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Sri Lankan police officers belonging to the narcotics unit, in green jackets, stand next to a seized haul of narcotics at a fishery harbor in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 3, 2020. For years, authorities in Sri Lanka have tried to rid the Indian Ocean island nation of illegal drugs. But a drug ring allegedly including more than a dozen officers from a key national narcotics unit has exposed how much of a challenge that goal brings. (AP Photo)

Arrests of narcotics police highlight Sri Lanka drug problem

Sep. 17, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — For years, authorities in Sri Lanka have tried to rid the Indian Ocean island nation of illegal drugs, even attempting to lift a decades-old moratorium on the death penalty to be able to execute drug offenders. But a drug ring allegedly including more than a dozen officers from a...

FILE - This June 13, 2016 file photo shows Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in Florida. A once-standout U.S. narcotics agent has admitted conspiring to launder money with a Colombian drug cartel. Jose Irizarry pleaded guilty Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 in Tampa, Fla., to federal bank fraud, conspiracy and other charges. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

Once-standout DEA agent says he conspired with drug cartel

Sep. 14, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A once-standout U.S. narcotics agent admitted Monday to conspiring to launder money with the same Colombian cartel he was sworn to fight — one of the most egregious betrayals of the badge in the history of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The disgraced agent, Jose I....

FILE - Protesters participate in the Good Trouble Tuesday march for Breonna Taylor, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Louisville, Ky.  A lawyer for Breonna Taylor's family said a plea deal was offered to an accused drug trafficker that would have forced him to implicate Taylor, who was killed by police in a raid on her home in March. Louisville's top prosecutor acknowledged the existence of the document but said it was part of preliminary plea negotiations with a man charged with illegal drug trafficking and not an attempt to smear Taylor.(Amy Harris/Invision/AP File)

Lawyer: Plea offer tried to link Breonna Taylor to drug ring

Sep. 1, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A lawyer for Breonna Taylor's family said prosecutors offered a plea deal to an accused drug trafficker that would have forced him to implicate Taylor in criminal activity after her killing by police had pushed her name to the forefront of a national reckoning on race. Louisville's...

Gunmen kill son of legendary Mexico drug capo Amado Carrillo

Aug. 15, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in northern Mexico say that gunmen have killed a son of legendary drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes. The father, better known by his nickname,“The Lord of The Skies,” for his habit of transporting shipments of drugs on jet airliners, died in a botched plastic...

Mexico judge holds gang leader for trial for fuel theft

Aug. 12, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican court has ordered the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima gang held over for trial on organized crime charges. José Antonio Yépez Ortiz will be held in prison for at least two months at a maximum security prison just west of Mexico City until further hearings are held. ...

Cartel member arrested in 2018 YouTube commentator killing

Aug. 11, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in southern Mexico said Tuesday they have arrested an alleged lieutenant of a drug gang for the 2018 murder of a YouTube commentator in Acapulco. The Guerrero state prosecutors office said the suspect had once been the second in command of the Independent Cartel of Acapulco....

7 killed in Mexico's most violent state despite capo arrest

Aug. 8, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hopes that the recent arrest of a Mexican gang leader could calm the country’s most violent state appeared dashed Saturday as the bullet-ridden bodies of seven men were found in a field and a rival drug cartel announced it was moving in. The central state of Guanajuato has been...

Mexico arrests violent gang leader known for emotive videos

Aug. 2, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police and military forces on Sunday arrested the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima gang who spread violence through north-central Mexico and fought a years-long bloody turf battle with the Jalisco cartel. The armed forces and officials in the state of Guanajuato said they had...

FILE- In this Jan 3, 2020 file courtroom sketch, defense attorney Cesar de Castro, left, Mexico's former top security official, Genaro Garcia Luna, center, and a court interpreter, appear for an arraignment hearing in Brooklyn federal court in New York. Garcia Luna pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted a fortune in drug-money bribes from kingpin Joaquin

Ex high-ranking Mexican officers charged in drug scheme

Jul. 30, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two former high-ranking Mexican law enforcement officials have been accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes to protect Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s notorious Sinaloa cartel, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Luis Cardenas Palomino and Ramon Pequeno Garcia...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, flowers placed by relatives remain where one of the cars belonging to the extended LeBaron family was ambushed by gunmen last year near Bavispe, Sonora state, Mexico. Relatives of nine women and children from an offshoot Mormon community who were killed in Mexico in November filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, July 23, 2020, in North Dakota, against the Juarez drug cartel. The lawsuit accuses the cartel of attacking the family members in retribution for their public criticism and protests against the cartel. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez, File)

Family of 9 slain Mexican-Americans sues Juarez drug cartel

Jul. 29, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

Family members of nine women and children from an offshoot Mormon community who were killed in Mexico have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Juarez drug cartel of carrying out the attack in retribution for their public criticism and protests against the cartel. A lawyer for the family members said they are...