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'Forgotten' US victims of Mexican drug lord want justice

Jul. 20, 2022 12:16 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — When fugitive 1980s Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero was arrested in Mexico last week, it stirred up old, terrible memories for Lannie Walker, the daughter of American writer John Clay Walker. While Caro Quintero was only ever sentenced in Mexico for the...

Mexico's capture of drug kingpin could be signal to US

Jul. 16, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United States’ motivation to find infamous drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero was never in doubt — hence the $20 million reward for information leading to his capture — there was less certainty about the commitment of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who...

Mexico captures infamous drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero

Jul. 15, 2022 22:53 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Infamous drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, who was behind the killing of a U.S. DEA agent in 1985, was captured Friday by Mexican forces nearly a decade after walking out of a Mexican prison and returning to drug trafficking, Mexico's navy said. Caro Quintero was...

1 million pills with fentanyl seized in record bust near LA

Jul. 14, 2022 16:05 PM EDT

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — One million pills containing fentanyl were seized during a raid near Los Angeles this month in what the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration called largest bust of its kind in California. The pills were found when agents served a search warrant July 5 at a...

California pair charged with smuggling drugs to 5 states

Jun. 17, 2022 19:11 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California pair not only smuggled drugs to five other states but repeatedly impersonated federal law enforcement officers as part of the nationwide scheme, a U.S. grand jury alleged this week. A federal grand jury in Sacramento on Thursday...

Veteran Miami DEA agents charged in bribery conspiracy

May. 20, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

A current U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and a former supervisor in the agency were charged Friday with leaking confidential law enforcement information to defense lawyers in Miami in exchange for $70,000 in cash. A five-count indictment unsealed in New York charges the...

Former DEA agent sentenced to 135 months for taking bribes

May. 11, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Drug Enforcement Administration agent who admitted to taking thousands of dollars in bribes from a drug trafficker was sentenced Wednesday to more than 11 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller sentenced Nathan Koen, who pleaded guilty...

'Corrupt to core' Caribbean premier gets bond in drug case

May. 11, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The premier of the British Virgin Islands, whom U.S. prosecutors described as “corrupt to the core,” was given a $500,000 bond that could see him released from prison as he awaits trial on charges tied to a U.S. narcotics sting. In a surprise decision, federal...