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Man who sold drugs from Montana pre-release center sentenced

Aug. 3, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A man who prosecutors said distributed drugs from a Montana pre-release center has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison. Judge Brian Morris sentenced Anthony Joseph Beltran on Monday and ordered him to forfeit four vehicles, an RV and almost $48,000 in currency. The...

Mexico arrests violent gang leader known for emotive videos

Aug. 2, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police and military forces on Sunday arrested the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima gang who spread violence through north-central Mexico and fought a years-long bloody turf battle with the Jalisco cartel. The armed forces and officials in the state of Guanajuato said they had...

FILE- In this Jan 3, 2020 file courtroom sketch, defense attorney Cesar de Castro, left, Mexico's former top security official, Genaro Garcia Luna, center, and a court interpreter, appear for an arraignment hearing in Brooklyn federal court in New York. Garcia Luna pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted a fortune in drug-money bribes from kingpin Joaquin

Ex high-ranking Mexican officers charged in drug scheme

Jul. 30, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two former high-ranking Mexican law enforcement officials have been accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes to protect Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s notorious Sinaloa cartel, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Luis Cardenas Palomino and Ramon Pequeno Garcia...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, flowers placed by relatives remain where one of the cars belonging to the extended LeBaron family was ambushed by gunmen last year near Bavispe, Sonora state, Mexico. Relatives of nine women and children from an offshoot Mormon community who were killed in Mexico in November filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, July 23, 2020, in North Dakota, against the Juarez drug cartel. The lawsuit accuses the cartel of attacking the family members in retribution for their public criticism and protests against the cartel. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez, File)

Family of 9 slain Mexican-Americans sues Juarez drug cartel

Jul. 29, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

Family members of nine women and children from an offshoot Mormon community who were killed in Mexico have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Juarez drug cartel of carrying out the attack in retribution for their public criticism and protests against the cartel. A lawyer for the family members said they are...

Mexico seizes 2nd lot of fentanyl in medical capsules

Jul. 27, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a sign that Mexican traffickers may be having a harder time getting their hands on fentanyl, Mexico said Monday it has seized a second shipment of medicinal fentanyl in glass capsules, suggesting they may have been diverted from a lab, pharmacy or hospital. Mexican cartels have...

18 face charges in Massachusetts drug investigation

Jul. 24, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Eighteen people are facing charges in connection with that federal prosecutors call a wide-ranging fentanyl, heroin, crack, and cocaine trafficking ring, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Boston. Eight of the suspects, all of whom live in Fitchburg or Gardner, were previously...

The new Secretary of Communications and Transport of the government of then President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Javier Jimenez Espriu, talks to residents of San Nicolas Tlaminca as they protest against the construction of Mexico City's new airport near their community, in San Nicolas Tlaminca, México, Oct. 10, 2018. Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday, July 23, 2020, that he had accepted the resignation of Transportation Secretary Javier Jimenez Espriu after a “dispute” with Jimenez, who thought Mexico’s sea ports should be managed by his agency and not the military as designated by the president. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexican transport minister resigns in dispute with president

Jul. 23, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andréz Manuel López Obrador’s decision last week to put management of the country’s customs operations in the hands of the military has claimed one of his Cabinet ministers who opposed the move. López Obrador said Thursday that he had...

FILE - In this June 7, 2020 file photo, a demonstrator sticks a flyer of a women who was a victim of violence on the riot shield of police officer outside Mexico City's security headquarters during a protest amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico City. New government figures show the number of homicides in Mexico has grown during the new coronavirus pandemic, including a 9.2% spike in killings of women, according to data released Monday, July 20.  (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

Murders in Mexico, especially of women, grew during pandemic

Jul. 20, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of homicides in Mexico has grown during the new coronavirus pandemic, including a 9.2% spike in killings of women, according to government figures released Monday. The data for the first half of 2020 showed homicides increased 1.9% to 17,982, as compared to 17,653 in the same...

FBI memo reveals drug smuggling at Mena airport in 1980

Jul. 20, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A recently released FBI document indicates that a commercial airline pilot who became a major drug smuggler for the Medellín Cartel used the Mena airport for his smuggling operation in the early 1980s. The “extensive joint investigation” by the FBI, Arkansas...

Mexico video shows dozens of uniformed gunmen, armored cars

Jul. 18, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's top security official said Saturday that authorities are investigating a video showing dozens of combat-uniformed gunmen posing with military-grade weapons and armored pickup trucks, some painted with the initials of the Jalisco drug cartel, in what appears to be a show of...