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Hondurans worry legislative crisis could sink new government

Jan. 26, 2022 19:21 PM EST

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — On the eve of their new president’s inauguration, Hondurans worried Wednesday that a legislative crisis threatened to derail the government they have placed so much hope in before it even begins. President-elect Xiomara Castro, Honduras’ first...

Prosecutor: Killings of Canadians in Mexico due to gang debt

Jan. 25, 2022 22:46 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A prosecutor in Mexico said Tuesday the killing of two Canadians at a Caribbean coast resort last week was motivated by debts between international gangs apparently dedicated to drug and weapons trafficking. On Friday, prosecutors said both dead men had criminal...

6 charged with bid to smuggle arsenal to Mexican drug cartel

Jan. 24, 2022 20:03 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Six men have been charged with plotting to smuggle assault weapons and hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition, including .50-caliber armor piercing bullets, to one of Mexico's most violent drug cartels, authorities announced Monday. The alleged ringleader...

US detains smuggling ship, UK seizes drugs in Mideast waters

Jan. 23, 2022 07:10 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy announced Sunday it seized a boat in the Gulf of Oman carrying fertilizer used to make explosives that was caught last year smuggling weapons to Yemen. The British royal navy said it confiscated 1,041 kilograms (2,295 pounds) of illegal drugs in...

Suspect in Haiti president’s assassination extradited to US

Jan. 19, 2022 19:05 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — U.S. authorities said Wednesday that a businessman accused in the July 7 killing of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was extradited to face criminal charges in Miami after he was detained in the Dominican Republic. “We can confirm Rodolphe Jaar is in U.S. custody in...

Rio de Janeiro police move to regain control of some favelas

Jan. 19, 2022 16:31 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Some 1,200 police officers were deployed to Rio de Janeiro’s working-class Jacarezinho neighborhood and its surroundings early Wednesday, marking the start of a state effort seeking to “reclaim territory,” authorities said. It remains unclear how the program will...

Spanish police bust large heroin ring, arrest 10 in raids

Jan. 16, 2022 10:01 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish police have arrested the leading smuggler of heroin into the European country in a bust that took a total of 10 people into custody and confiscated 55 kilograms of the drug, police said on Sunday. Police said that the ring based in the central...

3 arrests in 2020 triple-slaying at California high school

Jan. 13, 2022 21:20 PM EST

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities investigating the fatal shootings of three teenagers in central California said Thursday they have arrested three men suspected in the killings and two dozen other gang members connected to a drugs and weapons trafficking operation. Jose Carlos...

Human, drug trafficking are priorities for state US attorney

Jan. 13, 2022 15:47 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Pursuing human, drug and gun trafficking cases and being more of a visible presence in the community will be among new U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Rachael Rollins' priorities as she takes helm as the top federal prosecutor in the state, she said Thursday. The...

Ex-inmate admits role in federal prison smuggling scheme

Jan. 11, 2022 11:16 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Another former inmate at a federal prison in New Jersey has admitted his role in a scheme to use drones to smuggle drugs and other contraband to inmates into the facility. Johansel Moronta, 29, of Linden, pleaded guilty Monday to possessing and obtaining...