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Mexico confirms deaths of 5 Yaqui Indigenous men

Sep. 27, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — DNA tests on six sets of skeletal remains found in northern Mexico have confirmed that five of them belong to some of 10 missing men from Mexico’s most persecuted Indigenous group. The prosecutors' office in the northern state of Sonora said Monday...

Police swoop on Balkan cartel's European ‘cocaine pipeline’

Sep. 27, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Law enforcement agencies from eight European countries pounced on a Balkan crime organization allegedly running the continent's largest cocaine distribution network, making 61 arrests and seizing more than four metric tons (4.4 tons) of the drug, authorities said Monday. ...

Alleged Mexican drug cartel boss charged in California

Sep. 22, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An alleged top lieutenant of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel has been accused of helping smuggle tons of methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin and other drugs into the United States, federal authorities said Wednesday. A 2018 indictment by a federal grand jury...

Officials: US citizen living in Mexico indicted in drug case

Sep. 15, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. citizen living in Mexico who claimed ties to the Sinaloa cartel faces a 17-count indictment related to a drug trafficking operation between Mexico and Alaska, federal authorities announced Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Alaska...

Mexico gives drug lord Vicente Carrillo Fuentes 28 years

Sep. 14, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Mexico has sentenced drug lord Vicente Carrillo Fuentes to 28 years in prison for organized crime, money laundering and weapons violations, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Carillo Fuentes was a former leader of the Juarez drug cartel, based...

Leader of Mexican drug trafficking ring gets 8 years prison

Sep. 13, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The leader of a Mexican-based heroin trafficking ring that distributed the drug to cells operating in and around Portland and in southwestern Washington was sentenced Monday to just over eight years in federal prison. Paul Alberto Guillen, 27, is...

Felon turned mayor candidate challenged over right to run

Sep. 05, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (AP) — A man running for mayor in a Savannah suburb is defending his qualifications for office, saying a restoration of rights following a drug trafficking conviction makes him legally eligible. WTOC-TV reports that a Port...

Spain announces 107 arrests in major marijuana raids in July

Sep. 01, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — More than 100 people were arrested when police in Spain busted an illegal drug ring this summer, Europol said Wednesday. The European policing authority said that the arrests occurred on July 13 when Spanish police, in collaboration with police from...

Years on, no convictions for Mexico casino fire with 52 dead

Aug. 24, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Ten years after Zetas cartel gunmen stormed into a casino in northern Mexico and set fire to the building, killing 52 people, nobody has been convicted for murder or arson. The fire at the Casino Royale in Monterrey was one of the worst attacks...

US deports Eduardo Arellano Felix, Mexico re-arrests him

Aug. 23, 2021 20:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of the notorious Arellano Felix brothers was deported from the United States back to Mexico after serving most of a 15-year prison sentence, but he was promptly re-arrested when he arrived in his homeland Monday. Prosecutors in Mexico said...