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Mexico is world's deadliest spot for environmental activists

Sep. 29, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

VICAM, Mexico (AP) — Mexico has become the deadliest place in the world for environmental and land defense activists, according to a global survey released Wednesday, and the Yaqui Indigenous people of northern Mexico are still mourning the killing of water-defense leader Tomás Rojo found dead...

Mexico is world's deadliest spot for environmental activists

Sep. 28, 2022 23:21 PM EDT

VICAM, Mexico (AP) — Mexico has become the deadliest place in the world for environmental and land defense activists, according to a global survey released Wednesday, and the Yaqui Indigenous people of northern Mexico are still mourning the killing of water-defense leader Tomás Rojo found dead...

DEA: Fake pills containing fentanyl helping drive OD deaths

Sep. 27, 2022 18:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An increasing number of fake prescription pills that contain potentially deadly fentanyl are helping drive overdose death rates to record levels in the U.S., including some now manufactured in rainbow colors designed to look like candy, federal officials said Tuesday. ...

EXPLAINER: Mexican army's role in students' disappearance

Sep. 25, 2022 14:22 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican army's role in the disappearance of 43 college students, its participation in covering up the facts and its alleged links to organized crime are now at the center of a case that has shaken the nation. The government's Truth Commission declared the incident a...

Spanish police seize 15 tons of Moroccan hashish, arrest 49

Sep. 23, 2022 05:19 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Civil Guard said Friday it seized 14 metric tons (15.4 tons) of hashish from Morocco and arrested 49 people as it smashed a major drug-smuggling ring. The gang was believed to be the biggest operating in Spain, regularly bringing up to 20 metric tons (19.7...

1.8 tons of cocaine seized, 5 arrested in Nigerian bust

Sep. 20, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s anti-drug agency seized a record 1.8 tons of cocaine valued at $278 million at a Lagos warehouse in what it described Monday as likely the country’s largest bust ever. Five people – the warehouse manager and four “drug barons” including...

US court awards $73 million for Venezuelan opponent's death

Sep. 19, 2022 21:34 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge in Miami has awarded $73 million in damages to the family of a prominent opponent of Venezuela's socialist government who died while in custody in what he described as a “murder for hire” carried out by a criminal enterprise led by President Nicolás Maduro. ...

Ex-Gulf Cartel boss gets life sentence for drug conspiracy

Sep. 15, 2022 18:44 PM EDT

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican national who headed the Gulf Cartel from 2003 to 2012 was sentenced Thursday to life in prison and ordered to pay a $5 million forfeiture after pleading guilty in a U.S. court to drug smuggling conspiracy. A federal judge in Brownsville, Texas,...

Alleged Mexican cartel hitman extradited to North Dakota

Sep. 13, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — An accused prolific hitman for a Mexican drug cartel has been transferred to face federal charges in North Dakota, nearly 11 years after he was apprehended in Tijuana. Juan Francisco Sillas-Rocha appeared Friday in Fargo on three charges, including conspiracy to...

Mexico's Senate votes to hand over National Guard to army

Sep. 09, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Senate passed a bill early Friday handing control of the country’s recently created National Guard over to the military. When the National Guard was created under a Constitutional reform in 2019, it was placed under civilian control. But most of its...