Latest Drug cartels News

Millions of rounds of ammunition stolen on Mexican highway

Jun. 11, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two trailer loads of small-caliber ammunition bound for the United States were stolen by armed assailants on a highway in Mexico’s most violent state, Guanajuato, the manufacturer said Friday. A company representative said about 98.5% of the...

Wife of drug kingpin 'El Chapo' pleads guilty to US charges

Jun. 10, 2021 22:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pleaded guilty Thursday to charges in the U.S. and admitted that she helped her husband run his multibillion-dollar criminal empire. Emma Coronel Aispuro, wearing a green jail uniform,...

Crackdown on Southern California meth ring ends in arrests

Jun. 09, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A dozen people were arrested Wednesday in a crackdown on a Southern California ring that smuggled large quantities of methamphetamine from Mexico, authorities said. The 12 were among 21 people named in federal grand jury indictments charging...

Amazon city shuts down amid attacks over trafficker's death

Jun. 07, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian Amazon’s biggest city ordered schools closed and suspended public transportation Monday amid a wave of vandalism and violence that has followed the death of an alleged leader of a drug trafficking ring in a shootout with police. ...

Fentanyl overdoses on the rise in New Mexico

Jun. 06, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Little blue pills are becoming more prevalent across New Mexico, but, while seemingly harmless, they pack a deadly punch. These blue pills interlope as prescription pills, but they’re anything but doctor-approved. Fentanyl is...

St. Louis man sentenced to 23 years for murder, drug crimes

Jun. 04, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man who admitted killing two people and trying to have a third killed as part of his involvement in a cocaine trafficking ring has been sentenced to 23 years in federal prison, prosecutors said. Maurice Woodson, 34, was sentenced Thursday...

Mexico's midterms raise question of López Obrador's legacy

Jun. 03, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president depicts Sunday’s congressional, state and local elections as the last opportunity to keep conservatives from returning to power, while opponents say it is a twilight battle to defend the country’s democratic institutions against a powerful...

In Mexico, cartels are hunting down police at their homes

May. 30, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The notoriously violent Jalisco cartel has responded to Mexico’s “hugs, not bullets” policy with a policy of its own: The cartel kidnapped several members of an elite police force in the state of Guanajuato, tortured them to obtain names and addresses of fellow...

In Mexico, campaigners fear attacks that have killed 34

May. 28, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — It's routine preparation for a campaign stop for Guillermo Valencia, who is running for mayor in Morelia, capital of the troubled Mexican state of Michoacan. Bodyguards ride in cars ahead and behind him and before reaching the rally, he stops by a relative’s house...

Mayoral candidate killed in Mexico; 34 dead so far

May. 26, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Yet another mayoral candidate in north-central Mexico has been killed, bringing to 34 the number of candidates murdered nationwide ahead of the June 6 elections. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Wednesday the killing was “without...