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RCMP official arrested after FBI, RCMP found documents

Sep. 17, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Tuesday the national force was working with the FBI on an investigation last year when it discovered documents that eventually led to the arrest of one of its senior intelligence officers. Authorities arrested Cameron Jay Ortis last week and...

US narcotics agent admits role in drug trafficking scheme

Sep. 17, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal narcotics agent scheduled to stand trial this month has pleaded guilty to participating in a decadelong drug conspiracy that involved the smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York. Prosecutors said Fernando Gomez, a former U.S. Marine, infiltrated...

Dealer gets 24 years for running ring linked to deadly ODs

Sep. 17, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced to 24 years in federal prison for running a heroin distribution ring that has been tied to at least two overdose deaths. The Springfield News-Leader reports that 41-year-old Jovan Denson, of Springfield, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in...

Authorities say Ohio prisoner ran international drug ring

Sep. 13, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal authorities say a Mexican citizen incarcerated at a privately run Ohio prison used a smuggled cellphone to run an international drug ring that brought opioid pills, heroin, cocaine and other drugs to Cleveland from Mexico. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cleveland on Thursday said...

The rise and fall of former Venezuelan spymaster 'El Pollo'

Sep. 11, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The two intelligence agents scoured the sun-kissed faces of holidaymakers at Madrid's airport until they spotted the 5½-foot bald man. Traveling under a disguised identity, Hugo Chávez's long-time spy chief and one of the U.S.'s most wanted drug fugitives had just landed in Spain...

Meth drug ring leader gets 20 years in federal prison

Sep. 10, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The leader of a large-scale methamphetamine drug trafficking organization in eastern Oregon has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon sentenced Abel Lomas Murillo, of Weston, on Tuesday. Assistant...

Man convicted in informant's death gets 60-year sentence

Sep. 6, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A central Illinois man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for killing a police informant to keep her from testifying in a drug case. Marquelle Palmer of Bloomington in May was found guilty of murder in the death of Melissa Woods, whose body was found in 2012 in the basement of a...

New Zealand officials find half ton of meth hidden in motors

Sep. 6, 2019 2:54 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities said Friday they found more than a half ton of methamphetamine hidden inside a shipment of 60 electric motors from Thailand. Customs Investigations Manager Bruce Berry told The Associated Press they believe a sophisticated Canadian drug cartel is...

Mexican cartel forces gas stations to refuse army vehicles

Sep. 5, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican federal prosecutors said Thursday they have received complaints that gas stations in the northern border state of Tamaulipas are refusing to fill the tanks of army and police vehicles. The problem is centered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas. Nuevo Laredo has...

Mexican official denies vigilante movement has reignited

Sep. 2, 2019 9:58 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — State and local officials in western Mexico disputed Monday whether the old vigilante "self-defense" movement has re-awakened, or whether recent confrontations are just turf battles between gangs. The 2013-2014 vigilante movement took control of large swaths of western Michoacan state,...