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In this photo released by the Colombian Migration Press Office, ex-paramilitary commander Hernan Giraldo Serna, center, is escorted upon arrival at the El Dorado airport after being deported from the U.S. to Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Giraldo, 74, was deported from the U.S. and immediately taken into custody by authorities in Colombia, where he is expected to serve time for crimes against humanity, including torture, displacement, sexual slavery and kidnapping, as well as drug trafficking. (Colombian Migration Press Office via AP)

Some Colombians fear ex-paramilitary leader deported from US

Jan. 25, 2021 7:05 PM EST

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — On the north coast of Colombia there is anxiety over the return to the South American country of one of the most feared former paramilitary commanders: Hernán Giraldo Serna. “El Patrón” (the boss) or “El Taladro” (the drill, as he became...

Lawyer blames Mexican cartel in Nevada drug, cockfight case

Jan. 22, 2021 8:03 PM EST

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A defense lawyer says two Elko County men accused of trafficking drugs and conducting illegal cockfights feared for their lives and were only taking orders from higher-ups in a Mexican cartel that was running the operation in rural northeast Nevada. The trial in Elko County District Court...

Lawyer for ex-DEA agent: Charges mired in anti-Italian bias

Jan. 22, 2021 2:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The indictment of a former federal agent charged with pocketing $250,000 in bribes to protect the Mafia is rooted in a “racial animus” toward Italian Americans, his lawyer contends. Federal prosecutors have failed to identify “a single penny” Joseph Bongiovanni...

Guard accused of smuggling marijuana into Louisiana prison

Jan. 20, 2021 6:57 PM EST

ANGOLA, La. (AP) — A master sergeant at the Louisiana State Penitentiary was arrested after a shift change check found marijuana hidden in a disinfectant wipe container, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections said in a news release Wednesday. West Feliciana Parish sheriff’s deputies...

5 charged after authorities seize 151 pounds of meth

Jan. 20, 2021 4:55 AM EST

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Five Kentucky men accused of being part of a drug trafficking organization were charged in federal court after authorities seized 151 pounds of methamphetamine, officials said. The charges stem from an investigation conducted by federal and local law enforcement agencies, U.S....

US inmate to plead guilty in revenge murder-for-hire plot

Jan. 19, 2021 2:26 PM EST

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — An inmate at a South Carolina federal prison is set to plead guilty Tuesday in a murder-for-hire plot in which he used money from his prison account to try and pay a fake hitman to kill a prosecutor and witness in his prior case. Richard Gilbert, 52, was scheduled to enter his pleas...

Ex-Kansas prison guard charged in prison drug-smuggling

Jan. 18, 2021 9:41 AM EST

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas prison guard will stand trial on 10 counts related to a drug-smuggling case at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. Zachary Wood was bound over for trial last week following a preliminary hearing on counts ranging from possession with intent to distribute to...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2016 file photo, Secretary of Defense Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda arrives for a review of the troops that will participate in the Independence Day parade, in Mexico City. Mexican prosecutors on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, declared completely unfounded the U.S. case against Cienfuegos who was arrested on drug charges in the United States and then returned under pressure from the Mexican government. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico publishes heavily edited probe of exonerated general

Jan. 17, 2021 1:02 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One day after Mexico angered U.S. officials by publishing an entire 751-page U.S. case file against former Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos, the Mexican prosecutors who exonerated him released their own version — but with so many pages wholly blacked out it was almost...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2016 file photo, Secretary of Defense Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda arrives for a review of the troops that will participate in the Independence Day parade, in Mexico City. Mexican prosecutors on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, declared completely unfounded the U.S. case against Cienfuegos who was arrested on drug charges in the United States and then returned under pressure from the Mexican government. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico clears general, publishes US evidence against him

Jan. 16, 2021 12:03 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has accused the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of fabricating drug trafficking charges against the country's former defense secretary even as his government published hundreds of pages of U.S. files that purported to show...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, left, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, salute during the annual Independence Day military parade in Mexico City's main square. The U.S. Justice Department is dropping its drug trafficking and money laundering against former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico publishes US evidence on ex-defense secretary

Jan. 15, 2021 8:37 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico on Friday published 751 pages of evidence it received from the United States against Mexico’s former Defense Secretary, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, whom U.S. prosecutors had charged with drug trafficking. The unprecedented move came a day after Mexico announced it was...