Latest Organized crime News

Reputed mobster gets four years in prison for extorting NYC labor union

Feb. 28, 2024 15:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Mafia member was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in federal prison for his role in a long-running scheme in which he and others extorted funds from a New York City labor union, federal prosecutors said. Vincent Ricciardo, a captain in Colombo crime...

Dutch court convicts 17 members of criminal gang and sentences 3 to life imprisonment

Feb. 27, 2024 06:23 AM EST

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch court convicted 17 suspects on Tuesday in the long-running trial of an underworld gang that planned a string of killings. Judges handed life sentences to three of them, including the gang's “undisputed leader,” Ridouan Taghi, once the Netherlands most-wanted fugitive....

A senior police officer and 2 wanted Pakistani Taliban members were killed in a shootout, police say

Feb. 27, 2024 02:01 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A senior police officer and two wanted Pakistani Taliban members died in an intense shootout set off when police raided a militant hideout early Tuesday in the country's northwest, a local police official said. Two other police officers were wounded in...

The Taliban hold another public execution as thousands watch at a stadium in northern Afghanistan

Feb. 26, 2024 18:23 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban held a public execution on Monday of a man convicted of murder in northern Afghanistan as thousands watched at a sports stadium, the third such death sentence to be carried out in the past five days. The execution took place in heavy snowfall in the...

7 people in the Cayman Islands are seriously injured by gunfire at a soccer game, police say

Feb. 26, 2024 16:20 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — At least seven people were shot at a crowded soccer match in the Cayman Islands and were hospitalized with serious injuries, police said Monday. The shooting that police believe could be gang-related occurred late Sunday in West Bay, located in the...

An official in Burundi says rebels kill 9 people and accuses Rwanda of backing the group

Feb. 26, 2024 11:09 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An official in Burundi says nine people have been killed in an attack by rebels opposed to his government and again accuses neighboring Rwanda of supporting the armed group. Government spokesman Jérôme Niyonzima described a “cowardly attack” by...

Taliban hold public execution for 2 men, who are killed by gunfire in a stadium as thousands watch

Feb. 23, 2024 02:53 AM EST

GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's ruling Taliban carried out a double public execution Thursday at a stadium in the country's southeast, where relatives of the victims of stabbing deaths fired guns at two convicted men while thousands of people watched. The Taliban’s...

Utah man sues Maduro over trauma caused by nearly two years of imprisonment in Venezuela

Feb. 22, 2024 21:27 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Utah man imprisoned for nearly two years in Venezuela has sued President Nicolás Maduro, accusing the leftist leader of heading a “criminal enterprise” that kidnaps, tortures and unjustly imprisons American citizens. The complaint filed Thursday in Miami federal...

The strangled bodies of 2 men have been found on a popular beach in the Mexican resort of Acapulco

Feb. 22, 2024 17:40 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The strangled bodies of two men were found Thursday on a popular beach in the Mexican resort of Acapulco. The resort has been struggling to recover it tourist trade after being hit by Category 5 Hurricane Otis in October, leaving at least 52 dead and destroying...

Former Haitian police chief accused in 2021 presidential slaying resigns as OAS representative

Feb. 22, 2024 13:10 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Léon Charles, the former chief of Haiti’s National Police who was recently accused in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, announced Thursday that he was stepping down as permanent representative of Haiti to the Organization of American States. ...