene from

'Bad Hombres' film uses baseball to show the game of borders

Oct. 15, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — People have always crossed borders to play baseball, and the sport routinely reaches across borders to fans. But rarely do players have to cross a border almost every day to participate in a game they love while dodging the tensions and rhetoric around this imaginary line. And...